Mike Hembree, Special for USA TODAY Sports7:30 p.m. EDT October 18, 2015
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KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A look at all the results and action from Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway:
Joey Logano won a tight battle with Matt Kenseth in the closing laps of Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400, pushing Kenseth into a slide and driving on to victory at Kansas Speedway.
With four laps to go, Kenseth and Logano were racing for the lead. As they approached slower lapped traffic, Kenseth tried to block Logano, but Logano tapped his car in the left rear, sending Kenseth into a slide and bringing out the caution flag.
Logano stayed in front the rest of the way, holding off Denny Hamlin who started next to him on the front row for the green-white-checkered finish. Logano won the previous week at Charlotte to earn a spot in the third round. His late-race pass Sunday denied Kenseth the win and a place in the next round.
"It's just good hard racing," Logano said of his battle with Kenseth. "He raced me hard, so I raced him hard back. ...
The fact that we're the only team that can relax now (with Talladega looming) is going to pay big dividends going into Martinsville. To make a lot of these guys nervous going into Talladega is part of the strategy."
Kenseth saw the incident differently.
"I pulled up in front of him (to block Logano on the high line of the track), and he lifted my tires off the ground and wrecked me," Kenseth said from pit road. "I won't talk to Joey. I don't have anything to talk to him about really. I mean, you make decisions every minute behind the wheel. To me, strategically, that doesn't seem like such a great decision for him. But that's how they wanted to win. ... I'm one of the only guys that hasn't been into it yet with Joey. I always raced him with a ton of respect. I actually have been one of his biggest fans. I'm not anymore."
Kenseth now is mired in 12th - the last spot of the remaining Chase drivers and in a must-win situation at Talladega if he wants to advance.