Denny Hamlin slammed Joey Logano’s “silly assertion” about racing onerous whereas 24 laps off the lead lap within the NASCAR Cup Sequence playoff race at Dover Worldwide Speedway.
Staff Penske’s Joey Logano, who entered the spherical of 12 of the four-round, 10-race 2019 NASCAR Cup Sequence playoffs in a good place above the spherical of eight minimize line because of his playoff factors, noticed his likelihood to win the spherical of 12 opener at Dover Worldwide Speedway, the Drydene 400, exit the window earlier than the race even earlier than.
Earlier than the inexperienced flag flew to get this 400-lap race across the four-turn, 1.Zero-mile (1.609-kilometer) high-banked Monster Mile oval in Dover, Delaware underway, Logano’s #22 Ford suffered a busted rear axle.
In consequence, his Staff Penske crew labored feverishly on the automotive to attempt to get Logano again out on to the monitor within the hope that attrition all through the remainder of the sector would lead to him nonetheless with the ability to choose up a few priceless factors all through the race.
Logano did ultimately get again onto the monitor, however he was two dozen laps off the lead lap.
As the tip of stage two (lap 240) neared, the race leaders have been operating round Logano on the monitor. However regardless that Logano was 24 laps off the lead lap, he was not making it straightforward for the leaders.
In consequence, race polesitter Denny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing, who led 218 of the race’s first 228 laps, couldn’t go the #22 Ford, and that allowed teammate Martin Truex Jr. to take the lead and eventual race winner Kyle Larson of Chip Ganassi Racing to fit into second place.
Hamlin completed stage two in third place, and he by no means led the race once more en path to a fifth place end.
But after the race, Logano, who ended up ending in 34th place and scoring three factors versus 35th and scoring two or 36th or worse and scoring one, defended his actions, which can very nicely have value Hamlin a assured ticked into the spherical of eight by means of robbing him of the race victory.
In consequence, Hamlin known as Logano an fool for making such a comment, though he recanted the concept Logano is an fool and reiterated that he solely feels that his comment was out of line.
Here’s what Hamlin needed to say in regards to the matter, in response to NASCAR.
“Make up place? He’s 24 laps down. That’s essentially the most idiotic assertion I’ve ever heard. We’re battling for the tip of the stage. It’s not your day, you had unhealthy luck. We get it. However why? I don’t perceive that in any respect. That’s only a silly assertion by an fool…In all probability shouldn’t name Joey an fool. He’s not an fool. However that was only a unhealthy option to say that he’s preventing for one thing. He’s not preventing for something, he’s simply operating across the race monitor. Keep in a single lane. Possibly the excessive lane, as a result of no one’s up there. Get the laps over with. Get the race over with and go dwelling and prepare for Talladega to attempt to win that race.”
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Denny Hamlin is ready to enter the second race of the three-race spherical of 12 at Talladega Superspeedway in a 3rd place tie within the NASCAR Cup Sequence playoff image, nonetheless nicely above the spherical of eight minimize line (+48 factors).
Joey Logano, in the meantime, is at present on the surface wanting in because of being on the unsuitable finish of a tiebreaker with Hendrick Motorsports’ William Byron, who sits within the eighth and remaining switch spot.
This race, the 1000Bulbs.com 500, is ready to be broadcast reside from the monitor in Lincoln, Alabama on NBC starting at 2:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 13.