Kenseth isn’t buying Logano’s explanation of last Sunday’s wreck

TALLADEGA, AL - OCTOBER 23: Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 DeWalt Toyota, sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series CampingWorld.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 23, 2015 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
TALLADEGA, AL - OCTOBER 23:  Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 DeWalt Toyota, sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series CampingWorld.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 23, 2015 in Talladega, Alabama.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
TALLADEGA, AL – OCTOBER 23: Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 DeWalt Toyota, sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series CampingWorld.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 23, 2015 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Joey Logano’s pants may not be on fire, but his ears might be burning after Matt Kenseth accused the driver of the No. 22 Team Penske Ford of being less than forthcoming in his assessment of last Sunday’s fateful wreck at Kansas Speedway.

Logano insists he didn’t dump Kenseth on purpose with less than five laps left in the Hollywood Casino 400, a race Kenseth desperately needed to win to earn a berth in the Eliminator Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

Logano won the race. Kenseth finished 14th. And the Joe Gibbs Racing driver didn’t think much of Logano’s characterization of the decisive wreck as “hard racing.”

“Someday he might mature a little bit,” Kenseth said after Friday’s opening NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice at Talladega Superspeedway, site of Sunday’s CampingWorld.com 500 (2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN). “But, first of all, he should have stopped running his mouth…

“And number two, he’s lying when he said he didn’t do it on purpose, because he lifted (my) tires off the ground, offset to the left, and he’s too good a race car driver to do that by accident.”

For practical purposes, Kenseth is in the same position he found himself last week—needing a victory to advance to the Eliminator Round. With victories at Charlotte and Kansas, Logano already is locked into the Chase’s third round.

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