National Motorsports Appeals Panel Statement

National Motorsports Appeals Panel Statement


(Nov. 5, 2015)


The National Motorsports Appeals Panel today heard and considered the appeal of a Behavioral Penalty issued on Nov. 3 to Matt Kenseth (driver) relative to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series vehicle #20 at Martinsville Speedway.


The penalty concerns the following sections in the 2015 NASCAR Rule Book: Sections 12.1 and 12.8.


The original penalty assessed included suspension from NASCAR until the completion of the next two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events and placed on NASCAR probation for six months following the issuance of the Penalty Notice.


Upon hearing the testimony, the decisions of the National Motorsports Appeals Panel are:

1.                  The Appellant violated the rules set forth in the Penalty notice;

2.                  The Panel affirms and upholds the original Penalty levied by NASCAR.


The panel consisted of the following three individuals:

Mr. Ken Clapp

Mr. Bill Mullis

Mr. Dale Pinilis


The Appellant has chosen to appeal the decision of the National Motorsports Appeals Panel to the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer in accordance with Section 15 of the NASCAR Rule Book. The appeal will begin at 1 p.m. ET.

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