After last weekends helmet toss between Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth, there had been a lot of emphasis on how the two would react to each other at this weekends AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
When reporters initially spoke with Stewart he vowed to seek Kenseth out and wreck him any chance he got, but over the past few days he may of softened up a little saying on Tuesday, “”It’s not our intention to go seek him out.”
“I can promise you, we’ll probably go out and race each other like we always do,” he said. “When you’ve got 43 guys every week, you’re not always going to agree. You’re going to disagree at times. This isn’t new. This isn’t the first time something has happened like this, and it’s not the first time it’s happened with Matt. It’s never really lingered to the next week.
“We still both have teams capable of going out and winning the championship. We can either spend time worrying about him or worrying about trying to win the championship. I’m pretty sure he’s thinking the same way.”
Kenseth said “The best thing to do is try to get it in your rear view mirror as quick as you can, try to get whatever problem you may have with something or they have with you, try to get that resolved and move on and go racing. You don’t want to focus on being mad at somebody or somebody being mad at you because if you are, you’re taking focus away from your goal of trying to win races and try to win for a championship.”
About the helmet toss? Yeah, Kenseth thought that was kind of cool and understands why fans liked it.
“I don’t know. That stuff is always fun to watch. I hate being involved in it. I don’t like that part of it, but I always like watching it. I love watching other people’s conflicts. I mean, everybody does. It’s human nature. I think the fans loved the helmet toss. I thought that was cool, too, although I wish it wasn’t being tossed at me because it meant that he was upset with me. I don’t like that part, but I think the rest of it, I think it’s just human nature to like conflict and like controversy and action. Everybody wants to see good racing and a competitive finish, but everybody – whether people admit or not – a lot of people like to see the wrecks and see guys go over the edge and see something like that happen. I think that’s been part of the sport for a lot of years and, in general, people like the action.”