CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth took the blame for his wife’s wreck during a practice session for a charity race at Charlotte Motor Speedway Monday.
Katie Kenseth wrecked a bandolero racing car and broke her shoulder while taking practice laps Monday evening in preparation for a charity race before the Bank of America 500 in Concord on October 15.
“She was going too fast, I know that for sure,” said Matt Tuesday afternoon at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. “It didn’t end up being a very good situation.”
Kenseth admits he didn’t adequately prepare his wife for the practice drive.
“Neither one of us put any thought into the possibility of her getting hurt. That was the last thing on our mind,” Kenseth said. “I would have never dreamed anything like that would happen. So that was my bad going into it not thinking about it.”
Kenseth said he did not see the entire accident but ran to check on his wife immediately after she hit the wall.
“I just wanted to get down to the car to make sure she was OK. I knew she didn’t fit in there real good. That’s the first time she’s ever driven in it and everything.”
Due to the wreck, Katie will not race during the inaugural Better Half Dash next month.
”I don’t think she has any interest in getting back into the race car. I think I’m going to be doing the driving in our family from now on.”
The 2003 NASCAR champion says friends and fans have reached out and called, texted and tweeted at him throughout the last day expressing support and checking to see how his wife is doing.
“It just makes me really proud of her honestly. I realized between that happening last night to right now how much more everybody likes Katie than they like me."