By admin | September 20, 2011
By Richard Allen
Anyone who has ever read posts from this site before will know that I am never averse to pointing out the faults of the NASCAR organization. However, in the case of Matt Kenseth receiving assistance from J.J. Yeley on the last lap of Monday’s Sprint Cup race at the Chicagoland Speedway there seems to be a lack of common sense being used in the discussion.
While I will not disagree that the wording of the rule regarding a car receiving a push on the last lap of a race neglects to make one very important differentiation, the intent seems very clear to me.
Many who believe Kenseth was wrongly punished when he was placed as the last car on the lead lap have argued that cars receive assistance on the last lap at the restrictor plate tracks of Daytona and Talladega. Obviously, that is true. Bump drafting has been employed by drivers for quite some time on those tracks. However, a push given to a car under full power while drafting with another car is a completely different matter than a car out of fuel and not under power receiving a push to make it to the finish.
Seriously, common sense needs to prevail here.
Yeley himself did not help matters when in a post-race interview he said he did not understand the rule and thought it only inferred that a car could not be pushed across the finish line. He even went on to give credence to the plate track argument by pointing out that cars receive assistance on the last laps of those races.
On Twitter, Darrell Waltrip countered that by saying, “Getting assistance on the last lap is as old as the sport itself, we all know you can’t do that, period, what’s the issue?”
Waltrip went on the add, “Here’s the deal, if your engine is not running and someone is pushing you that’s assistance, both cars running under own power, not so much!”
Nobody likes to find fault with the powers that be in Daytona Beach more than this writer. And more, I consider myself somewhat of a Matt Kenseth fan. But in this case, this is the wrong fight. If NASCAR wants to rewrite their rule to clarify then so be it. As for me in this case, I can’t even believe this is an issue. It’s just a matter of common sense.
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