Joey Logano confronted criticism for racing the leaders of the NASCAR Cup Collection race at Dover Worldwide Speedway exhausting whereas he was 24 laps down. However he defended his actions.
Joey Logano noticed his probability at having an honest opening race of the three-race spherical of 12 of the four-round, 10-race 2019 NASCAR Cup Collection playoffs come to an finish earlier than this race, the Drydene 400, at Dover Worldwide Speedway even went inexperienced.
A busted rear axle pressured him to drive his #22 Staff Penske Ford to the storage, and his crew labored feverishly simply to get him again out on the observe.
The intention for the workforce at this level was to reduce harm and attempt to salvage as many factors as attainable through Logano staying on the observe all through the rest of the 400-lap race across the four-turn, 1.Zero-mile (1.609-kilometer) high-banked Monster Mile oval in Dover, Delaware and different drivers having points.
Because it turned out, even being 24 laps off the lead lap, Logano ended up being the topic of the relatively tame race’s greatest controversy.
As the top of stage two approached on lap 240, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin had been dominant after ranging from the pole place. He led 218 of the race’s 228 laps.
However he got here up behind Logano and couldn’t cross him, inflicting him to lose the lead after which second place to teammate Martin Truex Jr. and eventual race winner Kyle Larson of Chip Ganassi Racing, respectively.
Hamlin ended up by no means regaining the lead and having to accept a fifth place end. Logano ended up ending in 34th and scored three factors because the lowest working driver of those that really completed the race, and he completed 25 laps off the lead lap.
Whereas the truth that he was racing the leaders exhausting whereas working two dozen miles off the lead lap was deemed controversial, particularly to Hamlin, who felt that Logano price him his probability to win the race and to clinch a spot within the spherical of eight, Logano defended it for that reason and said that it was his proper to race exhausting, and he finally gained two factors greater than what he might have gained had he not gotten again out on the observe in any respect.
Here’s what Logano needed to say in regards to the matter, based on NASCAR.
“We’re on the market racing. I’ve acquired to race. Right here’s the state of affairs…there’s 4 or 5 vehicles that I might probably catch. That’s 5 factors. I’m in by zero factors proper now, so we’ve higher get ’em all. So, if you consider that, I’ve acquired to attempt to get each automobile I probably can. I’m nonetheless racing. I ran as exhausting as I might this entire race. Don’t have something to point out for it, however I ran it as if we had been on the lead lap and did all the pieces we probably did to be higher.”
Following this disappointing end result, Logano finds himself under the spherical of eight minimize line, though he’s solely under it as a result of he’s on the improper finish of a tiebreaker with Hendrick Motorsports’ William Byron, who at present sits within the eighth and remaining switch spot.
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The second of three races within the spherical of 12 of the 2019 NASCAR Cup Collection playoffs is the 1000Bulbs.com 500, and it’s scheduled to happen this Sunday, October 13. NBC is ready to broadcast this race reside from Talladega Superspeedway in Lincoln, Alabama.