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Kenseth being added to a number of enemy lists

By admin | March 6, 2011

By Richard Allen


Matt Kenseth exhibits what seems to be one of the calmest and most mild mannered demeanors of any driver in NASCAR. But don’t be fooled. The Wisconsin native is one of the hardest driving wheel men on the track. And whenever a driver races hard, he is bound to run afoul of his fellow competitors from time to time.

During his Sprint Cup career the 2003 champion has had some well documented incidents with other drivers. There was the You Tube sensation of Carl Edwards throwing, and almost landing, a punch in Kenseth’s direction during a post-race meeting in Martinsville. Jeff Gordon aggressively let Kenseth know how he felt after a race one afternoon in Bristol. And Kenseth and Jamie McMurray had a couple of get-togethers on cool down laps a few years back.

As stated above, when a driver races hard these type of things are to be expected. And virtually all of Kenseth’s clashes have been over issues at the front of the pack rather than at the rear, which is also a good thing.

However, over the last two weeks the Roush Fenway Racing driver has added two more names to the list who may not be sending him Christmas cards this December.

In Phoenix, Brian Vickers was convinced that Kenseth had “door slammed” him during the early portion of that race which eventually led to a crash. Even after video evidence seemed to indicate that contact was minimal, Vickers remained adamant that his new found foe had done him in. Whether the contact was intentional or not, Vickers perception is what matters.

Kenseth went on to finish 12th in Phoenix while Vickers ended up 30th.

On Sunday in Las Vegas, another driver credited Kenseth with making his day worse than it should have been. Late in the event as both drivers were racing to overcome earlier deficits, Trevor Bayne’s Ford received a nudge from the Ford driven by Kenseth. Bayne wobbled and brushed the wall as Kenseth drove away.

Kenseth eventually placed 11th and Bayne was 20th.

Later, Bayne commented on twitter, “Welllll after all the battles today I guess we’ll take a top 20! Pit road penalty got us.. And the 17 didn’t help us much either.”

Matt Kenseth may on the outside seem like the last guy other drivers would have a problem with. But there is a growing list of Sprint Cup drivers who might very well disagree with that assessment. In the end, most of these incidents seem to be the result of hard racing. Ultimately, there is little wrong with that.

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11 Responses to “Kenseth being added to a number of enemy lists”

  1. zhills fan Says:
    March 7th, 2011 at 6:04 am

    Sunday’s “tap” by Kenseth was a typical move by Dale Earnheart. And most loved him. lol

  2. Buddynoel Says:
    March 7th, 2011 at 8:55 am

    You don’t have to move out of an on-coming car’s way, but if you are holding a car back, you leave that driver with choices. I watched as MK and TB went nearly 10 laps before the tap. Matt drove by many veteran drivers after that to secure a top-10 finish in a pole-setting car. Matt just couldn’t wait for the rookie to make up his mind.

  3. Justin Says:
    March 7th, 2011 at 9:13 am

    I laugh every time I see the replay of Kenseth “door slamming” Vickers. Vickers is such a drama queen about every on track incident…..

  4. James Walker Says:
    March 7th, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Trever when u hold up a veteren driver u r gonna get moved, lesson learned move on. Brian Vickers is a legend in his own mind and possibly the most overated driver in Nascar with the exception of that Earnhart guy

  5. Dot Jones Says:
    March 7th, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Do fans count? Kenseth was my enemy on Friday when he knocked Marcos off the pole.

  6. SRQ Mike Says:
    March 7th, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Vickers must have a difficult time objectively assessing video. What did he see that we didn’t see in slow, slow motion. Whatever he’s upset about must have occured earlier or later then the video cited showed. Of course, Kenseth ran out of patience after TB held him up for several laps. I bet MK’s move occured 50+ times in the LV race alone. If you didn’t make that move when slower cars refuse to recognize the obvious, you have races that are even more of a procession than we had yesterday.

  7. sylvia richardson Says:
    March 7th, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    I could not believe my eyes when i saw Matt do that.MATT WAS WRONG. just my opinion.

  8. buddynoel Says:
    March 7th, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    I’d like to see if I can get that FR9 motor dropped into my F-150. I run the Mojave and Sonoran Desert floors in summer and can use a good “stump puller” to haul my horse trailer around. I hear it’s good at running hot.

  9. Mr. Tony Geinzer Says:
    March 7th, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Please, I want Kenseth and Jr. in Nationwide Again to crank up the juice on the Old Rivalry Again.

  10. the Bear Says:
    March 7th, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    I was there at the race this past weekend,and anyone with sympathy for Trevor,is just wrong! Don’t get me wrong,I do like the kid and think he will be a great driver. But the fact is I am a Kenseth fan so I was VERY aware of where and what was going on around where Matt was. Matt gave the kid every chance possible to let him by,but Trevor tried everyting he could think of (side draft, cut off,etc) to hold Matt back. The kid isn’t even racing in this series for a championship but he uses all the tricks to hold back a contender for points?And on top of that a faster,more experiencd FORD driver.IMO he got what he deserved,(as he had done it at least three times to a guy just trying to get a lucky dog pass). Not to mention the fact,Matt had an oppertunity to turn him but just gave him enough to wake him up!!! Just my opinion,and I was there!!!

  11. dowzier28 Says:
    March 7th, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    You guys are crazy Matt is a race car driver & so is Trevorbania. It’s racing & just another racing incident. No senior is easy on a freshman, how else would they learn. Remember they are race car drivers they all wanna win so to give up a position is hard to do. Go getm boys. We love the bump & run. Thanks for making Nascar good again