Kenseth: Logano didn’t race for win ‘the way a man should’

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Joe Gibbs, the man who brought Joey Logano to the Sprint Cup Series, hoped he could be the driver to replace Tony Stewart there and later cast Logano off when Matt Kenseth became available and sponsorship couldn’t be found for Logano, pursed his lips as he pondered Logano spinning Kenseth out of the lead late in Sunday’s race at Kansas Speedway.

“I’ve got no comment other than everybody saw what happened,’’ said Gibbs, a God-fearing man prone to find the positive in nearly every situation.

Kenseth, whose emotion rarely is seen – except seemingly with Team Penske drivers – was direct when asked if he felt Logano intentionally wrecked him out of the lead on Lap 263 of the 269-lap race, which was extended by a green-white-checkered finish.

“Absolutely, 100 percent,’’ Kenseth said without hesitation.

Logano said he didn’t intentionally turn Kenseth.

“It’s hard racing,’’ Logano said. “With 15 to go, I … had to lift and not wreck both us. I got put in the same situation in the frontstretch. We both went for the same piece of real estate. We ran each other hard. He ran me hard, and I ran him hard back. It’s unfortunate things happen.’’

Kenseth needed this win. He finished 42nd last weekend at Charlotte, putting him in a situation where he likely won’t advance to the third round and continue his title quest based on points alone.

With his title hopes thinning, Kenseth stood next to his car on pit road as Logano celebrated in victory lane. The last time Kenseth had a run-in with a Penske driver in this round of the Chase was with Brad Keselowski last year at Charlotte, leading to Kenseth putting Keselowski in a headlock between haulers in the garage.

A calm Kenseth was asked what he would say to Logano about Sunday’s incident when they talked.

“I won’t talk to Joey,’’ Kenseth said. “I don’t have anything to talk to him about. You make decisions every day. You make decisions every minute behind the wheel. To me, strategically, that doesn’t seem like a great decision for him. But it’s the one he made and that’s how he wanted to win. I’m one of the only guys that I think hadn’t been in it with Joey, and I’ve always raced him with a ton of respect.’’

Logano said wasn’t going to lift after being blocked by Kenseth earlier.

“He just plain wrecked me,’’ Kenseth said. “He cries on his radio a lot, I guess, about blocking or moving around, but I mean, man you’re leading the race, you can pick whatever lane you want. It’s not like he was alongside of me. To wreck somebody for being in a lane that you wanted to be in seems to be kind of risky and not very smart. That was the decision he made.

“The race track is 80 or 100 feet wide down there and I was in front of him. He just chose to spin me out because he wanted to be in the top groove instead of going left and trying to race me for the win the way a man should do it really.”

 

Justin Allgaier wins pole for Charlotte Xfinity race

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CONCORD, N.C. — Justin Allgaier won the pole for the Xfinity Series’ Hisense 4K TV 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

With a speed of 182.488 mph, Allgaier earned his fifth Xfinity pole and his first since the March 2013 race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Allgaier is joined on the front row by Austin Dillon (181.519).

The top five is completed by Ryan Blaney (181.378), Daniel Hemric (181.324) and Kevin Harvick (181.245).

Christopher Bell will start seventh in his first Xfinity race.

Brad Keselowski and Dakoda Armstrong will start from the rear after not passing inspection in time to qualify.

Click here for full qualifying results.

Ryan Blaney leads second Coke 600 practice

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CONCORD, N.C. — Ryan Blaney posted the top speed in the second practice session for the Coca-Cola 600.

Blaney’s No. 21 Ford produced a speed of 188.055 mph Saturday morning around Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The top five was filled out by Erik Jones (187.598 mph), Martin Truex Jr. (187.084), Daniel Suarez (186.838) and Trevor Bayne (186.239).

Pole-sitter Kevin Harvick was ninth fastest at 185.567 mph. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was 14th quickest at 185.141 mph.

Kyle Bush recorded the most laps in the session with 48.

Click here for the full practice report.

Eight teams lose 15 minutes of Coke 600 practice for failing pre-qualifying inspection

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CONCORD, N.C. — Eight Cup teams will be held 15 minutes during Coca-Cola 600 practice today for failing pre-qualifying inspection on Thursday

Drivers include Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Paul Menard, David Ragan, Kurt Busch, Kyle Larson, Corey LaJoie and Chris Buescher.

Buescher’s team also loses pit selection for Sunday’s race due to failing pre-qualifying inspection three ties.

Larson and LaJoie’s loss of practice time comes on top of them not making qualifying runs on Thursday after neither of their cars passed inspection in time.

 

NASCAR America: How much risk should drivers take in the Coca-Cola 600?

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As in many things in life, whether something is worth doing comes down to risk vs. reward.

Such will be the case in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. How much are drivers willing to risk? Will that risk be worth reward, particularly with the additional stage to the race?

On Friday’s NASCAR America, Parker Kligerman jumped into the iRacing simulator and showed the greatest strategies to employ in Sunday’s race, especially with the traction compound up top.

Check out the above video.