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Finishes lowered, fines and probation levied

6/16/2004

LONG POND, Pa. -- Matt Kenseth and Kevin Harvick were
penalized -- twice -- for bumping each other at the end of the Pocono 500.

With Sunday's race about to end under caution, Harvick spun
Kenseth into the infield in Turn 3 on Lap 197. Kenseth then did the
same to Harvick on the backstretch on the next lap.

Both Kenseth, the 2003 series champion, and Harvick were
interviewed after the race by NASCAR officials, who then dropped
them to 20th and 21st, respectively. Harvick originally finished 11th, Kenseth 10th.

On Wednesday, additional penalties were handed out to the two. The drivers, who previously were docked 10 finishing positions
in last Sunday's race, were each fined $25,000 and placed on
probation until Aug. 11, a period covering the next seven Nextel
Cup races.

"It boils down to a frustration level between the 17 [Kenseth]
and the 29 [Harvick] that got played out on the racetrack, under
caution, and that's something we frown on ... greatly," NASCAR president Mike Helton
said.

Kenseth would not comment, but Harvick said: "I don't know what
his deal is. I raced him clean and cleared him, and he got up
underneath me and tore my back bumper.

"Then under caution, he brake-checked me and spun himself out.
I don't know why he decided to try and wreck me. He needs to check
his ego because it's getting too big."