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    Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford checks his phone in the garage area during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series testing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 7, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

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    Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's / Kobalt Tools Chevrolet talks with Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series testing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 7, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

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    Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford, signs autographs before practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 8, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)

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    Crew members push the #24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet, driven by Jeff Gordon, in the garage area before practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 8, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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    Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet, signs autographs in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 9, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)

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    The US Air Force Thunderbirds fly over during pre-race ceremonies for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 10, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

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    Travis Kvapil, driver of the #93 Burger King/Dr. Pepper Toyota, blows his engine during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 10, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. ( Credit: Nick Laham/Getty Images)

matt kenseth wins at las ve… zzzzzz

Matt Kenseth is a great race car driver and it’s cool that he won, and as my mom said when I told her that, “well it’s nice that someone different won,” I couldn’t disagree with her. It’s true, but why I am not super excited when Matt Kenseth wins? I have no idea. It’s not personal.

Before anyone decides to get annoyed with me, let me say that I understand how wonderful it is he was able to win with his new team and organization. I get it, it bodes well for him. I congratulate him and the No. 20 Dollar General team.

However, isn’t it super sad that Kasey Kahne led the most laps and still lost? Dude, that sucks.

Can I just say how annoying it was that Denny Hamlin received that fine from NASCAR for saying something that wasn’t that big of a deal? No one even talked about his comments after he said them, no one was giving it a second thought. So NASCAR made a big deal out of nothing.

I also thought that it was really annoying that none of the other drivers seemed to stick up for him. Not overtly, at least. I wasn’t expecting anyone to bag on the Gen 6 car too, or repeat the things that Denny said, but I found it odd that they weren’t sticking up for him on the principal of the matter. They didn’t have to agree with what he said to find it ridiculous that NASCAR would fine someone (without even talking to him about it first) for being honest.

Although, of the driver’s press conferences that I read on Friday, Jeff Gordon seemed to be on both sides, but maybe more Denny:

“Maybe it’s just me, but certainly this thing has blown up after yesterday and has drawn a lot more attention to it than I think had there not been a fine. I don’t know if that really justified a fine in my opinion. I don’t think it was right the things that Denny (Hamlin) said and how he went about it. It probably needed to be handled in some way. I just feel like I wouldn’t be getting asked these questions had they went and just talked to him about it.”

At this point, after a race if you’re pissed off or frustrated — on ANY level or for ANY reason — you just shouldn’t talk to the media at all. It would definitely make the post-race shows a lot shorter. But that’s my favorite part of the race broadcast so I’d rather they talk it out on pit road on TV. :)

I’m glad Denny is sticking to his guns and not paying that stupid fine.

2 Comments

  1. Sheila
    March 12, 2013 at 12:22 PM ·

    Jeff Burton was on record as saying he thought NASCAR over-reacted so I was taking that as supportive of Denny.

  2. Karen
    March 13, 2013 at 3:59 AM ·

    I did some checking. When the first GEN 5 race was held and Kyle Busch won, he made some nasty comments about the car and no fine was given to him. I am not a Hamlin fan however I believe the fine is wrong. Karen