Kenseth Caught In Controversy

Matt Kenseth considers himself lucky that his pit road altercation last week in Martinsville didn't turn out worse.

"First of all, I’m not the biggest guy in the world and I was glad I didn’t get my butt kicked," said Kenseth of the pulled back punch Edwards nearly tossed in his direction. "So that was the first thing. After watching it I was glad he pulled back."

But then Kenseth turned serious on the situation that has become the topic of conversation within the NASCAR world this week.

"But it’s disappointing," he continued. "It’s disappointing for your sponsors—for his sponsors it’s disappointing. I imagine by the time Monday or Tuesday rolled around it was probably embarrassing to him too. I know he’s tougher than me. In my opinion everybody is different. There are macho people and there aren’t, but I don’t think fighting is ever a way to solve a problem anyway."

Edwards issued a semi-apology this week but included comments about what he perceices to be a morale problem with the entire Roush operation and not just an issue he has with Kenseth.

But Kenseth sees things in a much different light.

"I think everything on the team is great," Kenseth said. "Honestly, I know there were some comments about team spirit and that kind of stuff, but I think that right now, honestly, just besides the two of us for whatever reason, I think team morale is maybe not at an all-time high, but it’s pretty darn high."

In Kenseth's eyes, the problem is the relationship he has with Edwards, or more precisely the one the two don't share.

“I don’t hang out with him that much to really know that, but I guess I was a little surprised to see what I saw there," Kenseth said when asked about the aggressive personality Edwards has now been known to display. "But yet that’s a side I see of him every once in a while or that maybe some people see that other people don’t, so I guess that’s probably all everybody meant. I mean, that’s kind of opposite as he looks in interviews. I think that’s probably what they meant."

So Kenseth will do his best to put the controversy to rest and go about the business of driving a racecar.

"Obviously it was kind of ugly, but it gave you guys something to talk about all week, so that part was good," he said. "Everybody was sick of talking about Jimmie and Jeff driving away, leading the points thing, so this kind of spiced everything up a little."

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