The Frontstretch: Scanner Static : Kenseth Fans Unite by Jess Nicholas -- Wednesday July 12, 2006

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Scanner Static : Kenseth Fans Unite

Jess Nicholas · Wednesday July 12, 2006

 

Q: About a year ago, my doctor told me to start taking blood pressure medicine and try to keep my temper under control. I'd done a pretty good job of that until Sunday when I watched Jeff Gordon ram Matt Kenseth out of the way just so he could win the race. Completely blatant. I almost had to go to the hospital. Do you think if I billed Gordon for my blood pressure medication, he'd pay it? Gene Ridgeway

A: When I first saw it happen, I thought Gordon had clearly stepped over the line. Then, when the replays came up and it showed Gordon hitting Kenseth almost in the exit of a corner, due in large part to Kenseth having to account for Casey Mears' whereabouts, I changed my mind to “one of those racing deals.” But after hearing Gordon's comments this week, in which he admitted moving Kenseth out of the way, the blame has to go back to Gordon. NASCAR needs to put a stop to this brewing controversy before it escalates into a full-blown war. Unfortunately, I don't think Gordon is going to pay your medical bills.

Q: Robby Gordon cusses on the team's private radio, and has to spend a lap or two in the pits. Jeff Gordon knocks Kenseth out of the way, admits it, and gets to keep all his points. What am I missing? G2

A: I'd like the answer to that same question. I supported NASCAR's decision to penalize Dale Earnhardt, Jr. for saying the s-word on television a couple of years ago, but if they're not going to follow that up with enforcement of on-track issues, they need to re-prioritize.

Q: Matt Kenseth was going to run out of gas anyway. I can understand he was upset at Gordon but please, his race was over. What a freakin' crybaby. He's been that way since he was racing locally up here. WayneChet

A: The fuel situation is no excuse. Right is right and wrong is wrong. Tony Stewart ran out of gas, too; does that mean Ken Schrader or Tony Raines should have taken a free shot at him?

Q: In re: Jimmie Johnson getting loose and wrecking himself and Bobby Labonte. Gosh, you all need to move on and get over it. If it had been Jr. who got loose, you all would have been saying, “Oh, man, not his fault - Busch took the air off him.” You haters can't see beyond your own prejudices. Terri

A: I guess I'll keep having to say it every week - I'm not a Dale Earnhardt, Jr. fan (although I'm not anti-Junior, either). I'm a fan of clean racing, and I'm not a fan of the way Jimmie Johnson handles post-wreck interviews where he's clearly at fault. He sometimes has a very difficult time admitting he messed up. The only person who seems to have to "look at the replay" as often as he does is John Madden.

Q: Jimmie Johnson crashing at a plate track was neither a lack of car control, or "getting loose." Once again he just ran out of talent. He is good at the cookie cutter tracks, and would be good at plate tracks if allowed to run within Chad Knaus' version of the rulebook. To put it bluntly he is Kurt Busch with a unibrow. Gerald

A: I think Johnson is extremely talented, but there are some things he isn't good at doing and were he wiser, he'd admit it and work on them. Johnson probably has more pure ability than anyone in the garage, but he has some holes in his game and I predict he'll continue to have trouble in the Chase races because of it.

Q: I've got a suggestion for how to keep Matt Kenseth and Jeff Gordon apart while they're on the race track - make Gordon go drive the No. 49 BAM car for a month. Greg768

A: I'm sorry, but the U.S. Constitution prevents cruel and unusual punishment.

Thing you can conduct a better post-wreck interview than Jimmie Johnson? Think Tony Stewart should get to punch both Matt Kenseth and Jeff Gordon out for their feud causing him to run out of gas? EMail jess@frontstretch.com about those pressing issues, or anything else NASCAR-related you want to ask us, and you can end up in this very column next week!

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