Defending Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski asked NASCAR to clarify its definition of “100 percent” effort at the drivers’ meeting prior to Sunday’s NASCAR Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway.
Keselowski, who was sent in to the wall by Kyle Busch during Saturday’s Nationwide series, wanted to know if intentional wrecking fell under the guidelines established after the controversy at the end of the race at Richmond last month.
The answer is whatever NASCAR decides.
“It’s still on us to decide whether it’s aggressive, hard, NASCAR-type racing,” NASCAR president Mike Helton told Keselowski, “and when that racing turns out to be something other than that. That’s a subjective call, but NASCAR-style racing is expected to be close, aggressive and hard. “It is possible to cross that line, and if that happens, we will step into it. It’s a subjective line for us to decide when it happens, what the difference is between NASCAR-style racing and something that’s intentional.”Watson in the house
Kansas City golfing legend Tom Watson attended his first race at Kansas Speedway on Sunday. He toured the garages and attended the drivers meeting before settling in for the race. PGA golfer Gary Woodland of Topeka and retired tour golfer Jim Colbert of Kansas City also were in attendance.
“I was interested in the drivers meeting,” said Watson, the 2014 Ryder Cup captain. “In golf we don’t have meetings. Except in the Ryder Cup, we have a rules meeting.”
Watson was fascinated by the sounds of the roaring engines in the garage area compared to the silence of a golf course.
“Bubba Watson would love this,” he said of the 2012 Masters champion who bought the original General Lee car from the Dukes of Hazzard television show.