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Matt Kenseth’s Toyota fails laser inspection after win at New Hampshire

Matt Kenseth may have won the New Hampshire 301, but his car failed the post-race inspection. NASCAR America breaks down the rules and possible penalties for Kenseth.

LOUDON, N.H. – Matt Kenseth’s No. 20 Toyota failed the postrace laser inspection station platform after winning Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and could face further penalties this week.

NASCAR is taking Kenseth’s Joe Gibbs Racing Camry to its R&D Center in Concord, N.C., for further evaluation. Kyle Larson (Michigan International Speedway) and Kasey Kahne (Dover International Speedway) also failed the laser inspection platform in postrace inspections this season. The penalties were the same in both instances: Driver and team each docked 15 points, and the crew chief fined $25,000.

It’s believed to be the first time a winning car in Sprint Cup has failed the LIS station, which has been used since 2013.

The No. 14 Chevrolet of runner-up Tony Stewart passed the postrace LIS inspection at New Hampshire and was taken to Concord for final inspection. The cars of Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Greg Biffle and Ryan Newman also cleared at-track inspection and were released to their teams.