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Monday, June 25, 2012

Talk of Matt Kenseth leaving Roush team will likely be just talk; Villeneuve punting Danica Patrick was just Jacques being Jacques

One story that emerged this weekend was that Matt Kenseth, whose sponsorship situation at Roush is not very solid, is talking to other teams about jumping ship -- specifically Penske Racing and Joe Gibbs Racing. When asked, Penske said they “are not talking to Matt” and J.D. Gibbs said he was “not allowed to talk”

Of course, Kenseth didn’t exactly clear things up this weekend.
"You know I don't talk about my contract," Kenseth said. "I'd like to have something to tell you, but I don't have anything to talk about right now. Until I have something to announce, I don't talk about it."

Kenseth started racing the #17 for Roush in 1999, and spent his entire career there. Just like last year when we went through this same drama with Carl Edwards, I predict the same ending. Something will work out for Kenseth. He is the points leader, he runs up front every week, and Roush knows he has to hold on to him. I am not saying it is out of the realm of possibility, but Kenseth is doing well long into his career; his ties with Roush are deep, and there will be gargantuan efforts made to keep him in house.

Jacques being Jacques
First off congrats to Nelson Piquet Jr. Up until know he was best known for purposely causing a caution in Formula 1 and altering outcome of race.
But this win at Road America on Saturday shows he is talented and has a future in NASCAR. I like the guy and wish him well.

But the real talk of the race was what happened between Danica Patrick and Jacques Villeneuve.
For those who didn’t see, Danica was running her best race of the year, doing well all day and running on the lap close with Max Papis and Villeneuve. The three were battling for fourth spot.
Villeneueve got past Papis, and I knew what was coming. He punted Danica out of the way.
Of course, if you know Jacques (who is really a talented driver despite his regular rudeness on track), you also knew he wasn’t going to be apologetic.
He had one of my favorite quotes of the year afterward, blaming the wreck of Danica on wheel hop and saying "It had nothing to do with me. I really don't care,” before walking away – showing a bit of the French Canadian attitude so many people love to hate.

I was a Villeneueve fan in Formula 1 and I still like the guy. In a way you have to admire a guy who isn’t afraid to say what’s on his mind, and doesn’t care who he’ll offend.

But I also know this. If he gets wrecked next time he races in Nationwide, he has no reason to complain. And it should happen; Danica and others will line up to do it.

Really, this kind of attitude is probably why Jacques never landed a full-time ride in NASCAR. He would just piss off too many people, and that doesn’t lead to good finishes.

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