Jason Ratcliff originally called for 7 guys over the wall at Kansas Speedway, later corrected it to 6
Matt Kenseth was hit with a violation at Kansas Speedway. The result was a Parked #20 and a championship chance removed.
How? The crew sent 7 guys over the wall while the car was on the crash clock. That’s an automatic disqualification.
Below, listen to the in-car radio as it happened.
#20 Team Radio Communication
“7 guys only, 7 guys only… Let’s get tires on it,” Jason Ratcliff stated on the radio as Matt Kenseth came to pit road.
“6, 6 guys. We gotta beat the pace car out,” the crew chief of the #20 quickly corrected himself.
“The #20 car has violated the damaged vehicle policy on 7 men working on the car. He is out,” NASCAR’s David Hoots interrupted the radio.
Matt Kenseth: “Done? Somebody’s gotta tell me what the hell is going on. I am so lost right now.”
Ratcliff: “7 guys. 7 guys over the wall.”
Kenseth: “Well, what does that mean? You can’t race anymore?”
Ratcliff: “That’s right. You can’t race anymore.”
Kenseth: “Ok, so you;re telling me we sent 1 too many guys over the wall so we’re not gunna have a chance to race for a championship because of that? Is that what you’re telling me?”
Ratcliff: “Nope. I’m tellin’ ya I sent 6 over and somebody can’t count. That’s what I’m telling you.
Jimmie Johnson actually did the same thing as Matt Kenseth. The difference was, the 7th guy over the wall was there to service the driver. That is allowed.