Monday, November 2, 2015

What Should Happen To Matt Kenseth

This was what happened yesterday in Martinsville. As Joey Logano was doing everything he needed to do to win his 4th race in a row lapped down car Matt Kenseth decided to take revenge on Joey Logano after a racing move back at Kansas during the Contender Round that ultimately put Matt Kenseth in a must win situation in order to move on with Logano to the Eliminator Round. This is questionable in many ways of how Matt Kenseth should be punished and as many view on if he should be punished. Below I will go over 2 incidents that has happened over the last few years and explain how those events are different from this particular incident yesterday and then I will address my personal opinion of what should be done and why it should be done.

Clint Bowyer vs. Jeff Gordon - Phoenix 2012

Many remember this incident from 2012 not by the on track action but what happened in the Garage after the incident. Both crews had confrontation in the garage and well that turned into a heated Clint Bowyer who had just looked like he took in like 15 bottles of his sponsor 5-Hour Energy on his way to have a little chat with Jeff Gordon. This incident ended with Jeff Gordon being fined $100,000, docked 25 points and placed on probation for the remainder of the season. This of course was back in the old chase syestem where the next race In Homestead really did not matter to these two. Oh yeah and notice behind Gordon is a yellow #20 driven by Joey Logano at the time kinda ironic ain't it.
This is different from yesterday's incident because as I said if Clint Bowyer wanted to seek revenge on Gordon it wouldn't really matter to either. With this new chase format Joey can still go into the final round of the Chase if he can win one of the next 2 races but who says Matt Kenseth won't do what he did yesterday at Texas or Phoenix and permanently eliminate Joey from the Championship Hunt? I'll give credit to everyone on both teams including Matt and Joey who did'nt want to turn the Martinsville Speedway into a WWE Ring like these guys did in Phoenix. 

Kyle Busch vs. Ron Hornaday Jr. - Texas 2011

In 2011 Kyle Busch intentionally wrecked Ron Hornaday Jr after an incident on track that hurt Kyle Busch's run to the front. Ron Hornaday Jr was eliminated from the Title hunt in 2011 after this incident while that night Kyle Busch was parked by NASCAR not just for the rest of the Truck race but for the whole weekend. Denny Hamlin would race the #18 in place for Kyle in the Xfinity Series while At the time Joe Gibbs Racing Development Driver Michael McDowell would drive the #18 on Sunday. Kyle Busch would also be fined $50,000 and placed on probation.The Following weekend though Kyle Busch would be back behind the wheel of the #18 in all series.
True this is a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series incident but it was still deliberate just like yesterday. If Matt Kenseth would have been able to continue he would have been Parked by NASCAR and that's about what they did with this incident.

Timeline Of Events Leading to The Fireworks


To the right you will see the start of the Logano vs. Kenseth Rivalry at Kansas a few weeks ago. This was the finish that would ultimately send Matt Kenseth into a must win situation at Talladega. Out of this nothing. It was just Racing for the win and the refusal to lose by Joey Logano.


Joey Logano accidentally cuts off Matt Kenseth on pit road. Joey Logano goes on to fight with Dale Earnhardt Jr for the Victory. Harvick triggers wreck behind them on FINAL Green White Checker Finish and Joey Logano Wins by mere inches sending Matt Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt Jr out of the chase. Kenseth very unhappy with Logano.


Matt Kenseth almost clears Brad Keselowski sending Kenseth into Kurt Busch. Matt and Team Fixes car and heads back out to gain more points. While being a couple Laps Down Matt Kenseth is about to be lapped by Race Leader Joey Logano. He decides to take out Joey Logano intentionally ending both drivers competitive day. 

What Needs To Be Done

I feel that NASCAR Needs to Park Matt Kenseth for the remainder of 2015 because if you just suspend him for one weekend he may come back and attempt to retaliate again against Joey. Fine well NASCAR seems to be pretty good at numbers so they'll come up with something. Also take him out of the Chase Period. I know he's eliminated but I mean take him out so he doesn't finish 16th in points. I know many will review this as harsh but I feel what he did was harsh and as I've heard many fans what goes around comes around so prove that to Matt With a Harsh Penalty. I like Matt as a person but after this incident hes lost a ton of my respect. Mainly because he was laps down and didn't follow the Gentlemen agreement of letting the Leader pass when you are more than a lap down. This is strictly my opinion and I know you have yours but this is getting real pathetic of having a circus instead of Racing and going for the Championship. Now after the announcement lets move to Texas. The Past is the past we can change NASCAR's decisions. (Koelle, 2015) 

WinStar World Casino and Resort 350 at Texas Motor Speedway Entry List

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series comes to Texas for the second time in 2015! Kyle Busch is the defending race winner but is not entered to defend his title. Matt Crafton won here in June and will look to continue pursuing Erik Jones in the Championship Standings. Will he make it 3 Championships in a row while winning race number 6? Or can Tyler Reddick come back and win it all?

