DOVER, Del. – Denis McGlynn had a simple explanation why an appeals panel sided with Joe Gibbs Racing and eased penalties levied against the organization by NASCAR: The harsh punishment simply did not fit the small infraction.
McGlynn, CEO of Dover International Speedway, was part of a three-person National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel that significantly reduced NASCAR's punishment of JGR for having an illegal part in Matt Kenseth's race-winning engine at Kansas.
Kenseth was stripped of 50 driver points, lost bonus points for the win, and his win didn't count toward his eligibility for a wild-card berth in the Chase. Crew chief Jason Ratcliff was suspended six races and fined $200,000. Owner Joe Gibbs had his license suspended.
McGlynn said Friday the panel entered the appeal "thinking with more flexibility."