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Context, Consistency & Dangerous Precedents

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Context can be a dangerous word but it is a word that is quintessentially appropriate to the asinine punishment meted out to Matt Kenseth by the powers that be. From all points across the NASCAR diaspora, the instantaneous reaction to Kenseth’s punishment after his wreck with Joey Logano last weekend was one of shock and …

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Happiness Is… Martinsville, Wonderboy & the Left Coast

Lewis Hamilton

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This week in NASCAR has been a non-stop focus on the Matt Kenseth–Joey Logano happenings. What happened at Martinsville could be considered a fascinating case study in both driver etiquette and NASCAR management.   Let’s start with one of the big aspects of this whole brouhaha: the driver’s code. Apparently there is one, which means …

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Matt Kenseth Appeal Set for Thursday Morning

Martinsville Kenseth Parts 2015 Cup Mike Neff

Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch

Matt Kenseth and his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing team will have their appeal heard on Thursday morning, according to NASCAR. Kenseth is appealing the penalties levied by NASCAR for his actions during last weekend’s Goody’s Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway. The penalties include a two-race suspension and six months of probation following the …

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NASCAR Mailbox: Danica Patrick’s Penalty and Jeff Gordon’s 93rd Victory

Martinsville Jeff Gordon Victory 2015 Cup Mike Neff

(Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

I wonder what fans want to talk about this week. Maybe the fact that Jeff Gordon won under the cover of darkness at Martinsville? What else could have possibly happened to grab anyone’s attention? Oh, right. There was that whole 10 minutes where two of the sport’s major superstars had their cars turn into a …

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Did You Notice? NASCAR is Disciplining Itself Out of Business?

Martinsville Green Yellow 2015 Cup Mike Neff

(Photo: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

Did You Notice? Every controversy we’ve seen in NASCAR this year has revolved around… rules? We changed the rules package for 2015 even though there was great racing the year before. Restart rules have been continually criticized, tweaked and remain a major sore spot. Green-white-checkered rules were modified, then mishandled in the wake of scary …

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The Frontstretch 5: Reasons NASCAR Had to Penalize Matt Kenseth

Martinsville Logano Damage 2015 Cup Mike Neff

(Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

NASCAR dropped the hammer Tuesday on Joe Gibbs Racing driver Matt Kenseth after Kenseth wrecked Joey Logano Sunday at Martinsville Speedway. Kenseth, frustrated with Logano for a crash in Kansas plus his subsequent lack of remorse – and contact earlier in the race – slammed Logano into the turn 1 wall to effectively end his …

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NASCAR Penalties: Matt Kenseth Suspended, Danica Patrick Fined

Matt Kenseth leads the field in the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway

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NASCAR issued penalties to two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers following the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 Sunday at Martinsville Speedway. The strongest consequences were for Matt Kenseth, officially suspended from NASCAR competition through the completion of the next two races. Kenseth was popped with a behavioral penalty for violating sections 12.1 and 12.8 of …

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Bowles-Eye View: The Downside In Demonizing NASCAR Youth Leader Joey Logano

2015 Charlotte Ii Cup Joey Logano Goofy Selfie Cia

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NASCAR finds itself in a box this Tuesday A.M. (also known as After Martinsville). The past 48 hours have been nonstop jabbering about Matt Kenseth knocking Joey Logano to kingdom come. Some in the garage think Logano had it coming; others think Kenseth crossed a line. Whatever the opinion, that has led to captivating television, …

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Beside the Rising Tide: Accidents Will Happen

2015 Martinsville Ii Cup Matt Kenseth Crash Damage Cia

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Accidents will happen, We only hit and run, I don’t want to hear it, Because I know what I’ve done. -Elvis Costello- There’s nothing so wrong with the new NASCAR that an old racetrack can’t fix it. There’s only one track left on the schedule that was a part of NASCAR’s inaugural 1949 “Strictly Stock” …

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Jeff Gordon’s 93rd Win: Just What NASCAR Needed

Jeff Gordon Martinsville 2015 Cup Mike Neff

(Photo: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

Editor’s Note: Are you receiving the FREE Frontstretch newsletter? If you’re not, you’re missing out on great, exclusive content like this one from S.D. Grady, Mark Howell, Phil Allaway and more! Click here to sign up and see what you’re missing! And the crowd went wild. You saw it. I saw it. Just about everybody who …

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in NASCAR: 2015 AAA Texas Edition

Jeff Gordon Martinsville 2015 Cup Mike Neff

(Photo: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

Well, last week most everyone correctly thought that Talladega would be the wild card when it came to who would be in or out of the next round of the Chase. But what should never be forgotten is that short tracks can be just as much of a wild card and that was certainly the …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBCSN Pulls No Punches With NASCAR on Intentional Wrecking

2015 Martinsville Ii Cup Aj Allmendinger Cole Whitt Racing Cia

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Martinsville Speedway. Home to tight racing, bumping and banging, and the occasional intentional crash. That’s what we had to deal with this past weekend at the paperclip. Before we start, we’ve reached a milestone. Today, we’re celebrating the fact that I’ve written 500 critiques for Frontstretch, either here on the website or in our Newsletter, …

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