Justice delivered to Logano

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Well, it happened. Justice has been served. And Matt Kenseth played the enforcer role like we’ve never seen before in his career. It was pure old school NASCAR at its best.

Joey Logano was leading at Martinsville with 45 laps to go – on his way to his fourth consecutive win. He led a race-high 207 laps on the day. He was dominating on a track he had never won at before and beating the legends of the track like Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Denny Hamlin. Nothing could stop him, except for an error in judgment he made three weeks ago at Kansas that would haunt him on Sunday.

Kenseth was having a frustrating day and had the perfect opportunity to make a payback as Logano was lapping him. Kenseth knew he was going to pay back Logano eventually and so when the situation presented itself, he took it. “You ruined my season at Kansas when I was leading, I’m going to try and ruin yours,” is what Kenseth might have been thinking.

We all knew it was going to happen. I’ve been writing about it the past couple weeks. And when it happened, I was like, “Wow, I can’t believe what I just saw.” It was so awesome. But it absolutely stinks for Logano as he now has a big hole to dig himself out of with points. Now he likely has to win a race either this week at Texas or next week at Phoenix.

Kevin Harvick owns Phoenix so we can cross that off as a place Logano can win, which makes it almost do or die for Logano this week at Texas. The good news for Logano is Texas is definitely a place he can win at, which is why some had suggested the place to exact revenge for Kenseth would be at Texas. The plan had to be moved up a bit because Logano was going to win.

Logano won at Texas last season and has finished in the top-five there in four of his past five starts. Even more of an indication Logano should be considered the favorite this week is he’s won on the past two 1.5-mile tracks – Oct. 10 at Charlotte and Oct. 18 at Kansas. Charlotte is the most similar to Texas among the two and Logano led a race-high 227 laps in that race.

The kid has been on a roll lately. The team is dialed in with mistake free pit stops and the engine builder is doing his best work. Everything is clicking for the No. 22 team right now. They just derailed a bit. However, momentum is everything in NASCAR and we’ve seen several stages this season of dominance for weeks at a time. First it was Harvick and Johnson, then Martin Truex Jr. rolled nice, then it was Kyle Busch, then Kenseth and now it’s Logano.

Logano served his penalty. The slate is clean – I still don’t know why he’d even get anywhere close to a lapped Kenseth car at that stage of a race. Did he not think Kenseth would do it?

Anyway, Logano is the driver to beat this week and I don’t see anyone stopping him here. And he’ll have plenty of fans rooting for him because he served his time and took his lumps like a man. “Sliced bread” is all grown up now. And he’ll be better for it down the road.

Micah Roberts is a former Las Vegas race and sports book director, one of The Linemakers on SportingNews.com , and longtime motorsports columnist and sports analyst at GamingToday. Twitter: @MicahRoberts7 Email: [email protected].

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