Penske questioned NASCAR for not penalizing Kenseth on final restart (Update)

UPDATE NASCAR defended its decision Monday not to penalize Matt Kenseth on the final restart of Saturday night's Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway. Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer, addressed the restart in his weekly appearance on "The Morning Drive" on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Asked if NASCAR was content on making the calls on restarts, O'Donnell said: "I think for now we're still content. It is … a ball-and-strike call. We've got the ability to go back and look at video, which we do, and in this case made the call and moved on from it. It's still one that we want to leave in the drivers' hands. If we have to get involved and make those calls with more video, I think we'll do that, but we'd still like to see it play out the way it does through the final 10." NBC Sports

09/13/15

Roger Penske not happy with NASCAR officials

Car owner Roger Penske questioned NASCAR not penalizing winner Matt Kenseth on the final restart of Saturday night's race at Richmond International Raceway, saying "you just can't have that kind of officiating.''

Restarts have been an issue in recent weeks. Drivers and a car owner raised questions about restarts in the pre-race meeting at Bristol last month. Dale Earnhardt Jr. said NASCAR needed to do a better job policing restarts after that race. Kenseth led the field to green with 18 laps to go and accelerated quickly. Logano, who was second and started on the outside of Kenseth, did not mount a challenge as Kenseth pulled away. Logano finished third.

"I think the last restart, the guy must have closed the window and pulled the blind down,'' Penske said. "That's how bad it was.''

Penske wants a clearer definition of the restart rule. "I think they've got to come up with some way to say what's right or what's wrong,'' Penske said. "To me, this is a perfect example of inconsistencies. When you're racing for as tight as we are and everything that is on the line, you just can't have that kind of officiating.''

Kenseth said he was focused on getting a quick restart. "I knew for sure I wasn't going to go late,'' he said. "Joey and Brad and are just so good on restarts. They just launch so good. I don't know what they do. I wish we did. They just launch so fast. All the restarts I had tonight, Joey would typically beat me. When we got that debris caution … I knew that I had to have a good pit stop, and I had to have a good restart and get some distance and hold on because our short run wasn't the strongest part of our car tonight. I knew it was going to be important to make sure we were clear when we got to Turn 1." NBC Sports

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