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It seems that everywhere I look everyone is in a rage about Matt Kenseth being parked after the wreck towards the end of the Hollywood Casinos 400 at Kansas last weekend.  There seems to be much confusion over WHY did they park him when NASCAR seems to look the other way when other drivers seem to regularly have seven men over the wall during a pitstop and not get penalized.

I am going to say right here and right now- I totally agree with NASCAR’s call. Does it suck for Matt Kenseth? Hell yes. I am not saying that it doesn’t. I am not saying that I don’t like Matt Kenseth. When they showed the crew working on Matt Kenseth’s car I said WAIT I THINK I SEE SEVEN MEN over the wall.  I said this BEFORE they mentioned it on the national broadcast, before they put up the graphic where they super imposed a number over each crew member. The seventh man- whomever he was actually called attention to himself because he hesitated, sat back down on the wall and then decided to go back towards the car.  This hesitation is what drew my eye to him in the first place. It’s like he knew he wasn’t suppose to be over the wall but he just couldn’t help himself.

The thing that most people don’t seem to be understanding is that Matt Kenseth wasn’t making a pit stop at this point. He was pulling into his pit to repair crash damage, thus putting him and his team on the 5 minute clock.  When the cars come in for crash damage the rules clearly state that only 6 men can be over the wall at any one time to assist in the repair of the vehicle or the car is automatically done for the day. Why? They explained it on the national broadcast…because without this rule the crew chiefs could send 10 people over the wall to help fix the car and gladly take the penalty. They even stated on the national broadcast that this was a rule that the OWNERS asked for- not NASCAR. That was something I didn’t know.

A regular six person pit stop performed by Brad Keselowski’s crew at Kansas Speedway. (photo source: 352494Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images)

During a regular pit stop six members are allowed over the wall to service the car and teams CAN have a seventh man who comes across the wall to service the DRIVER. What that means is that the seventh man is there to pull a tear off, give water or ice to the driver, etc.  This is during a pit stop NOT during the 5 minute crash damage clock.  The penalty for too many men over the wall is end of the longest line or a pass through (I think).  Even IF Matt Kenseth had been performing a regular pitstop and not on the crash damage clock they would have at the least seen a penalty. Why? Because the seventh man wasn’t servicing the driver with a sawsall in his hand- which video clearly shows.

I do not understand why this is unclear. Matt Kenseth wasn’t on a regular pit stop he was on the crash damage clock. The seventh man over the wall wasn’t there to service the driver he clearly had a sawsall in his hand and when he decided to go to the can he went right to the wheel well- not to pull a tear off or give the driver water.  Yes it totally ruined his play off hopes and yes that sucks but there is the rule there for a reason. There is a clear difference between being on a pit stop and being on the playoff clock. I am sure the person who ruined the playoff hopes for his driver feels terrible. This is not a new rule- it was quite clear by crew chief Jason Radcliffe’s comments he understood the rule.  Play-off’s require everyone to be on the top of their game- and one person who either wasn’t paying attention or just really thought he could slide past the rule made a mistake and at this point in the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series play-off’s mistakes mean mean the difference between making a cut off and falling below the cut.

(Photo credit: Tony Stewart Official Store facebook/HHP/Andrew Coppley)

Started: 16th

Finished: 12th

Points: 87 points, 37th in the standings and 59 points from 30th position

Quote Of The Race: “You still mad at me bud?” — Crew chief Mike Bugarewicz after the conclusion of the race- addressing driver Tony Stewart’s radio silence during the later half of the race. (By the way- for those curious- Tony’s response was that he wasn’t mad at his crew chief but frustrated at the situation with the vibration/slowdown of the car during the later half of the race).

If I could give a random name to the race run by Tony Stewart and crew this past Saturday at Kansas I would call it “The Lemonade Race.”  No I wasn’t drinking lemonade on Saturday night.  I call it that because the race was a good example of taking the lemons dealt to you and turning them into lemonade.  (more…)

Mark Martin pilots Tony Stewart's 14 car at Kansas

Mark Martin, driver of the #14 Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats Chevrolet, pulls into the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 13th Annual Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on October 5, 2013. (Photo Credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images North America)


I try to think of some witty title for each race post and I admit it isn’t always the easiest of tasks.  This time I did NOT come up with it myself: I totally credit my TwitterPeep @darksider14 with coming up with TallaKansas!  So Kansas was a complete wreck fest on Sunday with a new track record of 14 cautions, the previous track record being set the day before at the Nationwide Series race on Saturday with 12.

