Joey Logano slaims 'coward' Kenseth after Martinsville NASCAR clash

Penske driver Joey Logano branded Matt Kenseth a "complete coward" following their clash during the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville

Joey Logano slaims 'coward' Kenseth after Martinsville NASCAR clash

Logano had won the previous three races and was at the head of the field with team-mate Brad Keselowski and Kenseth.

RACE REPORT: Gordon wins incident-packed race

The latter duo clashed at a restart, and Kenseth continued to circulate until collecting Logano while being lapped.

Logano and Kenseth came together at Kansas a fortnight ago, with Logano taking a controversial win.

"I think what happened in Kansas was a completely different deal," Logano said.

"We were racing for the win, and he blocks you a few times, we raced hard and he blocked me the last time and we spun out.

"Here was just a complete coward move, especially for a championship race car driver and race team.

"Complete coward. I don't have anything else to say, it was a chicken-you-know-what move to completely take out the leader when your race is over."

Kenseth said the contact with Logano was a result of a flat front-right tyre from the Keselowski brush.

"They were jacking up the restart real bad to let each other in as team-mates," he said.

"I was going to try to race Joey for the win, but Brad wiped me out for some reason.

"We had so much damage on the right front, I probably should have put it in the garage, I got into [Turn] 1, couldn't get it to turn and ran Joey over.

"Sometimes you're the bat, sometimes you're the ball, it's never fun when you're the ball."

Kenseth maintained he had to stand his ground against the Penske pair.

"Sometimes you get put in these spots and you've got to try to keep respect in the garage area," he said.

"You can't get yourself run over, you can't get into the Chase next year and be run over for the same reason."

BUSCH SLAMS CONSISTENCY

Jamie McMurray, who finished second, compared Kenseth with drivers such as "Terry Labonte, Ricky Rudd, those are guys you just did not mess with because you knew they would retaliate".

One spot behind McMurray in the race - one of Kenseth's Joe Gibbs Racing's team-mates - Kyle Busch expressed frustration at the consistency of NASCAR's penalties.

"Did he do anything wrong? I don't know. Did he do anything right? I don't know," he said.

"I think it all depends on whose name's above the door on whether or not you're allowed to do it.

"It's boys being boys right now. You got to be consistent.

"I definitely feel NASCAR is very consistent in being inconsistent on calls. I think it's BS."

shares
comments
Jeff Gordon wins incident-packed NASCAR Martinsville race

Previous article

Jeff Gordon wins incident-packed NASCAR Martinsville race

Next article

Jeff Gordon heading for 'incredible finish" to NASCAR career

Jeff Gordon heading for 'incredible finish" to NASCAR career
Load comments
How NASCAR is gearing up for its "biggest change" in 2022 Plus

How NASCAR is gearing up for its "biggest change" in 2022

It’s not just Formula 1 that’s set for upheaval in 2022, as the NASCAR Cup Series adopts its Next Gen cars that will cast any in-built advantages aside and require teams to adopt a totally new way of operating. Far more than just a change of machinery, the new cars amount to a shift in NASCAR's core philosophy

NASCAR
Oct 12, 2021
Why Bubba Wallace’s Talladega win is such a big moment for NASCAR Plus

Why Bubba Wallace’s Talladega win is such a big moment for NASCAR

Bubba Wallace claimed his maiden NASCAR Cup Series at Talladega on Monday to become the first Black victor in the category since Wendell Scott in 1963. Both Wallace and Scott had faced obstacles and racism in their paths to their breakthrough wins, and NASCAR is trying to put it right with its range of diversity programmes

NASCAR
Oct 5, 2021
Why NASCAR's most resilient driver has landed on his feet at 23XI Plus

Why NASCAR's most resilient driver has landed on his feet at 23XI

In a career that has had many ups and downs, Kurt Busch has been written off many times before. But facing career uncertainty after the sale of Chip Ganassi's NASCAR team, the 2004 Cup champion has found a new berth at Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan's 23XI organisation - which underlines his enduring value

NASCAR
Aug 31, 2021
The F1 nearly-man winding back the clock in NASCAR’s European cousin Plus

The F1 nearly-man winding back the clock in NASCAR’s European cousin

A multiple F3000 race winner, Marc Goossens was on the precipice of making Formula 1 in the 1990s - but a lack of budget left him without a path to the promised land. Turning to an illustrious racing career in sportscars, Goossens left the endurance circuit to try his hand at racing stock cars - and now calls the NASCAR Euro Series home

NASCAR
Jul 1, 2021
Why a British prospect is trying to make it in NASCAR Plus

Why a British prospect is trying to make it in NASCAR

There has never been a full-time British driver in the NASCAR Cup. But Alex Sedgwick, who is rising through the stock car ranks, wants that to change and could be a trailblazer for European talents to reach the top echelons of the NASCAR ladder

NASCAR
Feb 28, 2021
How Earnhardt’s death changed American motorsport Plus

How Earnhardt’s death changed American motorsport

It's 20 years since legendary driver Dale Earnhardt Sr died at the Daytona 500, but the legacy of his crash continues today through the pioneering safety work done by NASCAR

NASCAR
Feb 18, 2021
The NASCAR subplots to keep an eye on in 2021 Plus

The NASCAR subplots to keep an eye on in 2021

This weekend's Daytona 500 kickstarts a NASCAR Cup season that promises plenty of intrigue courtesy of new owners and a refreshed calendar. Here's what you need to know ahead of the new season

NASCAR
Feb 12, 2021
How a second-chance NASCAR ace is rebuilding his career Plus

How a second-chance NASCAR ace is rebuilding his career

From a disgraced NASCAR exile, Kyle Larson has been given a shot at redemption by the powerhouse Hendrick Motorsports squad. Replacing seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson is no easy billing, but Larson has every intention of repaying the team's faith

NASCAR
Feb 11, 2021