Hendrick Motorsports

Kenseth puts on brave face as he's being shown the door

It could have gotten very uncomfortable as Erik Jones and Matt Kenseth sat side-by-side shortly after an intriguing race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Both drivers wanted to win for very different reasons, both came up short , then circumstances put them together in a post-race news conference.

Jones, the rookie, was seeking his first Cup Series victory Saturday night. He wound up second to Kyle Busch, his soon-to-be teammate at Joe Gibbs Racing. He started from the pole, led the most laps, and really needed that win to lock him into NASCAR's playoffs.

Kenseth hasn't won a Cup race in a little over a year and also could use an automatic berth into the playoffs. And, he's on his...