Feb 14, 2021; Daytona Beach, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series drivers Brad Keselowski (2), Kyle Busch (18), Joey Logano (22), Brad Keselowski (2) and Austin Cindric (33) wreck during the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

In the final lap of the 63rd Daytona 500, a fiery crash among the leaders provided the opportunity for Michael McDowell to get the lead and win in an upset over the top teams in NASCAR.

Dangerous and scary crashes like this are unfortunately common at places like Daytona and Talladega but even if we know it’s coming, most people have some sort of loud reaction to something like that. Unless you’re Matt Kenseth.

The NASCAR driver was doing a watchalong of the race with Greg Biffle and Hailie Deegan for Fox and well, Kenseth’s reaction to the finish wasn’t something you would expect. Make no mistake, this watchalong wasn’t a regular broadcast and no one was expecting Kenseth to do play-by-play like Mike Joy did on the Fox broadcast, but Kenseth sounded like he should’ve been describing a three foot putt for par instead of the kind of explosions that would make Michael Bay jealous.

Kenseth calmly described the finish:

“It’s mixing up right now, there goes the 3 car for third. Like I said, Brad [Keselowski] did the best job of timing that run but you got two teammates and you got the 34 in third place. It’s going to be hard to muster anything up.”

*Crash happens*


“It looks like Michael McDowell is gonna get his first win right here possibly if they throw the yellow. They threw it. I think Michael McDowell might’ve won this race.”

Now I know what it would’ve been like if Bob Ross had done NASCAR commentary.

In some strange way, I like this anti-commentary from Kenseth. It’s like a comedian who tries not to be funny. It’s not for everyone but if the right person can come along and channel that and fully get into it, they can be brilliant. Kenseth fits that bill and now I’m wondering what else he could do.

Imagine the “Miracle on Ice” if it was called by Matt Kenseth. “Five seconds left. And it looks like the Americans have won against the Soviets.” Keep up the matter-of-fact commentary.


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