National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer Bryan Moss decided to uphold the suspension of NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Matt Kenseth today.
Kenseth took his case to the Final Appeals Officer (FAO) after initially losing an appeal to the three-person appeal panel earlier today.
The FAO did amend the probation, reducing it from six months to the end of the 2015 calendar year, but the former Sprint Cup series champion and Joe Gibbs Racing driver will still have to sit out the next two races.
After the news was made public, fellow drivers reached out in support of Kenseth, using the hashtag #FreeMatt.
He will be allowed to return for the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, but being unable to compete this weekend will end his consecutive starts streak at 571 races, which dates back to the year 2000 and is the longest of any active Cup driver, sans Jeff Gordon.
It is expected that Erik Jones will pilot the No. 20 car while Kenseth is suspended.