Kenseth suspended: Matt Kenseth Suspension

Published: November 5, 2015

Kenseth suspended: Matt Kenseth Suspension, The day after NASCAR suspended Matt Kenseth for wrecking Joey Logano at Martinsville, Logano approved the decision.

Stock-car racing officials made the right call, Logano said in a radio interview, because they “needed to regain control of our sport.”

Logano’s comments were made to Tony DiZinno of NBC Sports’ NASCAR Talk at a Las Vegas event.

Kenseth wrecked Logano late in Sunday’s race at Martinsville. At the time, Logano was leading and appeared headed for a fourth consecutive victory. This one would have assured him of being one of four drivers vying for the Chase for the Sprint Cup title at the championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Neither driver finished the race.

On Tuesday, NASCAR banned Kenseth for two races. It was a strong reaction, one that appeared contrary the organization’s precedent. Kenseth was no longer a Chase contender, and his actions were seen as payback for an incident two weeks early when Logano won by spinning out Kenseth at Kansas.

“Obviously, they put their foot down,” Logano told DiZinno, referring to NASCAR. “I feel like it’s a good thing. They needed to regain control of our sport. I feel like it’s a good direction and the right thing to do.”

Other comments from Logano, via NBC Sports:

– In response to Kenseth teammate Denny Hamlin’s complaint of NASCAR’s harsh penalty in terms of a driver code:

“I don’t think there’s an actual code. I think everyone’s driver code is different. No one has ever sat down with anyone and said this is the code. I think everyone uses common sense, and that’s what the driver code is.”

– On the Logano-Kenseth contact at Kansas:

“If I look at Kansas, it’s a racing thing. If I look at the way we were racing each other, he threw some blocks, I understand that. The third one, I was on the inside, I didn’t back out. There’s really not much for me to say to him after that.

“That was kind of what happened. And he knows what happened. He’s a smart enough racecar driver to know what happened. Whatever happened at Martinsville was, apparently to NASCAR, unacceptable.”

At Martinsville, Kenseth was 10 laps down with 45 to go. At Kansas, the drivers were vying for the lead.

– On comments from Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon that Logano had hurt his image:

“This is a test of your character and a test of your faith. You need to stay true to your character in these types of situations and the type of person you are. It’s an amazing opportunity is the way I look at it. We have an opportunity right now to win a championship.

“Our minds are focused on doing that. We can be the great team we know we are. This isn’t going to shut us down. We’re way stronger than that. I’m excited to get to Texas. I’m excited to get back on the track and give it our best shot.”

Kenseth and Joe Gibbs Racing have an appeal hearing on Thursday. Logano stands last in the eight-driver Eliminator Round competition and likely must win one of the two remaining races to make the final four at Miami-Homestead.

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