Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Joey Logano learns lessons from 2015 feud with Matt Kenseth

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Joey Logano was initially unrepentant last year as his feud with Matt Kenseth grew.

That feud ultimately cost Logano a chance at his first title.

A year later, Logano has a new perspective about the soap opera that fueled the Sprint Cup Chase for the Championship.

"I learned some valuable lessons last year," Logano said. "I learned a whole new level I didn't even know I had. Now I know how to reach that level mentally … to make things happen and be a great leader for my team."

Logano was taken out of the 2015 title race at Martinsville when Kenseth intentionally wrecked him as payback for a spat that started during the second round of the playoffs. Logano had wrecked Kenseth while fighting for the race lead at Kansas. Two weeks later Kenseth got his revenge, taking out Logano as Logano led.

"I think we're a little bit more under the radar than we were last year," Logano said. "We've just got to go out there and fight, do what we know how to do."

Trucks: Johnny Sauter earned a spot in the series' championship race by winning the Texas Roadhouse 200, at Martinsville. Sauter, who led 48 of 200 laps, held off Sprint Cup regular Chase Elliott in the closing laps.

F1: Lewis Hamilton earned the pole for today's Mexican Grand Prix in Mexico City, edging Mercedes teammate and title rival Nico Rosberg, who starts second.

NHRA: Clay Millican (Top Fuel), Jack Beckman (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Jerry Savoie (Pro Stock Motorcycle) led qualifying for today's Toyota Nationals in Las Vegas.

Joey Logano learns lessons from 2015 feud with Matt Kenseth 10/29/16 [Last modified: Saturday, October 29, 2016 9:51pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. After offseason of work hard, play hard, DeSean Jackson ready to produce for Bucs


    TAMPA — There's no telling what DeSean Jackson will do once he gets a football in his hands. Perhaps that's why a camera crew followed his every move Wednesday while the Bucs' new $30 million receiver stood on a step of the hot tub that empties into a spacious, azure pool at his new, sprawling five-bedroom home in …

    DeSean Jackson jokes around with girlfriend Kayla Phillips at their Tampa home as a crew from HBO’s Hard Knocks documents their day.
  2. Rays journal: Jake Odorizzi goes on 10-day DL with back strain

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — RHP Jake Odorizzi is hoping his struggles this season can be tied directly to the lower-back strain he has tried to pitch through since spring training. Toward that end, the Rays placed Odorizzi on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday retroactive to Tuesday.

    Rays center fielder Mallex Smith smiles after hitting a single advancing runners in the third inning. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
  3. Playoff chase heats up for Rays with key series at Yankees up first (w/ video)

    The Heater


    It was important that Evan Longoria crushed a two-run homer in the sixth inning Wednesday and Steven Souza Jr. blasted a solo shot off the farthest catwalk an inning later.

    Adeiny Hechavarria (11) and Tim Beckham (1) celebrate the double play to end the top of the sixth inning. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]
  4. Rays at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. Thursday, New York

    The Heater

    Tonight: at Yankees

    7:05, Yankee Stadium, New York

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer (22) throwing in the first inning of the game between the Texas Rangers and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Saturday, July 22, 2017.
  5. Roger Mooney's takeaways from Wednesday's Rays-Orioles game

    The Heater

    It is going to get interesting tonight when the Rays begin a four-game series against the Yankees in New York. The Rays feel they are good enough to win the East Division. These next four games and the four that follow in Houston will be a good measuring stick.