Matt Kenseth disqualified after crash, ending championship hopes

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Matt Kenseth disqualified after crash, ending championship hopes
Lee Spencer
By: Lee Spencer
Oct 22, 2017, 10:08 PM

Matt Kenseth’s title hopes went up in smoke on Sunday at Kansas Speedway.

Matt Kenseth, Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
Matt Kenseth, Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
Matt Kenseth, Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
Matt Kenseth, Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

Ironically, it was his replacement Erik Jones that triggered the 12-car accident that collected Kenseth.

When he came to pit road for repairs, too many crewmen came over the wall to service the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing car and NASCAR disqualified Kenseth.

Kenseth was running 13th before the wreck and had picked up points in the first two stages.

“I don’t know what any of the rules are. Seems like we got a lot of stuff that kind of gets, you know, changed so often I honestly can’t keep up with it. My head kind of spins from putting lugnuts out of pit boxes to one to many guys over the wall, you’re not allowed to race anymore. I just don’t get it to be honest with you.

"I really don’t have a lot good to say right now. I’m more than disappointed. I’m just gonna say thanks to DeWalt. They’ve been a sponsor of mine off and on for twenty years. Awesome guys there. They deserve better than this. We showed some flashes of brilliance this season, been off and on, been fast at times, had great pit stops at times, just haven’t been able to put it all together like a championship team needs to. Unfortunately this is an example of that. I hope that I can do a better job here the next four weeks and hopefully go get a win.”

Kenseth was 10th in the Monster Energy Cup Series standings, eight points behind eighth-place Jimmie Johnson entering the weekend. He was scored 31st after the incident.

“I just got loose,” Jones said. “We had a good run going there. We were going to finish in the top five. We’ll come back stronger next week.”

 
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Series NASCAR Cup
Event Kansas II
Location Kansas Speedway
Drivers Matt Kenseth
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing
Author Lee Spencer
Article type Breaking news