How to fix lack of respect on track? Former Truck champ says ‘bust somebody in the mouth’

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Matt Crafton, a three-time NASCAR Outdoor camping World Truck Series chauffeur, didn’t mince words in how to deal with disrespect on the track after Saturday’s caution-filled playoff race at Martinsville Speedway.

“Whip somebody’s ass,” Crafton stated after a race slowed 14 times for 88 laps. “If they wreck you, at the end of the day, don’t just talk about it, do something about it. That’s my motto. These guys work too hard. Sponsors pay too much money to get wrecked and (shown) no class at that.

“Just bust somebody in the mouth and that will fix that.”

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John Hunter Nemechek, a playoff chauffeur who crashed after he was turned by Austin Wayne Self, a non-playoff chauffeur, likewise attended to the matter after Crafton on Saturday.

Nemechek stated on what to do: “I think that (referring to Crafton’s comments) or have NASCAR get involved.

“There’s nothing that NASCAR has done. It’s just like the (Self) incident. It’s blatant that he just hooked me in the right rear for no apparent reason and wrecked us. That was that. There should be some type of consequence there.

“I view that as the same thing as Joey Logano-Matt Kenseth at Martinsville. They took each other out in their own playoff deal. (Kenseth) wasn’t in the playoffs (he had been eliminated). How can you view that differently? It’s being more consistent with calls and seeing those scenarios.”

A distinction from the 2 occasions. Kenseth was 9 laps down when he went back to the track at Martinsville in 2015 and was gone by Logano, who was leading, prior to sending out Logano into the wall. NASCAR suspended Kenseth 2 races. Saturday, NASCAR did not punish Self.

Ben Rhodes stated after the race: “You don’t have to ask me about respect, I was trying to avoid people all day. I let plenty of people go by that were beating my back bumper off. Sure enough, when they got up there in a fighting match, I would drive back by them once they started racing side-by-side and doing something stupid.”

Crafton, Nemechek, Rhodes and Martinsville winner Zane Smith all will race for the champion Nov. 5 at Phoenix Raceway.

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