Matt Kenseth says Joey Logano is ‘lying,’ should’ve ‘stopped running his mouth’
It is safe to say Matt Kenseth is not over his late-race incident with Joey Logano last weekend at Kansas Speedway.
The two drivers were battling hard for the race lead when Logano made contact with the left rear of Kenseth’s car entering the first turn, sending the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota spinning and out of contention for the win.
When asked Friday if he had discussed the incident with Logano this week, Kenseth’s short answer was simple, “No. Um, no. Yeah, I haven’t heard from him.”
After going on to win last week’s race at Kansas, Logano described the incident as "hard racing" and said he was racing Kenseth the way he himself was being raced. But Kenseth certainly didn’t see it that way — and obviously still doesn’t.
“First of all, he should have stopped running his mouth, ‘A,’ and No. 2, he’s lying when he said didn’t do it on purpose,” Kenseth said. “He’s too good of a race-car driver to do that by accident.”
First of all, he should have stopped running his mouth, ‘A,’ and, number two, he’s lying when he said didn’t do it on purpose.
Prior to climbing in his car for Friday’s final practice at Talladega, Logano told FOXSports.com he stands behind his comments from last week.
“I’ve had time to look at it, and truly I stay true to how I feel,” Logano said. “I don’t think either one of us is sorry about how it happened. We were both racing hard. He was doing what he had to do. I don’t blame him. I don’t look bad at him for blocking. If I was in his shoes, I’d probably do the same thing. If he was in my shoes, he’d probably do the same thing as well.”
As for Kenseth’s comments about him lying about the contact, Logano again reinforced that in his mind it was not intentional.
It’s unfortunate, but I think it’s just a racing thing. What am I supposed to say?
“Obviously I’m not trying to dump him. I don’t want a controversial finish,” Logano said. "Why would I want to do that right now in this point of the season? At some point I had to try a different lane and went to the bottom. Even the third time, where am I supposed to go? What am I supposed to do? It’s not the way I wanted it to work. I didn’t want it to happen. It’s unfortunate, but I think it’s just a racing thing. What am I supposed to say?”
While he was doing all he could to keep Logano behind him, Kenseth said he did not force the No. 22 Ford into the wall, as Logano claimed, and he would drive exactly the same if he had to do all over again.
“I wouldn’t have done anything differently because I didn’t do anything wrong. I did everything I was supposed to do,” Kenseth said. “He drove the car in the wall himself twice . . . I did everything I could to win the race. That’s the way I’d race to win any race is to race hard as you can and do whatever you can, be clean about it and go as fast as I could go and that’s all I was doing.
“I got hit from behind,” he said. “I couldn’t do anything about that. I couldn’t change that.”
As a result of the late-race spin, Kenseth went from potentially punching his ticket to the Eliminator Round of the Chase to dropping to 12th in the standings, 35 points behind the eighth-place cutoff heading into Sunday’s race.
VIDEO: Matt Kenseth talks about his disappointment after the Kansas race