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Fall Brawl 2015

Fall Brawl 2015

BY Chris Stevens


When darkness fell onSunday in Martinsville Speedway,  4-time Sprint Cup Champion Jeff Gordon was in Victory Lane for the 9th time at the ½ mile flat track and the crowd was still in shock…not from seeing the legendary driver making his final start at the bull ring, but from the carnage of blatant revenge that even had the television crews and radio personalities speechless and had some calling for the ruling body of NASCAR to park two of its most popular drivers for the rest of the season. Breaking down the on-track incident really goes back three races to Kansas Motor Speedway. Daytona 500 winner Joey Logano had been dominant throughout the race and had the fastest car. Former Sprint Cup Champion Matt Kenseth had worked his way into the lead on pit-stop strategy with Logano in second. Kenseth aggressively blocked Logano several times running Logano into the wall. Logano put the nose of his Shell Pennzoil Ford into the right rear of Kenneth’s Toyota spinning him out and causing Kenseth to be eliminated. Kenseth vowed revenge and made several statements throughout the following week leading up to Talladega that Logano would not win the Championship this year and that he would see to it personally. During the race at Talladega, Kenseth vented frustration at Logano several times on the radio stating that he was going to knock Logano out after the race. Nothing happened after the race which saw Logano in Victory Lane for the 6th time of the year and undoubtedly fanned the fire of anger in Kenseth.

Fast forward to Martinsville…Kenseth made the point clear to the media that Logano had it coming. The short track that has some of the roughest racing and that has given birth to some of the biggest rivalries in the sport was about to bear witness to the mother of all pay backs. Logano set the pace by winning his 6th pole of the year in qualifying and when the race started Logano dominated the first half of the race exchanging the lead between himself and teammate Brad Keselowski. Kenseth quietly worked his way up to the fourth position when he was involved with Keselowski tearing up both of their cars. At the time it appeared that Kenseth was attempting to get to Logano but settled for his teammate instead. The wreck also collected Chase contender Kurt Busch who ended up finishing 34th and Keselowski 32nd. Logano continued to lead while Kenseth’s car was in the garage having repairs made. Nine laps down, Kenseth returned to the track and kept his car on the apron of the track until the leader Logano approached him on the front stretch. Kenseth turned his car right forcing Logano into the wall, and when the two cars went into Turn 1, Kenseth went hard into Logano’s left rear and slammed him into the concrete barrier. Logano tried desperately to get his car to fire but had to be towed to the garage for repairs.

Logano finished 37th at Martinsville, placing him last in the points for the Race To The Chase. A championship is not out of the question if he wins at either Texas or Phoenix. He can make the final 4, but it will be an up-hill battle for both Team Penske drivers. Kenseth has been suspended for 2 races and placed on probation for 6 months. Joe Gibbs Racing plans to appeal the suspension. Danica Patrick was also involved in a similar incident in which she purposely wrecked David Gilliland following an on track altercation. She was fined $50,000, placed on probation for the remainder of the year and docked 25 points. The next 3 races are sure to be exciting!

[Photo: Colin E. Braley / AP Sports]

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Fall Brawl 2015
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Fall Brawl 2015

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