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Matt Kenseth Crashes Race Leader Joey Logano At Martinsville Speedway

Matt Kenseth Crashes Race Leader Joey Logano At Martinsville Speedway

by November 1, 2015 0 comments

Photo Credit: Tyler Goodson

RIDGEWAY, Va. – With less than 50 laps to go in Sunday’s Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway, Matt Kenseth got into the back of Joey Logano, wrecking him and ending the day for both teams.

Joey Logano had just made his way around Matt Kenseth to put him a lap down, when Kenseth hooked Logano and plowed him into the Turn 1 wall to bring out the 16th of the afternoon on Lap 455. Matt Kenseth claims that damage from a prior accident caused him to get into the back of Logano, but the history between the two drivers tells a different tale.

“There’s people that say a lot of things,” Kenseth said. “The splitter was dragging the ground and got into the corner and certainly ruined his day. I know what it’s like to be that too. Some days you’re the bat some days you’re the ball. It’s never fun when you’re the ball so like I said disappointing end, a disappointing end to our Chase and he’s (Joey Logano) got a couple races left, he’s got the best car, he might get a couple of wins here and still have a shot at it. Certainly disappointed it came down to that. Man, I was out there trying to race as hard as I could for Dollar General and try to get the win. I really thought we were going to have a shot for the win before they got me the first time. Disappointed to get wiped out twice in the last four weeks with a shot to win for sure.”

The tension between the two drivers dates back to the finish at Kansas Speedway two weekends ago, when Joey Logano spun Matt Kenseth out to win the race. Even last weekend at Talladega Superspeedway, the two drivers got together while entering pit road during green flag stops. With Kenseth out of contention for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and then being involved in a Lap 436 caution prior to the accident with Logano on Sunday, it appears that the tempers have finally boiled over.

“I think what happened at Kansas is a completely different deal,” Logano said. “We were racing for the win and he blocks you a few times and then we raced hard and he blocked me the last time and we spun out. That’s what happened there. Here it was just a complete coward move, especially for a championship race car driver and race team. Just a complete coward. I don’t have anything else to say. It’s a chicken-you-know-what move to completely take out the leader when your race is over.

Joey Logano led 207 laps, most of any driver on Sunday. Following the race, Joey Logano was scored 37th with Matt Kenseth in 38th. As far the Eliminator Round point standings go, Logano is now 28 points away from Kevin Harvick, who currently holds the fourth and final transfer position.

“We’re not gonna let this take us down,” said Logano after the accident with Matt Kenseth. “This is a strong team and he’ll have his.”

UPDATE: Following post-race, NASCAR executive vice president Steve O’Donnell said, “I think in the case with Matt, we were certainly disappointed with what took place tonight on the racetrack. We had a conversation with both Matt, crew chief, Joe Gibbs. Like we always do, there’s still a lot to digest from what happened tonight. We’ll do that. We’ll have some additional conversations and probably come out with something, if there is anything to discuss, on Tuesday.”

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

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