Kenseth Is Baffled By Kansas Disqualification

By Jared Turner

On the verge of narrowly slipping into the Round of 8, Matt Kenseth saw his hopes of advancing go out the window in abrupt fashion at Kansas when he was disqualified from the race and forced to park for having too many men over the pit wall working on his car following his involvement in a multi-car wreck on Lap 198. By having seven men over the pit wall instead of six, Kenseth violated NASCAR’s damaged vehicle policy — resulting in automatic dismissal from the race. Kenseth, the 2003 series champion and an 18-year veteran of NASCAR’s top series, was perplexed by the ruling. “Honestly, I’ve never heard of disqualifying somebody from a race if you got one too many guys over the wall, or whatever happened there,” he said. “I don’t really know. I really don’t have a lot of good things to say. … Pretty disappointing way to end.”