DOVER, Del. — As laps slowed down in Stage 2 of Sunday’s NASCAR Playoffs Round of 12 opener at Dover International Speedway, Joey Logano dashed pioneers Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr. what’s more, Kyle Larson hard — as not out of the ordinary.
Then again, actually the No. 22 Team Penske Ford was … checks notes … 24 laps down at the time.
Sheer minutes before vehicles took the green banner for Dover’s 100th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, Logano was sent behind the divider and to the carport with a busted back pivot. The safeguarding arrangement champion’s day was basically over before it started, yet the 22 gathering chose to return the vehicle on the track to figure out any focuses accessible.
“We’re out there dashing. I must race. Here’s the circumstance … there’s four or five vehicles that I could get. That is five points. I’m in by zero points at this moment, so we’ve better get them all,” Logano said on pit street following a 34th-place finish, 25 laps down. “Along these lines, when you think about that, I must attempt to get each vehicle I can. Despite everything i’m hustling. I kept running as hard as I could this entire race. Try not to have anything to appear for it, yet I ran it as though we were on the lead lap and did all that we potentially improved.”
Appears to be sensible.
Hamlin, who drove a race-high 218 laps from the post in transit to a fifth-place finish, felt Logano hustling him as hard as he did hindered his took shots at the success. Normally, the perspective of Logano — Hamlin’s previous Joe Gibbs Racing colleague that he’s had issues with before — varies from how he saw things.
“Make up position? He’s 24 laps down. That is the most inept explanation I’ve at any point heard,” Hamlin said. “We’re fighting for the finish of the stage. It’s not your day, you had misfortune. We get it. Be that as it may, why? I don’t comprehend that by any means. That is only a moronic proclamation by a bonehead. …
” … Probably shouldn’t call Joey a numbskull. He’s not a bonehead. In any case, that was only an awful decision to state that he’s battling for something. He’s not battling for anything, he’s simply going around the race track. Remain in one path. Possibly the high path, since no one’s up there. Get the laps over with. Get the race over with and return home and prepare for Talladega to attempt to win that race.”
Man, that appears to be sensible, as well.
Maybe it just descends individual philosophy, at that point. Drive hard regardless, or drive hard regardless of what … as long as it doesn’t screw any other person over.
Particularly in the event that it may cause issues down the road for you.
“I get it. Everybody races hard,” Hamlin said. “In case you’re one lap down I get it. Indeed, even two, just not 24. It baffles me since it’s only an absence of reasoning. Everything he did was piss a few people off and what did he truly pick up? He didn’t pick up anything. Yet, he simply annoyed some folks that he’s dashing with now. So now we’re simply going to race him extra hard, and for what? Since he would not like to go 26 laps down?”
“It stays to be checked whether (Logano messed himself up). No one’s going out there malevolently attempting to cheat Joey. I don’t believe anybody will do that yet I’m trying to say that through these playoffs, you can’t make adversaries. You must have give and take. It’s those stores and withdrawals that I discussed with (Kevin) Harvick not long ago. You gotta have the option to state bless your heart. A debt of gratitude is in order for that spot. … I would prefer not to hear it’s just about dashing. That is not keen. Being keen is a piece of hustling, as well. Not simply expertise.”
Anticipate that cooler heads should beat the following two weeks — and Logano to at present be in dispute notwithstanding being on the air pocket. Five joined successes at Talladega and Kansas point to him proceeding onward to the Round of 8.
Be that as it may, recollect this minute.
Martinsville looms — and something about Joey Logano, Joe Gibbs Racing and the fall playoff race at “The Paperclip” rings a specific ringer.