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NASCAR addresses restarts day after Elliott Sadler mess

Matt Kenseth’s car catches fire Sunday after an accident Brickyard 400. He is without team for next year. | RSanders~AP

Matt Kenseth’s car catches fire Sunday after an accident at the Brickyard 400. He is without a team for next year. | Ron Sanders~AP

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Updated: August 31, 2012 6:14AM

INDIANAPOLIS — The controversy surrounding Elliott Sadler’s black-flag penalty during the Nationwide Series race Saturday was still prevalent
during the Sprint Cup Series’ drivers meeting Sunday.

NASCAR president Mike Helton and managing event director David Hoots sternly lectured the drivers not to
jump ahead during restarts
and to get the restarts done correctly so NASCAR wouldn’t have to intervene.

Sadler was leading on the 85th lap Saturday but appeared to be pushed by Richard Childress Racing teammate Austin Dillon, while eventual winner Brad Keselowski slowed. Dillon said
he thought Keselowski spun his tires.

NASCAR told Sadler to park his car, but Sadler argued and didn’t go to pit road for at least three laps after the punishment was issued.

Still looking

A spokesperson for Sprint Cup Series driver Matt Kenseth said Kenseth hasn’t found a ride for 2013.

Kenseth announced last month that he is leaving Roush-Fenway Racing at the end of the season, and rumors immediately swirled that Kenseth would join Joe Gibbs’ Toyota racing team.

The same day Kenseth announced he was leaving, owner Jack Roush announced reigning Nationwide Series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. would replace Kenseth in the Sprint Cup Series next year.

Kenseth’s season took a sour turn when he wrecked with 27 laps left Sunday and lost his lead in the Sprint Cup points standings. He is now one point behind Dale Earnhardt Jr., who hadn’t had the points lead since 2004.

Not a good start

Carl Edwards started second, but engine trouble on the 13th lap ruined his day and the debut of new crew chief Chad Norris, who replaced ailing Bob Osborne.

Edwards went to the pits and thought he had a busted valve spring or a dead cylinder. His car was still sluggish, but he opted to continue racing and ended up finishing 29th, four laps down.

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