Fans erupted in cheers for Matt Kenseth on Sunday after the driver of the No. 20 Dollar General Toyota Camry took out race leader Joey Logano.
Kenseth’s actions were payback for Logano following an incident at Kansas Speedway when the 2003 Sprint Cup Series champion was wrecked while leading. Kenseth was denied the win that day and subsequently knocked out of champion contention.
The cars of Logano and Kenseth were strong all day. Things went away for Kenseth within the final 100 laps when Logano and teammate Brad Keselowski were attempting to let each other in on a restart. Instead of Keselowski getting down on the track he made contact with Kenseth damaging both of their cars and Kurt Busch’s in the process.
After repairs Kenseth returned to the track running with a damaged car. As Logano approached him, he did not yield in the turn and the results were Logano being knocked out of the race. The crowd cheered for Kenseth to the likes of Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Speaking after the wreck Logano said he was surprised and said today’s incident was not like the one at Kansas. He said Kenseth was “a complete coward” and called it a “chicken” move to take him out.
After being released from the in field care center Kenseth denied any wrong doing saying damage to his car had resulted in a right front tire going down but offered Logano “sometimes your the bat, sometimes your the ball.”
Kenseth, Jay Ratliff and Joe Gibbs have all been called to the NASCAR hauler after the race.