Its no secret that Matt Kenseth isn’t a very controversial figure in the sport of NASCAR.
of course he’s had his incidents, including taking Joey Logano out of the playoffs at Martinsville two years ago and brawling with Brad Keselowski behind the haulers after an on track altercation at Lowes Motor Speedway a few years ago, but for the most part the Wisconsin native has been known to stay out of every one else’s business and run his own race.
Unfortunately for the former Cup Series Champion, he has once again found himself embroiled in controversy after making a negative comment about Danica Patrick’s chances in The NASCAR Hall of Fame. While Kurt Busch, who told reporters that Patrick would definitely make The Hall of Fame of Fame one day based on her merits inside and outside the sport, Kenseth sees it a little bit differently.
“Man, I don’t know about a Hall of Famer. Kenseth said when asked about Kurt Busch’s comments about Patrick belonging in The Hall of Fame,” I don’t know what goes into choosing who’s in the Hall of Fame or not, I mean certainly she’s been the most successful woman driver in NASCAR probably ever, but she’s still been racing here a long time and hasn’t been able to win a race or put up some of the numbers. There’s going to be people that have much better numbers ahead of her that probably don’t get in, so I don’t know about the Hall of Fame thing,”
The comments come after Stewart Haas Racing announced this week that Danica Patrick would be parting ways with SHR and the #10 car and the end of the season, which leaves her Cup Series career in major jeopardy if she isn’t able to find a ride before 2018. Compounding the issue further is the fact that Patrick is refusing to go to one of NASCAR’s lower tier series’, which could ultimately be her undoing and force her to leave the sport completely.
As for Patrick’s Hall of Fame chances, its interesting to note that her eligibility will be dependent on what she has done on the track and for the sport itself. While her seven top-ten’s and one pole in The Daytona 500 a couple of years ago are really nothing to look twice at, Patrick has started quite the revolution for woman in the sport of NASCAR and has brought a lot of added attention and other woman drivers to the sport to find their fortunes as well.
With that being said, and her eligibility being contingent on what she has contributed to the sport, the added attention and the history making alone should be enough to nab her a spot one day, but to name her as a Hall of Famer after just parting ways with SHR a few days ago is a little ridiculous. In fact, with her antics this season with several drivers and even with fans, it’s almost insulting to name her as a future Hall of Famer so soon.
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