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France, Kenseth meet in advance of Homestead

Matt Kenseth

NASCAR Chairman & CEO Brian France and Joe Gibbs Racing driver Matt Kenseth met Monday in Charlotte, North Carolina, in advance of the driver's return to the track following a two-race suspension.


France was "pleased" with the dialogue, according to a tweet from NASCAR Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer Brett Jewkes.



Kenseth was suspended for the past two races following his role in an on-track incident with Joey Logano at Martinsville Speedway. He will return to the No. 20 Toyota at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the Ford EcoBoost 400.


"NASCAR has asked the driver of the 20 to meet with Chairman and CEO Brian France," NASCAR Vice President David Higdon confirmed earlier Monday, and the two got together shortly thereafter.


Kenseth tweeted later Monday afternoon, noting that he's "glad to have all this behind (him)."


France and NASCAR handed down the suspension, which was upheld on appeals, following Kenseth's wreck of race leader Joey Logano in the Eliminator Round opener.


The two had previous on-track run-ins, and Kenseth -- nearly 10 laps down at the time -- drove Logano into the wall with less than 50 laps remaining. Logano was eliminated from the postseason following Sunday's race at Phoenix International Raceway. Kenseth had been eliminated the week before Martinsville.


In addition to his suspension, Kenseth is on probation for the rest of 2015.