Danica Patrick just provided some interesting information. She said she was “still happy” because of Matt Kenseth who crashed Joey Logano at Martinsville Speedway during the 2015 Cup Series season.
The former trophy chain driver made a revelation during October 19 episode of “Pretty Intense Podcast”. I spoke to Denny Hamlin about a variety of topics, including the different people who have broken each other in the past. This led to Patrick making some comments about the pivotal race on November 1, 2015.
“For those who don’t know, Matt Kenseth was directed by Joey Logano,” Patrick said. “And he needed to get to Chase with the win, and he was in the lead. [Logano] Took it outside and then the following weekend in Martinsville, nothing happened during that [Kenseth] There he was, higher in the top three mix, the top five.
“But once he was on a lap, he waited and got back on the track. And when the green flag fell at the end of the race, he dumped Joey. And I, for example, am happy about it because Joey Jacka** is on the track. It’s also someone else who doesn’t love it “.
The accident occurred after a previous wreck
The 2015 season featured several rounds of NASCAR drivers. One of the most notorious events happened at Kansas Speedway in October 2015. Lugano called the back of Kenseth’s #20 and sent it sideways, triggering the warning.
Lugano went on to win while Kenseth finished 14th. Two weeks later, he purposely sent Kenseth Logano to the wall in Martinsville, knocking him out of the competition for the fourth championship and opening the door for Jeff Gordon to score his final win.
NASCAR responded to the accident in Martinsville by standing up for Kenseth. The Punishment Authority also suspended him for two races. He missed trips to Texas Motor Speedway and Phoenix Raceway, as well as the fourth championship, but returned for the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Hamlin had his own comments about Lugano
Patrick made it clear that she’s not a fan of Lugano because of the way he’s raced in the past, which has included some shipwrecks. She described him as a punk while comparing Penske’s driver Hamlin to other competitors who showed aggressiveness.
“It’s tough because Joey is in that spectrum I’m talking about,” Hamlin said, pointing to the list of aggressive drivers. “He’s all the way at the full end, isn’t he? He’s very aggressive, and it’s been a success for him, but in the end, sometimes you care about friends, sometimes you don’t.
“Not only that, but I feel like, by then, Kenseth had had enough,” Hamlin continued. “I am destroying you,” he said. “I am making sure not to make another angle.”
Hamlin, who had his own post-race battle with Lugano in 2019, compared the plane wreckage of Lugano and Kenseth to a different scenario in which he and Ross Chastain were involved. He explained that NASCAR suspended Kenseth because he was not in the lead lap. He deliberately waited to destroy Lugano.
Hamlin said an incident with Chastain at Pocono Raceway was different. He and the Trackhouse Racing driver were vying for the lead. Hamlin was able to move Chastain against a wall without actually throwing him, causing Driver #1 to self-destruct after refusing to lift.
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