Entry List

He's Fishing for 3 in a Row. But Tyler Reddick
and Erik Jones Have another plan
1 00 Jeb Burton 
2 0 Caleb Roark  
3 02 Tyler Young  
4 4 Erik Jones 
5 05 John Wes Townley 
6 6 Norm Benning  
7 07 Ray Black Jr  
8 8 John Hunter Nemechek 
9 08 Korbin Forrister 
10 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb 
11 11 Ben Kennedy  
12 13 Cameron Hayley 
13 14 Daniel Hemric  
14 15 Mason Mingus  
15 17 Timothy Peters  
16 19 Tyler Reddick  
17 23 Spencer Gallagher 
18 29 TBD
19 33 Brandon Jones 
20 36 Tyler Tanner   
21 45 BJ McLeod  
22 49 Mike Harmon  
23 51 Daniel Suarez 
24 54 Christopher Bell  
25 63 Justin Jennings  
26 74 Jordan Anderson  
Matt Crafton Won here earlier this year
27 88 Matt Crafton  
28 94 Timmy Hill  
29 97 Jesse Little  
30 98 Johnny Sauter

O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway Entry List

The NASCAR Xfinity Series Returns after a needed 2 week break. The Last time the Xfinity Series visited Texas it was young Erik Jones who went to victory lane for the first time in his career. Erik will be looking to sweep Texas in 2015 before moving to the Xfinity Series full time in 2016. Drivers like Regan Smith and Brian Scott are either looking for a ride or trying to show that they are relevant. Regan Smith is also competing with Chris Buescher, Ty Dillon, and Chase Elliot for the First Ever Championship branded by Xfinity.

Entry List

All Eyes On The Prize
1 0 Harrison Rhodes  
2 01 Landon Cassill 
3 1 Elliott Sadler 
4 2 Brian Scott  
5 3 Ty Dillon  
6 4 Ross Chastain 
7 6 Darrell Wallace Jr  
8 7 Regan Smith 
9 8 Blake Koch 
10 9 Chase Elliott 
11 13 Derek White 
12 14 TBA  
13 15 B J McLeod 
14 16 Ryan Reed 
15 18 Daniel Suarez  
16 19 Jeff Green  
17 20 Erik Jones 
18 22 Brad Keselowski 
19 24 Eric McClure 
20 26 T J Bell 
21 28 J J Yeley  
22 33 Austin Dillon 
23 39 Ryan Sieg  
24 40 Josh Reaume 
25 42 Kyle Larson 
26 43 Dakoda Armstrong
Erik Jones Won His First Career Race Here Earlier
this year
27 44 David Starr  
28 51 Jeremy Clements 
29 52 Joey Gase  
30 54 Kyle Busch 
31 60 Chris Buescher  
32 62 Brendan Gaughan  
33 70 Derrike Cope  
34 74 Mike Harmon  
35 88 Kevin Harvick 
36 89 Morgan Shepherd  
37 90 Martin Roy  
38 92 Mario Gosselin  
39 97 Mason Mingus 
40 98 Ryan Truex


AAA Texas 500 at The Texas Motor Speedway Entry List

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Comes to the Texas Motor Speedway for the 2nd Race of the Eliminator Round. Jeff Gordon won in Martinsville last weekend and will look to end his retirement tour on a high note with some six shooters.
Matt Kenseth Retaliated against Joey Logano in Martinsville and Joey will have to climb out of a 35 point hole at a track he has won at before. The Main Question that wont be answered Until Tuesday is the question of whether or not Matt Kenseth will be in the #20? If Kenseth was to be suspended I would expect Erik Jones to start the #20 in place of Matt.

Entry List

Jimmie Johnson won this race last season!
1      1    Jamie McMurry
2      2    Brad Keselowski
3      3    Austin Dillon
4      4    Kevin Harvick
5      5    Kasey Kahne
6      6    Trevor Bayne
7      7    Alex Bowman
8      9    Sam Hornish Jr
9     10   Danica Patrick
10   11   Denny Hamlin
11   13   Casey Mears
12   14   Tony Stewart
13   15   Clint Bowyer
14   16   Greg Biffle
Joey Logano Won at Texas in the Spring Of 2014
15   17   Ricky Stenhouse Jr,
16   18   Kyle Busch
17   19   Carl Edwards
18   20   TBD
19   21   Ryan Blaney
20   22   Joey Logano
21   23   Jeb Burton
22   24   Jeff Gordon
23   26   JJ Yeley 
24   27   Paul Menard
25   31   Ryan Newman
26   32   Joey Gase
27   33   Brian Scott
28   34   Brett Moffitt
29   35   Cole Whitt
30   38   David Gilliland
31   40   Landon Cassill
32   41   Kurt Busch
33   42   Kyle Larson
34   43   Aric Almirola
35   46   Michael Annett
Jimmie Johsnon won Texas Earlier this year
36   47   AJ Allmendinger
37   48   Jimmie Johnson
38   51   Justin Algaier
39   55   David Ragan
40   62   Reed Sorenson
41   78   Martin Truex Jr
42   83   Matt Dibenedetto
43   88   Dale Earnhardt Jr.
44   95   Michael McDowell
45   98   Ryan Preece

#95-McDowell and #62-Hill Must Qualify in the Top 36 No Provisional Available 
#21-Blaney and #95-McDowell would miss Qualifying was cancelled