NASCAR has suspended Matt Kenseth, driver of the Number-20 Joe Gibbs Racing Sprint Cup Series Toyota, for two races after he intentionally wrecked Joey Logano late in Sunday’s Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway. In addition, Kenseth has been placed on NASCAR probation for six months that’ll carry well into the first half of next season. He was nine laps down to race leader Logano less than fifty laps from the finish when he drove into the back of the Number-22 Team Penske Ford and sent it into the wall. In a statement released Tuesday evening, Joe Gibbs Racing said Kenseth would appeal the penalty.
He wasn’t the only driver slapped with sanctions for bad behavior at Martinsville. Stewart-Haas Racing’s Danica Patrick was fined fifty thousand dollars and docked twenty-five championship points after purposely crashing into David Gilliland in the closing laps of Sunday’s race.