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DARLINGTON, S. Brian Boyle Jersey .C. -- Matt Kenseth was in Canada when J.D. Gibbs sent him the results of their appeal to NASCAR to reduce sweeping penalties against Joe Gibbs Racing. "J.D. kept texting me and the texts just kept getting longer and longer," Kenseth said Friday. "Im like, Wait a minute. They did what? They gave us that back?" They sure did. Aside from crew chief Jason Ratcliffs absence Friday at Darlington Raceway, it was almost like nothing ever happened after a three-member appeal panel dramatically reduced the penalties for having an illegal part in Kenseths race-winning engine at Kansas. Among the key changes: Ratcliffs suspension was reduced from six races to one, Kenseth lost only 12 points instead of 50, a six-race suspension against team owner Joe Gibbs was wiped out and Kenseth had his three bonus points from the Kansas victory restored. It sent Kenseth to Darlington for Saturday nights race fourth in the Sprint Cup standings instead of 11th. Wally Brown, who once worked as Carl Edwards crew chief at Roush Fenway Racing, is filling in for Ratcliff this weekend. "The penalties were pretty crushing before they got reduced," Kenseth said. "I applaud NASCAR for having the appeals process and putting that in place to have some people look at it after all the dust settles a little bit and be objective ... I feel like they did a nice job of looking at all the facts and circumstances that went with it and made a decent decision." It was a far cry from his reaction two weeks ago when NASCAR initially sanctioned the team for finding one of the eight connecting rods in his engine did not meet the minimum weight requirement. JGR leases its engines from Toyota Racing Development, which immediately accepted responsibility, and both JGR and TRD said no performance advantage was gained form the part. Kenseth called the penalties "borderline shameful" when they were handed down. And even though the appeals board has a record that heavily favours NASCAR, Kenseth felt confident the penalties would be reduced. "For some reason, I had a pretty good feeling ... I didnt know it would come back to be exactly what it was, I didnt know if we would have gotten a reduction that much, but I felt more confident than any other appeal Ive ever heard about," Kenseth said. "We had a pretty good case and there were different things that happened where I felt like it would get reduced. I think everybody was shocked when the penalties got handed out to start with, so I felt pretty good it was going to get reduced." The appeals board a week earlier unanimously upheld penalties against Penske Racing for having unapproved parts on its car during a pre-race inspection at Texas. But Penske took the case to chief appellate officer John Middlebrook, the final level, and on Tuesday he reduced the suspensions of seven key employees from six races to two plus next weeks All-Star event. Penske Racing viewed Middlebrooks ruling as a small victory, even as the team went to Darlington this weekend reaching deep into its bench to fill the voids. Five-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson, who has been through his share of appeals with Hendrick Motorsports, didnt know what to make of the rulings for JGR and Penske. Drivers dont typically attend the appeals, and are only told later how they went. "You dont expect these reductions," he said. "I get phone calls about what the vibe was like inside the meeting, what the meeting was like, and they are never optimistic. Its a tough thing to live through. I know that NASCAR can never hand out a penalty thats less than, we know its always going to be more than a previous penalty. They look at past history, intent and a few other things to set their standards. And then from there, its like the regular justice system. You go in there to try and plead your case. "Thinking about it, it means get in there and fight. Its worth fighting and trying to lessen your penalty." Drew Stafford Jersey .ca looks back at the stories and moments that made the year memorable. Adidas Pavel Zacha Jersey . -- Five former Kansas City Chiefs players who were on the team between 1987 and 1993 filed a lawsuit Tuesday claiming the team hid and even lied about the risks of head injuries during that time period when there was no collective bargaining agreement in place in the NFL. . It was Kerbers third final of the year after losing to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia in Monterrey in April and to Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic in Tokyo two weeks ago. The 10th-ranked German improved her record in finals to 3-5. KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Florida cornerback Quincy Wilsons unusual reference to predict the Gators will beat Tennessee for a 12th straight time hasnt riled up the Vols.Have you ever seen a duck pull a truck? Wilson said while referring to Floridas winning streak over Tennessee. Ducks dont pull trucks. Nobody has ever seen a duck pull a truck. Florida Gators are going to win, simple as that.Gators coach Jim McElwain said Wednesday hed only heard bits and pieces of Wilsons comment. The 19th-ranked Gators (3-0, 1-0 SEC) are 6 +-point underdogs in Saturdays game at No. 14 Tennessee (3-0, 0-0).Hey, look, these guys are who they are, McElwain said during the Southeastern Conference coaches teleconference. Im not into, you know, censorship. And you know, he better go back it up, I guess, whatever he said.McElwain was asked if hed ever seen a duck pull a truck.Thats a classic right there, McElwain said of Wilsons comment Ive got to find out what the heck that means. But I guess I have watched an Aflac commercial, but Ive never seen that duckk do it, so I dont know. Martin Brodeur Jersey. Tennessee coach Butch Jones says he didnt plan on saying much to his team about Wilsons comment.I dont pay attention to it, Jones said. Thats just clutter and distractions. Im more concerned about preparation. They have a lot of confidence, and very deservedly so. ... In todays world of social media, I dont have to blow that up.NOTE: Jones said offensive tackle Chance Hall is good to go for Saturdays game. Hall, who started Tennessees final seven games at right tackle last season, hasnt played all season after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery last month. ... Jones also said he anticipates linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin will play Saturday. Reeves-Maybin strained a shoulder muscle last week in a 28-19 victory over Ohio.---AP Sports Writer Mark Long in Gainesville, Florida, contributed to this report.---Online: AP College Football website Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '