Top 10 Tuesday: Chase-Era Controversies

Spencer Neff


Thank you for reading and I hope you are having a great week.

Earlier today, NASCAR suspended Matt Kenseth for two races after he wrecked Joey Logano late in Sunday’s race at Martinsville. Kenseth’s actions are likely stemming from his frustration with Logano spinning him at Kansas, the latest in a series of controversies that have permeated the sport since the Chase was implemented in  2004.

10. 2010: Jeff Gordon and Jeff Burton Rumble-During a caution at Texas, Jeff Burton inadvertently turned into Jeff Gordon and sent the two crashing into the wall. Out of the race, Gordon went over to confront Burton and the two began to scuffle, causing one of the most unexpected scraps between drivers in the last few years.

9. 2014: Brad Keselowski and Jeff Gordon Scrap-After making contact late in the November race at Texas, Jeff Gordon’s tire was flattened and he was sent spinning into the wall. After being confronted by Gordon, Keselowski was shoved back into the fracas by Kevin Harvick. The ensuing melee resulted in shoving, pushing and several flared tempers.

8. 2014: Brad Keselowski Feuds with Joe Gibbs Racing-A long-standing feud between Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin boiled over at Charlotte in the fall of 2014. Keselowski and Hamlin made contact with each other late in the race. The feuding would continue later on, as Keselowski had confrontations with Hamlin, Kenseth and Tony Stewart after the race, resulting in several fines.

7. 2015: Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth- Late in the race at Kansas three weeks ago, Kenseth and Logano tangled at Kansas, sending Kenseth to a 14th-place finish and Logano on his way to a sweep of the Contender Round as Kenseth was eliminated at Talladega. After a crash a week later  involving Brad Keselowski knocked Kenseth out of the race, he enacted payback on Logano, who was leading the race at the time.

6. 2015: Kevin Harvick at Talladega- With a sputtering engine and his chances of advancing in the Chase fading, things looked bleak for Kevin Harvick. After the initial green-white-checkered attempt was waved off, the only scheduled one began with Harvick and Trevor Bayne getting together. Although many had suspected foul play by Harvick, he was not penalized and the result stood.

5. 2007: Michael Waltrip Racing Busted at Daytona-2007 was billed as Toyota’s debut in the top tier of NASCAR, but after qualifying, that all changed. Michael Waltrip’s team was found to have used an illegal additive in the fuel tank of his car. The infraction resulted in several suspensions for the crew, a 100-point loss before the season started and an embarrassing start to Michael Waltrip Racing’s history.

4. 2006: Chad Knaus Suspended: After an illegal adjustment was found in the rear window of Jimmie Johnson’s car, his crew chief Chad Knaus was suspended for four races. The suspension was the beginning of several that have been a part of the career of one of the sport’s best crew chiefs.

3. 2012: Clint Bowyer and Jeff Gordon Tangle-Late in the November Phoenix race, Jeff Gordon became frustrated with Clint Bowyer and decided to take him out of the race, effectively ending Bowyer’s chance at a title. A massive scuffle broke out between the two teams, making for one of the most famous scenes in recent memory. The feud between the two may have gone from the headlines, but not from anyone’s memory.

2. 2011: Kyle Busch Wrecks Ron Hornaday- Since entering the Cup Series in 2005, Kyle Busch has been probably the most polarizing driver in the series. That reached a climax in the Truck Series race at Texas. Early on, Busch and Ron Hornaday made contact.Frustrated by the contact, Busch spun Hornaday into the wall. After that, Busch would be parked by NASCAR for the weekend and sponsors forced his absence from racing for the remaining two race weekends of the year.

  1. 2013: Michael Waltrip Racing at Richmond- Late in the last regular season race at Richmond, Ryan Newman seemed to be in position to win his way into the Chase. However, a late-race spin by Clint Bowyer thwarted those plans and helped Bowyer’s teammate, Martin Truex Jr. into the chase. Later when the spin was found to be orchestrated, Truex was booted from the Chase in favor of Newman, and Jeff Gordon was later added after Front Row Motorsports and Team Penske were also found to have worked to prevent Gordon from being in over Penske’s Joey Logano.

Enjoy your week and see you soon.


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