TALLADEGA, Ala. – The feud between Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano simmered again Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway.
Fox Sports caught an exchange between the rival drivers outside the track’s infield medical care center after both were involved in a late accident during the Geico 500. Kenseth seemed to initiate the interaction after exiting the track hospital and paused to get the attention of Logano, who was leaning against a barrier waiting for an interview to begin.
Logano smiled and shook his head as the brief conversation ended with some finger-pointing by Kenseth, who had blamed Logano for forcing him off the track and putting him in position to be involved in a 12-car wreck that started with contact between Danica Patrick and Michael McDowell. Kenseth’s car went airborne in the crash.
“The first thing that happened is (Logano) ran me off the racetrack, and that got us way behind,” he said. “I thought we were done with that, but maybe we aren’t.”
“So he ran me off the track, and honestly, I was just going straight here and just got ran into and then I was just hanging on.”
Kenseth said he was trying to make a pass when Logano forced him onto the apron.
“(I) lost four or five spots and then got us back there where we didn’t want to be,” he said.
Kenseth had climbed into the top 10 before the wreck, which sent his No. 20 Toyota tumbling on the backstretch before landing on its wheels.
He finished 23rd, which actually was two spots better than Logano, whose No. 22 Ford also was involved in the wreck.
Asked what Kenseth said, Logano replied, “Not much. It’s unfortunate. We had a pretty decent car.”
Told it seemed Kenseth was upset, Logano responded, “OK. He can get in line with the rest of them.”
The circuit heads next week to Kansas Speedway, where the feud began last October when Logano spun Kenseth while racing for the lead in the closing laps. At Martinsville Speedway three weeks later, Kenseth intentionally wrecked Logano while he was nine laps down and earned a two-race suspension from NASCAR.