Your Turn: Stewart vs. Kenseth
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This week's question: Who was at fault in the Bristol accident involving Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth?
While racing for the lead Saturday night, Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth went fender-to-fender and crashed hard, taking them both out of contention. That was followed by a two-handed helmet toss from "Smoke" that hit squarely on the front of Kenseth's car as he was exiting the pits.
Stewart has cooled off and backed off his threat to wreck Kenseth every chance he gets for the rest of the season, but he did say he'd wreck him if he had to. For Kenseth's part, he said, "I guess he just wanted to do all the taking, so that's where we ended up."
So what say you, NASCAR Nation? Who was to blame in the Stewart-Kenseth dustup?
Now have at it
The best from Twitter (#ESPNYourTurn)
Remember, we have a tank. RT— Stewart-Haas Racing (@StewartHaasRcng) August 29, 2012
Definitely Matt Kenseth was at fault if you can't hang with the big dogs stay on the porch!!— Shannan Thornton (@tennsoccermom) August 29, 2012
— Cyndi Williams (@cyndibrinsonw) August 29, 2012
@espnmotorsports Both. Neithet one would give an inch.
— Phillip Weilert (@Phil_W25) August 29, 2012
@espnmotorsports it was stewarts fault he drove down into kenseth and wrecked them both
The best from ESPN Conversations
• harpe64 -- I blame Dannica, she gets blamed for everything
Mark Garrow discusses the Matt Kenseth announcement by Joe Gibbs Racing, Tony Stewart getting a pass and what Danica Patrick learned at Bristol.
• ginger70 -- Stewart turned down into Kenseth. I don't see how anybody can say Kenseth's fault. I'm not a fan of either.
• gamefacebro88 -- I am stuck between voting "both" and voting "neither". Did Matt have to drive it down hard into the corner and slide up into Tony? Nope. Did Tony have to stand his ground on the high side regardless of the outcome? Nope. But did it make for great excitement between two great champions who are all but locked in the Chase? You bet it did.
I lean towards blaming neither of them for the wreck because Bristol lends itself to close quarters racing where feeling are going to get hurt, and fenders are going to get bent. That is exactly what we saw Saturday night. Tony and Matt will continue to race hard, but they have too much respect for each other to intentionally wreck each other in the middle of a championship run. Bottom line is it was a product of the track, the points situation, and the competitive nature of the sport in general....
• aroznowski -- I'll say that both of them are at fault. They both raced each other too hard too early. There were still over a hundred laps to go. Hard, aggressive racing like that would have been even better fifty laps later.
• AggieSeaBass -- I really can't blame either...just hard racing. Both could have avoided it, both didn't, and both wrecked.
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