STOUGHTON, Wis. — As soon as the checkered flag flew on Sunday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, social media lit up, with people quickly taking their sides as to whether or not John Hunter Nemechek was too rough in the way he got the win.
Then it went really nuts when Cole Custer leaped over the pit wall and tackled Nemechek near the start-finish line.
Since that time, many drivers and other have voiced their opinion if Nemechek was too rough on Custer. One of those was Kyle Larson, which is funny, given how he won a Late Model race at Daytona’s Battle of the Beach in 2013.
We have seen it (aggressive driving) from the Cup level all the way down to our weekly street stock levels.
But how much is going too far in order to get a victory?
Some people do look at the “big picture” in each situation. For the Nemechek/Custer situation, some are saying that Nemechek didn’t need to get that aggressive because he had already clinched a spot in the Chase, while Custer was looking to lock up his spot with the win. Nemechek didn’t need to be that aggressive for that reason.
We heard this same discussion last year when Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano got together in Kansas during the Chase. We saw the end result of that situation a few weeks later at Martinsville. Many even referenced in their social media post that Custer “owes” that to Nemechek now.
Some would wonder why Nemechek was that aggressive given that situation.
One thought would be that people within the Nemechek camp would tell you that they are an under-budget team and victories could lead to sponsorship opportunities — thus their aggression to get the win.
Custer going after Nemechek after the race, however, was a surprise for many. But compare Custer to Kenseth, in that both took so much from other drivers that the patience gets to a point to where aggression takes over valor.
This isn’t the first time that Custer was taken out of a victory. Gray Gaulding got aggressive on the final lap in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West finale in 2013 at Phoenix International Raceway.
Even when you look back at the Battle of the Beach 2013 events, two of the three main event races had a “bump & run” pass for the win.
Many would say that it makes for great television. It will definitely make the highlight reel on the news where the stick & ball sports anchor would usually leave it as the last thing, try to find humor from it or throw in the Benny Hill theme music.
Aggressive driving is a staple in motorsports, and depending whose side you are on, your opinion will never be the same.
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Kevin Ramsell is a Midwestern-based media relations guru and freelance contributor to multiple regional and national outlets across the United States.
He has previously worked in media relations with Madison International Speedway, Rockford Speedway, Dells Raceway Park and the ASA Midwest Tour.
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