With less than five laps left in the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway, Joey Logano wasn’t going to let anything get in his way from taking the checkered flag.
The driver of the No. 22 Team Penske Ford spun race leader Matt Kenseth in Turn 1 and went on to win the race after a green-white-checkered-flag restart that sent the race two laps past its scheduled distance of 267 laps.
“It was really cut and dry,” Kenseth said, via NASCAR.com. “He (Logano) picked my rear tires off the ground and wrecked me, so there’s no debate about that one… He was a little bit tighter on that short run than I was, and I couldn’t get away from him.
“All day we had him pretty good. I still thought I was going to be able to stay in front of him and saw those lapped cars coming and tried getting a couple runs off the top there and I was plenty clear, got up in front of him and he just decided to take us out.”
Logano said he and Kenseth was racing aggressive.
“It was good, hard racing,” Logano said. “We were racing each other really hard, and I got in the fence twice on the straightaways. He raced me hard, and I raced him hard back. That’s the way I race. If I get raced like that, I’ll race the same way.
“That’s how I’ve always been, and it will always be that way. I really couldn’t be more proud of this team. To be sitting in such a great position going into Talladega makes us feel really, really good.”
Logano has now won back-to-back races at Charlotte and Kansas in the Contender Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
Logano finished .491 seconds ahead of runner-up Denny Hamlin, who held off Jimmie Johnson to take the second spot. Johnson ran third, followed by Kasey Kahne and Kyle Busch.
Kenseth said he had no plans to discuss the incident with Logano.
“I’m really disappointed,” Kenseth said. “I’ve probably been one of his biggest supporters. It was an awkward thing, obviously, taking his ride, and I was excited for him when he started winning at Penske and when he got that ride and even found him today and congratulated him about racing against each other for a championship.
“I was very disappointed that he would do that… Yeah, I was running the lane he wanted to run in, but, my goodness, isn’t this racing? Strategically, I don’t think it wasn’t the smartest move on his part. He’ll probably sleep good tonight — I hope he enjoys that one. It’s not what I would have done, but he had a decision to make and that’s the one he made.”