Matt Kenseth wins seventh Slinger Nationals title
Matt Kenseth knocked Erik Jones out of the way on the final restart to win his seventh Slinger Nationals title Tuesday night at Slinger Speedway.
“My move wasn’t a very good one,’' Kenseth told The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “It was definitely uncalled for. I hit him way too hard. I didn’t want to make any contact to start with, but I felt like he moved me three or four times before that. I felt like that was probably going to be the etiquette. It was definitely way too extreme, way too hard. I was just trying to move him up off the bottom a little bit and overshot it a bit.”
Jones finished second.
Jones had a final shot at Kenseth when caution came out before the white flag, creating a two-lap shootout. Jones got underneath Kenseth in Turn 2 to take the lead before they made contact on the final lap.
“We raced into 1 and 2, I moved him up ... and after that ... we just about got dumped in 1 and 2 — I don’t know what that’s all about — the next time by,” Jones told the Journal Sentinel.
“That’s not really short-track racing in my book. We were the best cars here, with Matt, and I thought we were a little better, but it got away at the end.”
The newspaper reported that the two Joe Gibbs Racing drivers talked afterward.