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Matt Kenseth calls penalties against his team 'grossly unfair' and 'borderline shameful'

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    FILE - In this April 20, 2013 file photo, Matt Kenseth, left, walks from the garage following practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup series STP 400 auto race at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. Kenseth's race-winning car from Kansas failed inspection at NASCAR's Research and Development Center, The Associated Press has learned. NASCAR officials were discussing Wednesday, April 24, 2013 what penalties to levy against Kenseth and Joe Gibbs Racing, multiple people familiar with the inspection told the AP on the condition of anonymity because no decision has been made. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)The Associated Press

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    FILE - In this April 21, 2013 file photo, Matt Kenseth (20) leads into a turn during a NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. Kenseth's race-winning car from Kansas failed inspection at NASCAR's Research and Development Center, The Associated Press has learned. NASCAR officials were discussing Wednesday, April 24, 2013 what penalties to levy against Kenseth and Joe Gibbs Racing, multiple people familiar with the inspection told the AP on the condition of anonymity because no decision has been made. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley, File)The Associated Press

Matt Kenseth says NASCAR's penalties against his team are "grossly unfair" and "borderline shameful."

Kenseth's team was hit with some of the harshest penalties NASCAR has handed out Wednesday after his race-winning engine at Kansas failed the post-race inspection. He says one of eight connecting rods on the engine was too light — by 2.7 grams.

Kenseth was docked 50 driver points in the standings — two more than he earned for the victory. But he says he's angrier about the penalties given to Gibbs and crew chief Jason Ratcliff. Both were suspended six weeks.

Gibbs also had his owner points frozen, and Ratcliff was fined $200,000.

The points penalty dropped Kenseth from eighth to 14th in the standings.