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Matt Kenseth getting new spotter

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11:04 AM ET 10.07 | Mike Calinoff will end his long run as spotter for former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Matt Kenseth at season's end, remaining with Roush Fenway Racing when Kenseth jumps to Joe Gibbs Racing next season. Calinoff has remained mum about his plans for 2013, but Kenseth revealed this weekend that his longtime spotter will move on. Asked via Twitter whether Calinoff will accompany him to JGR and the No. 20 Home Depot Toyota, Kenseth replied "No, he is a great spotter, I will miss him." Calinoff subsequently confirmed those plans, revleaing that he will spot for 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. when Stenhouse takes the wheel of Roush Fenway's No. 17 Ford next season.

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October 7, 2012  01:28 PM ET

Oh well.. with Kenseth moving on.. guess his 'former' spotter is too

October 7, 2012  03:43 PM ET

anyone else notice a lot of strange things have been happening to kenseths cars recently? broken shock, broken sway bar mount.. seems as if the cat in the hat doesn't want him to win the championship

October 7, 2012  04:03 PM ET

Bye Kurt see you at Daytona if you can find a ride!

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October 7, 2012  05:28 PM ET

Just goes to show, being lucky is just as important as being fast -- except for that 55 car driving into the back of Smoke ... good thing he only drives a few races a year ...

October 7, 2012  05:48 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Just goes to show, being lucky is just as important as being fast -- except for that 55 car driving into the back of Smoke ... good thing he only drives a few races a year ...

Please let us know when you want to take that comment back.

October 7, 2012  06:06 PM ET

OOooppss -- I stand corrected -- Smoke admitted he turned down trying to block the 55 ...

October 7, 2012  06:54 PM ET

Just goes to show, being lucky is just as important as being fast -- Except

October 7, 2012  07:34 PM ET
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I wouldn't hire this foul mouthed garbage picker to push my mower, what a freak.

He's already hired.... tune in next week to learn what # in the 2nd 1/2 of 100 he'll be driving.

October 7, 2012  08:00 PM ET
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He's already hired.... tune in next week to learn what # in the 2nd 1/2 of 100 he'll be driving.

Contracts were made to be broken through good behavior clauses. After the stunt Kurt pulled, driving away with safety workers not just around the car, but still working on it with their equipment on the trunk, I have a feeling NASCAR will be sitting him out a few more races this year, if not all of them.

October 7, 2012  08:35 PM ET

not trying to argue, I really am just curious but how did johnson finish 17th when his car was done and couldn't cross the finish line. How does that work? I know jr and harvick crept across, so how does the 48 finish ahead of the 88? That could be big in the end when it comes to the 48 2 and 11 ect. I just don't understand that.

October 7, 2012  11:46 PM ET
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not trying to argue, I really am just curious but how did johnson finish 17th when his car was done and couldn't cross the finish line. How does that work? I know jr and harvick crept across, so how does the 48 finish ahead of the 88? That could be big in the end when it comes to the 48 2 and 11 ect. I just don't understand that.

i'm waiting until the results are official to check them out since its a cluster f.. jimmie actually did cross the finish line though, and got a lift back to the garage..

October 7, 2012  11:46 PM ET

pic is too big, that's jimmie riding in the window getting a ride back from the finish line

http://tinyurl.com/9fskjag

October 8, 2012  12:47 AM ET

WOW, a new spotter! For real? Tell us it isn't so, Matt.

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October 8, 2012  06:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

i'm waiting until the results are official to check them out since its a cluster f.. jimmie actually did cross the finish line though, and got a lift back to the garage..

ok. yeah i didn't know that he got his car across.

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October 8, 2012  12:22 PM ET

I'll attempt to make this understandable. When a caution comes out during a GWC finish, Nascar some how magically freezes the race at that instance, and starts assigning positions. The 17 was awarded 1st place at that moment..... not when he crossed the finish line. If you watch the replay on Nascar.com, you can see that 17 is in the lead, and 24 on the bottom is 2nd (I couldn't figure out how Gordon got 2nd until I saw the video).

The race stopped immediately when the Yellow flag waved. There seemed to be a slight delay, and Stewart got passed by like 20 cars.... find that a little questionable. NO ONE had to cross the finish line.

 
October 8, 2012  12:55 PM ET
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I'll attempt to make this understandable. When a caution comes out during a GWC finish, Nascar some how magically freezes the race at that instance, and starts assigning positions. The 17 was awarded 1st place at that moment..... not when he crossed the finish line. If you watch the replay on Nascar.com, you can see that 17 is in the lead, and 24 on the bottom is 2nd (I couldn't figure out how Gordon got 2nd until I saw the video). The race stopped immediately when the Yellow flag waved. There seemed to be a slight delay, and Stewart got passed by like 20 cars.... find that a little questionable. NO ONE had to cross the finish line.

If what your post says is true, NASCAR has a serious credibility problem.

If a wreck occurs at the end of the race the car HAS to cross the finish line. A car that is stopped on the track half way between turn 4 and the finish line CANNOT finish ahead of a car that misses the wreck and finishes the race....it doesn't make sense.

I understand the freezing of the field, but even when they freeze the field, say, in the middle of the race, if a car cannot continue...it gets passed by every other car that can continue....thereby allowing them to finish ahead of the wrecked car.

Did I make that understandable?

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