Logano, Kenseth Focused On Future

NASCAR

"I’m sure this over time will kind of go away and we’ll be able to focus on the season."

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Neither Joey Logano or Matt Kenseth are dwelling on their controversial incident last season as they prepare for 2016.

Both drivers made it very clear during this week’s Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Tour that they are putting the fireworks and controversy of last season in the rear view mirror and focusing on the coming campaign.

"NASCAR got us together at Homestead and we talked a little bit, but really didn't speak about any of this kind of stuff," Kenseth said about the aftermath of what happened last fall at Kansas and then Martinsville between the two. "We spoke briefly in Vegas a couple times.

"Honestly, I'd never had a problem with Joey before that. We've always raced well together and I've always had a lot of respect for him and felt like he raced me clean before all this stuff went down. Maybe it's best to put it down and go back to racing each other the way we used to race each other."

The trouble between the two started at Kansas where Kenseth felt Logano intentionally wrecked him to win the race. Things boiled over at Martinsville after Kenseth intentionally wrecked Logano, who was leading the race, and was subsequently suspended for two races by NASCAR.

Like Kenseth, Logano also is ready to stop talking about the past and rather focus squarely on the future.

“We had a discussion at Homestead with NASCAR,” Logano said Wednesday during the Media Tour. “I got everything off my chest that I needed to say, and hopefully Matt did, as well.

“As a driver, you keep your goals in mind. My goal as a race car driver is to win every race I’m in. That’s what I keep as priority No. 1. Each person has their own way of handling it. Every situation requires something different. I’m sure this over time will kind of go away and we’ll be able to focus on the season.”

However, just because the two combatants appear ready to put the situation behind, Kenseth isn’t so sure fans want that to happen.

“Race fans like that kind of stuff; they really do,” Kenseth. “I don’t particularly like it, but race fans like to watch it. You wreck me, you get wrecked back. It’s the way it’s always been. Race fans like to see some of that action.”

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