(Photo Credit: Borrowed Without Asking From The Official Tony Stewart Website- click on photo to be taken to original)


First thing I wanted to share about the Kansas race is this picture of Richard Petty (and driver Aric Almirola) being honored by STP at Kansas Speedway since I wrote about the event here:

STP donates $43,000 to Victory Junction to celebrate their 40th Anniversary with “The King” at Kansas Speedway on Friday, April 20. STP Senior Brand Manager, Jamie Kistner (right), presents the $43,000 check to Richard Petty (center), Aric Almirola, driver of the No. 43 STP Ford Fusion (second from right), and Victory Junction Camper Ambassadors (Photo Credit: CIA Stock Photo)


Most NASCAR fans are familiar with the iconic (STP Dayglo) red and (Petty) blue paint scheme that adorned the number 43 car for years and years.  I didn’t know this but STP signed their first deal with Richard Petty in 1972 and are celebrating their 40th Anniversary with “The King” this season.  I know that there are certain drivers that when you think of them you think of their sponsors. Petty’s STP is one of the first.  (I also think Dupont=Jeff Gordon, and Tide=Darrell Waltrip/Ricky Rudd and Lowes=Jimmie Johnson).

Anyway, because of this landmark anniversary, STP will be back as the title sponsor on the No. 43 Ford Fusion for the second consecutive year during the STP 400 at Kansas Speedway. (Sidenote: It’s funny but when I type out STP my brain thinks Stone Temple Pilots- which then in turn makes me think of their song Vasoline…which then I try to sing to myself in my head but then it gets confused with the lyrics to Metallica’s Fuel which is a weird mashup of songs and then well  the point is my brain is being a bad naughty brain and I have digressed passed the point of you even caring)  and will be piloted by new Richard Petty Motorsports driver, Aric Almirola.

“When I signed with Richard Petty Motorsports for the 2012 season I was honored to be driving for a legend of our sport,” said Almirola. “Being able to sit in the driver’s seat of the No. 43 STP car with an iconic paint scheme, just like ‘The King’ himself did, is the icing on the cake and it would be amazing to drive it to Victory Lane on April 22.”

I know that I will keep my eyes open on April 22nd for the 40th Anniversary paint scheme.  I hope you will too.  It will be like watching history circle the track in Kansas!


When most NASCAR fans think of STP one thing comes to mind- Richard Petty and the classic blue and red petty paint scheme on the 43.  It is arguably one of the most iconic and longstanding sponsorship relationships in NASCAR. And Richard Petty’s 200 wins in this paint scheme didn’t hurt that relationship.

This year Richard Petty Motorsports driver AJ Allmendinger will sit behind the wheel of the 43 STP Sponsored Ford Fusion carrying a modern replica of the 1972 paint scheme featuring the original Petty Blue and STP Day-Glo Red colors but he won’t be running it at just any race. He will be piloting the STP Ford Fusion at STP 400 to be run at Kansas Speedway on June 5th.

Other racing endeavors of STP include:

  • Primary sponsor of two-time NHRA Full Throttle Nitro Funny Car Champion Tony Pedregon for three races (Las Vegas, Houston and Infineon) and an associate sponsorship for the balance of the season.
  • Multi-year track sponsorships with a number of ISC properties including Daytona, Talladega, Richmond, Darlington, Michigan, Chicagoland and Kansas.
  • Multi-year track sponsorship of Infineon Raceway and title sponsor of Wednesday Night Drags and Bracket Drags.
  • Continued sponsorship of Tony Stewart Racing and four-time World of Outlaws Champion Donny Schatz and the World of Outlaws Series.

A whole new generation will be exposed to the iconic status STP has in not just NASCAR but in other racing series as well.