FORT WORTH, Tex. –There’s a history of gamesmanship in the Chase, whether it was Denny Hamlin caught in a crossfire between Kevin Harvick and Jimmie Johnson in 2010 or Tony Stewart trying to get under Carl Edwards’ skin in 2011.
Though Johnson and Matt Kenseth are tied for the series lead with three races left in the Chase, don’t expect Kenseth to try to get an edge on the five-time champion this year with anything other than speed on the race track — even if Johnson resorts to mind games.
“It might change from his end if we’re still in it all the way to the end, but I’m just not really into all the head games,” Kenseth said Friday before opening NASCAR Sprint Cup practice at Texas. “I’m not smart enough to be in the head games and insults and some of the stuff we’ve seen happen over the last few years. My brain is over capacity already with trying to figure out how to make my race car fast enough to be the best.
“They always say, if you want to be the man, you have to beat the man and he (Johnson) has always definitely been the man. (I’m) really just trying to concentrate on that and trying to figure out how to make our car fast enough to go out and be able to compete with not only him, but the rest of the field each and every week.”