Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Joey Logano Emerges from Late-Race Skirmish with Matt Kenseth to Post Second Straight Win

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Joey Logano Emerges from Late-Race Skirmish with Matt Kenseth to Post Second Straight Win

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Joey Logano doesn't think he did anything wrong in the final stages of Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Hollywood Casino 400, while Matt Kenseth felt like the driver of the No. 22 was completely in the wrong.

But the bottom line is that Kenseth left Kansas Speedway a frustrated driver for the second straight day despite leading 301 laps on the weekend, while Logano won for the second straight week in the Contender Round to continue to establish himself as arguably the driver to beat in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship.

Kenseth, who led 148 laps in Saturday's Xfinity Series race before finishing second to Kyle Busch, led a race-high 153 laps on Sunday and looked like he might be on his way to a spot in the Eliminator Round.

But with five laps remaining and Kenseth trying to hold off Logano going into turn one, Logano made contact with the back of the No. 20, spinning Kenseth out.

Logano, who led 42 laps, went on to win the Kansas fall race for the second straight year by 0.491 of a second over Denny Hamlin while Kenseth finished 14th and now faces what is most likely a must- win situation heading into next week's race at Talladega.

"It was just hard racing," said Logano, who now leads the Chase by 13 points over Hamlin. "He raced me really hard. I raced him the same way he raced me.

"We were racing each other really hard and I got in the fence twice on the straightaways. He raced me hard and I raced him hard back. That's the way I race. If I get raced like that, I'll race the same way. That's how I've always been and it will always be that way. I got in the fence twice so I wasn't gonna put up with it."

Obviously, Kenseth, who is now 35 points behind Martin Truex Jr. for the eighth and final transfer point going into Talladega, had a different opinion.

"It's hard to drive a car with the rear tires off the ground," Kenseth said. …

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