The Matt Kenseth-Joey Logano feud continued Sunday as the two drivers crashed hard in the final laps of the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 Chase race at Martinsville Speedway.
Kenseth, who was running 10 laps down, ran into Logano, the race leader, and pushed Logano hard into the outside wall.
Kenseth turned up the track and hit Logano, who had won three straight races and had the day’s fastest car.
Logano called Kenseth’s move “chicken” and a “coward’s move”. Kenseth said his car had a mechanical problem.
Two weeks earlier, Logano turned Kenseth for the win with five laps remaining at Kansas Speedway, a move that eventually kept Kenseth from advancing to the third round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
“What happened at Kansas was a completely different deal,” Logano said. “We were racing for the win, and he blocks you a few times, and we raced hard, and he blocked me and spun out. That’s what happened there. Here, he was a complete coward. … It’s a chicken-you-know-what move to completely take out the leader when your race is over. … He’ll have his.”
Kenseth said he didn’t turned Logano intentionally.
“The right front was dragging down there and probably should’ve went to the garage area and went into the corner there and, man, couldn’t get it to turn and collected him,” Kenseth said. “I know it’s got to be disappointing for him, you know? It’s a tough sport. Some days you’re the bat, and some days you’re the ball. I was the ball a few weeks ago, and I was the ball again today, so that part is never fun.”
NASCAR executive vice president Steve O’Donnell said after the race that he was disappointed in Kenseth’s actions.
“There’s still a lot to digest from what happened tonight,” O’Donnell said. “We’ll do that and have some additional conversations. … What was disappointing today was in the incident, [it was] a driver not competing for a win [and] was in fact many laps down when that happened. In our minds, that’s a little bit different than two drivers really going after it coming out of turn four for a win.”