USA Today Sports is reporting that Matt Kenseth will meet with NASCAR Chairman/CEO Brian France later today, before returning from a two-race suspension imposed for wrecking leader Joey Logano at Martinsville Speedway last month.
Kenseth has been outspoken during his two-week layoff, tweeting after last week’s race at Texas Motor Speedway, “Good work @JimmieJohnson! Textbook pass for the win at the end of the race when someone is trying to take your lane. #quintessential.”
Kenseth’s “quintessential” reference stems from recent comments by France on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio’s SiriusXM Speedway, when he called Logano’s decision to spin Kenseth in the late laps at Kansas Speedway, “quintessential NASCAR.” Kenseth said those comments led him to believe that NASCAR had condoned Logano’s tactics, and that he was free to retaliate in kind.
“I felt like I was almost encouraged,” said Kenseth to the Associate Press. “I felt like the comments almost condoned it, the way Brian France said Joey was smart in the way he strategically eliminated a threat for the title. I just never dreamed, ever, that I’d get suspended for going back and evening the score.”
France and Kenseth will reportedly discuss the sanctioning body’s stance concerning on-track contact when they meet today. Sources say France is also anxious to ensure that a recurrence of hostilities between Kenseth and Logano not impact Sunday’s championship race at Homestead Miami Speedway.