NASCAR Notebook: Kenseth Suspension Possible
By: Pete Pistone - @PPistone | MRN.com on November 3, 2015 | 2:40 P.M. EST
NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France says a suspension is a possibility for Matt Kenseth’s actions Sunday at Martinsville Speedway. (Photo: Getty Images)
NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France says a suspension is a possibility for Matt Kenseth’s actions Sunday at Martinsville Speedway.
As a guest on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio's "Morning Drive" on Tuesday, France outlined NASCAR’s review of Kenseth’s role in taking out race leader Joey Logano in Sunday’s Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500.
"They’re all on the table," France said of the sanctioning body's options. "We’re going to take everything into consideration because we don’t want that to happen again. We don’t want our events to be altered in a way that they shouldn’t be. That doesn’t mean they don’t get altered because of hard racing. That’s always going to be a part of the game. There's going to be contact, there's going to be somebody (with) a lot on the line and - in Matt’s case in Kansas - times where you just simply get the short end of the straw. We hope that never happens, but that is going to happen.
"But we want to prevent drivers or any participants in NASCAR from taking matters into their own hands to control the outcome of races. When that happens, that’s serious for us and we’ll be dealing with that."
France reiterated NASCAR’s stance that what happened at Martinsville was different than the incident that took place two weeks earlier at Kansas Speedway, when Kenseth and Logano were battling for the lead and made contact.
"Late in a race, we expect drivers to take chances to win. They’ve got the skill to do it," France said. "We expect them to race hard. Blocking is part of this game, as Matt (Kenseth) was doing, and contact will happen in NASCAR from time to time.
"That’s all that was. But the unfortunate thing for Matt is that he had a lot on the line that day and it’s understandable, the disappointment he had. Late in that race, a faster car is behind you and you’re blocking, there’s contact, you get the short end of it and you go around. That was an entirely different situation than Martinsville. What we’re not going to do is take the style of NASCAR and parlay that into something where one driver or another believes the way to pay somebody back for something that happened is to take matters into their own hands. We won’t accept that."
A decision on Kenseth’s potential punishment is expected later this afternoon.
NASCAR Executive On the Move
NASCAR Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer Brett Jewkes has accepted a position in senior management with Atlanta-based AMB Group, LLC, which provides investment management and support services for Arthur Blank's family of businesses. Jewkes will leave his role at NASCAR following Ford Championship Weekend later this month at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He joined NASCAR in 2011 after serving as outside agency counsel to the sanctioning body beginning in 2000. Jewkes has led NASCAR's Integrated Marketing Communications department and has overseen NASCAR's relationship with the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Pocono Fan Council Forming
Pocono Raceway is accepting applications for its 2016 Fan Council, the purpose of which is to assist the track's staff in developing and improving the overall fan experience at "The Tricky Triangle."
"Our first two Fan Councils did a great job," said Brandon Igdalsky, president and CEO of Pocono Raceway. "Their input played a role in some of the new initiatives and changes made over the last four years. For 2016, we're adding new features to enhance this program. We have the best race fans in world and we can't wait to start receiving applications."
Fans who would like to apply for the Pocono Raceway Fan Council can visit www.poconoraceway.com/fcapply. Applications must be submitted before Dec. 1.