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Kenseth Says Former Pal Joey Has Truth Issues

| Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Friday, October 23 2015
Matt Kenseth still has strong thoughts about the final laps at Kansas last weekend. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Garry Eller)

Matt Kenseth still has strong thoughts about the final laps at Kansas last weekend. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Garry Eller)

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

Matt Kenseth said Friday that his plans for Saturday night were to carve Halloween pumpkins with his family. Other things he said during his media session at Talladega Superspeedway – site of this weekend’s Sprint Cup Series race – indicated that fellow driver Joey Logano won’t chase 15 logobe invited to the pumpkin carve.

Not unless, that is, there is an opening for somebody who is into “lying” at the carving table.

The Joe Gibbs Racing driver clearly has not gotten over an incident he had with Logano with five laps to go in lasat Sunday’s Chase playoff race at Kansas Speedway.

During that incident, Kenseth was leading and perhaps heading for a victory and the berth in the third round of the playoffs that would go with it, when he was hit from behind by Team Penske’s Logano.

Kenseth’s car spun, Logano’s made the pass for the lead and the subsequent victory and for the
next hour or so, the two blamed the other for what happened.

Logano said he owed it to his team and sponsors to go for the win, even though he had already secured a berth in the third round of the playoffs, which begins next weekend. Kenseth said Logano dumped him with the purpose of keeping him his five-win car out of the third round and, hence, out of his hair for the rest of the Chase.

Kenseth said Friday that he has not heard from Logano.

But he did say he heard plenty from Logano via post-race interviews this week and that what he heard were lies.

“Some day he might mature a little bit,” Kenseth said, “but, first of all, he should have stopped running his mouth, ‘A,’ and, number two, he’s lying when he said he didn’t do it on purpose because he lifted your tires off the ground offset to the left and he’s too good a race car driver to do that by accident.”

Logano said after the Kansas race that Kenseth had blocked him repeatedly. And he said, when a slower car impedes the progress of a faster car, the slower driver had better expect consequences.

Kenseth, who now must win Sunday’s race at always tense Talladega if he is to advance in the Chase, on Friday was asked if he would have done anything different at Kansas.

“Well,” Kenseth, a five-race winner this year, said, “I wouldn’t have done anything differently because I didn’t do anything wrong. I did everything I was supposed to do. I tried to get away. He (Logano) drove the car in the wall himself twice. I don’t know how you can possibly either, ‘A,’ block someone or put somebody in the wall when they’re not up alongside you – it’s pretty talented if you can do that when somebody’s four feet behind you, so, no, 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. I couldn’t do anything about that. I couldn’t change that.”

Talladega, being a restrictor plate track on which cars are run full-throttle from, basically, start to finish, can feature racing where luck is more important than power and aero.

Kenseth, who has been fast at most tracks this year, said his chances of getting the win will depend on the kindness or rudeness of others.

“Not a lot you can do here to make your car go faster, obviously,” the Wisconsin native said. “It’s all about being in the right place and being positioned properly and not making just the right moves for yourself, but yet the moves that the rest of the cars make too and certainly being a race in the Chase everybody’s kind of on a different agenda or some people are locked in and are just going to help their teammates – there’s all kinds of different scenarios, so, yeah, just go race as hard as we can and hope for the best, so try to do the  best we can every week. We had real fast cars the last two week. Do the best we can this week and if we don’t win, we’ve got four races left this year to go try to win some more races.”

| Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Friday, October 23 2015
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  • Annie says:

    Seems matty is the one telling lies and falling short in the maturity department. Also Matty boy is the one running his mouth to anyone who will listen about his perception of his “innocence”. Matty is whining way too much for racing incident. How entitled we think we are Matt, and the Saint routine doesn’t wash.