Matt Kenseth dealt with having to work his way though the field a week ago at Charlotte only to see his late pit strategy which put him near the front of the field foiled by Brad Keselowski.
“Last week it was bad enough to run bad all night and to be frustrated; then get two tires and get toward the front (near the end of the race) — Brad clearly saw me roll outside of him and he hung a right on purpose and he ran me right into the wall, ruined my night and possibly took us out of Chase contention,” Kenseth said Friday at Talladega Superspeedway. “So I was mad enough about that. To come down afterward and have your (safety equipment) off and your net down and come and pull those high school stunts … after the race is just absolutely unacceptable.”
After the race Keselowski and Denny Hamlin made contact with one another on the cool down lap. When Keselowski entered pit road he made contact with Kenseth’s car as well as the one driven by Tony Stewart.
“That definitely put me over the edge. I don’t regret my actions; I’m not proud of them or happy about them or anything like that. … But I don’t regret them. I don’t know that I’d do anything different if the same thing would have gone down again.”
After the race Hamlin attempted to confront Keselowski in the garage. Keselowski would get away from Hamlin but was soon approached by Kenseth.
“I just wanted to get to him, I guess,” Kenseth said. “Not sure what I wanted to do when I got there. It was obvious I didn’t really have a plan, right?
“You never want to get into confrontations, at least I don’t. I like to avoid them. I’m definitely not built for fighting; it’s not really in my genes, it’s not something I ever really want to do.”
Entering the Geico 500 at Talladega Kenseth finds himself one point out of a transfer spot to the third round.