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NASCAR 101: Is Matt Kenseth vs. Joey Logano an Instant Classic?

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Is Matt Kenseth vs. Joey Logano already one of the biggest moments in NASCAR’s history when it comes to driver feuds? It’s tough to proclaim something an instant classic or already infamous in the moment or shortly thereafter. Generally, emotions and feelings run so rampant that, once the euphoria wears off, one looks back on …

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4 Burning Questions: Will Joey Logano Erase Martinsville Deficit with a Win?

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WILL JOEY LOGANO MAKE UP FOR LAST WEEK’S DISAPPOINTMENT WITH A WIN? Joey Logano was 47 laps away from making history last weekend. Leading 207 laps at the Martinsville paperclip, the driver of the No. 22 was intentionally crashed in turn 1 by Matt Kenseth following a stretch of races in which the two tangled …

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Voice of Vito: NASCAR Becoming Detrimental to Stock Car Racing

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Let’s dispense with the typical flowery introduction or using irrelevant song lyrics to frame a story. Instead, as a break from what has become the norm in NASCAR, let’s speak with consistency and clarity: NASCAR’s actions governing their sport the past three weeks are detrimental to stock car racing. Tuesday afternoon, NASCAR suspended Matt Kenseth …

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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

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

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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?

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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

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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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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 after the 2015 Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville

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Once again, Martinsville Speedway lived up to its reputation. Short tempers? Check. Payback? Check. Lots and lots of contact? Check. Matt Kenseth – once thought to be one of the most even-tempered drivers in the garage area – wrecked Joey Logano while several laps down at Martinsville Speedway. Though he claimed it was unintentional, NASCAR …

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

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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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