By AMANDA VINCENT
Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway will mark the end of Matt Kenseth’s two-race NASCAR suspension stemming from his beef with Joey Logano that included an incident at Kansas Speedway and culminated in Kenseth intentionally wrecking then-race leader Logano after going nine laps down at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway on Nov. 1. On Monday, Kenseth met with NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France, according to several published reports. The meeting was requested by France to clear the air, allegedly in responsoe to tweets from Kenseth and and interview the driver did with the Associated Press during his suspension in which Kenseth came across as unapologetic.
NASCAR spokesman told the Associated Press that France “was pleased with the dialogue,” according to a report from USA Today.
After the meeting, Kenseth (@MattKenseth) tweeted, “Glad to have all this behind me. I’m looking forward to Homestead! #team20 #jgr.”
In Kenseth’s previous interview with the AP, the driver was adamant that he did nothing wrong and wouldn’t change the way he races.
In Twitter responses to supporters, Kenseth stated that he had no regrets, and in one tweet that originated from Kenseth, he referenced a pass made by Jimmie Johnson on Logano’s Team Penske teammate Brad Keselowski for the win at Texas Motor Speedway on Nov. 8. He also referenced, the term “quintessential,” the word France used to describe Logano’s move on Kenseth that seemed to set the incident in motion at Kansas.
“Good work @JimmieJohnson! Textbook pass for the win at the end of the race when someone is trying to take your lane. #quintessential.” — @MattKenseth
Both Kenseth and Logano began NASCAR’s 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup among the 16 drivers in the Chase. Kenseth was eliminated from championship contention at the end of the second round that included the Kansas race. Logano was eliminated most recently after the Nov. 15 race at Phoenix International Raceway. That round, the third of the Chase, began with the race at Martinsville.
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