Penalties against Kenseth, Gibbs team substantially reduced

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A day after Penske Racing’s penalties were reduced by NASCAR’s Chief Appellate Officer, Joe Gibbs Racing also had its heavy handed penalties cut down following an appeal.

Matt Kenseth, who was originally docked 50 points, has had that number cut down to 12. Other penalties were also rescinded, and thus his second win of the year at Kansas is once again eligible for bonus points to be used to qualify for the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Joe Gibbs’ 50 owner points penalty was also reduced to 12. Crew chief Jason Ratcliff’s suspension was dropped from six points races down to one.

Toyota’s manufacturer points penalty, however, was increased from five points to seven.

Kenseth, who originally called the penalties “borderline shameful,” was pleased with the outcome.

“Glad to have today behind us so we can get our focus back on racing,” Kenseth tweeted Wednesday. “I respect NASCAR and the appeals process, I feel like they got it right.”

FIA returns Manor’s F1 entry fee for 2017

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Good news: Manor Grand Prix Racing Limited got a refund of an entry fee it paid to the FIA to run in this year’s F1 season.

Bad news: Manor still hasn’t run this year, and won’t be for the foreseeable future (especially as Manor’s former leadership staff is moving that team into FIA WEC’s new-look LMP1 class in addition to its LMP2 program).

Manor Group’s receivership outfit, Just Racing Services Limited, went into administration earlier this year. As there was no new buyer for the F1 team, Manor dropped from the 2017 grid before the season.

The FIA said it would return its entry fee to help Manor Group pay off outstanding debts.

It basically means nothing in the grand scheme of things since Manor missed out on 10th place in the constructor’s standings in 2016 and fell from the F1 grid as a result, but hey, it’s a goodwill gesture going into Thanksgiving this week.