NASCAR warns drivers: Kenseth’s Martinsville wreck of Logano ‘crossed the line’

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FORT WORTH, Texas — NASCAR drivers were warned again about the line between hard racing and foul play before Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Matt Kenseth was suspended Tuesday for Texas and next week’s race at Phoenix International Raceway after intentionally crashing leader Joey Logano with 45 laps remaining in last week’s race at Martinsville Speedway. The penalty was upheld on appeal.

NASCAR chief racing development officer and executive vice president Steve O’Donnell addressed the incident in Sunday’s morning’s weekly prerace meeting of drivers and crew chiefs.

“I want to take a minute just to remind everybody that everyone at NASCAR expects and encourages hard racing, and that’s not going to change,” O’Donnell said. “Where we will react is when we see something that goes out of bounds of hard racing.

“What happened in Martinsville crossed the line, and we reacted. So I think we expect, and certainly our fans expect, everybody to go out today with good hard racing. So I’d ask everybody to go out and put on a great race and let’s showcase what NASCAR is all about.”