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Brad Keselowski knows firsthand how it feels to have the hammer come down from NASCAR, and now Matt Kenseth knows that feeling. If anyone thought what Keselowski and teammate Joey Logano’s team got hit with a lot, this past week NASCAR went above that. Did the severity of Kenseth’s penalty surprise Keselowski? “Yeah, I think there’s no doubt that there’s been a pretty significant ratcheting effect to the penalties in the sport.  It takes a lot to really surprise me nowadays, whether it was the penalty we received the past week or the one that happened to the Gibbs group.  I understand both sides, in a sense, but then again I don’t.  I think it’s really tough.  What the sport really lacks right now is a way for us to curb fair play – balance the fair play that the sport needs so that our fans can really relate to it without presenting this – I don’t want to call it an illusion – but presenting this almost like a façade as though there’s cheating in the sport.  I think it’s pretty obvious that when you look at Matt’s issue the pieces and the parts were not that influential to the performance, and probably didn’t win him the race.  I think anyone could probably say that, but, then again, from NASCAR’s side, they know that if you give an inch, you’ve got to give a mile.  So it’s basically what we lack in the sport is some kind of proportionate response to manage that.  I think that’s really what you’re seeing.  It’s a pretty significant penalty.  I think there’s probably other ways to take control of the situation, but, then again, I don’t know all of the circumstances.  More times than not, there’s usually a series of events that lead up to such an instance and that might have been the case and those series of events are usually behind closed doors.  But then obviously this situation is not behind closed doors, so it’s difficult because I don’t think any of us probably know the full circumstance and there’s a strong chance we probably never will,” Keselowski told the media Thursday from the Richmond International Raceway. The problem is there might not be enough transparency when it comes to rules and what/how things are enforced. “From my experience there’s usually a lot more than what you can see, but, then again, I feel like we need something in our sport similar to what the NBA or the NFL has where we have fouls or the NFL has yardage penalties or whatever.  We need something like that in our sport – something to control people from getting too far out, but without sending this large message that I think we send when we have issues like this that make people kind of question the competitors and where they’re at.  I know I personally don’t enjoy answering the questions from fans in the scenarios we’ve been presented over the last few weeks about, ‘Does this mean you’re a cheater?’  I don’t think that’s fair because you look at the best players in the NBA, Michael Jordan committed fouls and you don’t see situations where the fans in the NBA look at him and call him a cheater.  It’s just kind of part of the game.  When you’re pushing to the limits, sometimes things just step over, whether it’s intentional or not.  It sounds like that’s what happened with Matt and, unfortunately, we don’t have as system to really keep that in check without it becoming almost a death penalty situation.  Those penalities are severe enough where you could certainly put them in that case,” continued Keselowski. I agree with Keselowski that we need more clear cut rules outlined for teams to know what to expect. It’s hard for teams to be on pins and needles until NASCAR releases the penalty. But then again, maybe teams shouldn’t be pushing the envelope so much. We’ll see who might push the envelope tonight in the running of the Toyota Owners 400 from the Richmond International Raceway. That can be seen on FOX at 7:30 PM EST.
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