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Logano vs. Harvick and Kahne vs. Allmendinger add to year of the feud

By admin | June 6, 2010


By Richard Allen

Perhaps not since Cale Yarborough and the Allison brothers wrestled in the Daytona mud has there been so much talk of feuds and rivalries as there has been in the 2010 NASCAR season.

The Gillette Fusion 500 at the Pocono Raceway provided very little excitement in its first 150 laps but the final stages of the race created quite a stir among fans and competitors alike. Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick provided one set of fireworks while teammates Kasey Kahne and A.J. Allmendinger proved more.

As the cars raced toward the white flag, Logano and Harvick were battling for position within the top-5. Going into turn 3 the two cars touched and Logano went for a long slide. Harvick finished 4th while Logano wound up 13th when he appeared destined for no worse than 5th.

After the race, Logano parked his car next to that of Harvick and got out of his machine in a heated rush. By that time there were a number of crew members surrounding the two drivers. After an aggravated gesture by Logano’s father, the 20 year old driver went toward Harvick and offered up some angry shouts at the current Sprint Cup points leader. Eventually, they went their separate ways with no real harm done.

However, that was not the end of it. After a call to the dreaded NASCAR hauler, Logano delivered a verbal haymaker toward Harvick. “I don’t know what his problem is with me but it’s probably not his fault,” he said. “His wife wears the fire suit in the family and tells him what to do.”

No doubt, that won’t be taken well or forgotten. What will make this little feud even more interesting is that it could have a significant impact on the Chase for the Championship, depending on when any paybacks might occur. As said before, Harvick leads the standings, and at 17th, Logano is still in contention for a top-12 spot.

This was not the first time these two have had issues. Logano was sent on a similar ride at the end of a Nationwide Series race in Bristol earlier this year.

While all of that was going on, more drama was playing out elsewhere. During the green/white/checkered finish, Kasey Kahne was forced to the grass by Richard Petty Motorsports teammate A.J. Allmendinger. The resulting spin for the #9 car sent Kahne spinning into the path of a gaggle of oncoming cars, and he was hit by just about every one of them.

Kahne voiced his displeasure about being forced to the grass when he had a strong run going and looked poised to gain several positions. Instead, he ended up with a disappointing 27th and a destroyed race car.

Allmendinger was apologetic for the result of his last lap actions. He finished 10th.

The feuds and animosity played out so far this season have been one of, if not the, storyline of NASCAR 2010. In what appeared at first to be a race that would do little to perpetuate that, Pocono actually added to the drama.

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Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly columns appear in The Mountain Press and The Knoxville Journal.

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12 Responses to “Logano vs. Harvick and Kahne vs. Allmendinger add to year of the feud”

  1. Doug Says:
    June 7th, 2010 at 7:05 am

    Kasey perhaps that was a little knock on you not being a team player earlier in the year. The one time in his 18 years of just being an owner that The King has a feature driver and what do you do? You bolt and for what?

  2. Ritchie Says:
    June 7th, 2010 at 7:05 am

    Looked to me like Kasey could of just lined up behind AJ. From my angle, it looked like Kasey never even got along side of AJ and more like Kasey just did not realize he where the grass was. Kasey must accept some blame here if not all of it.

  3. Mark Says:
    June 7th, 2010 at 8:30 am

    Hey Kasey - the pedal on the left is a BRAKE pedal. Feel free to tap it next time.

  4. Ford Fan Says:
    June 7th, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Kasey needs to remember he is the one leaving the team. Don’t expect many breaks from people you have run out on.

  5. Jace Says:
    June 7th, 2010 at 10:06 am

    So let me get this straight…

    AJ accepts blame for the incident. Biffle blames AJ for the incident. Kahne blames AJ for the incident…

    ..and folks here are blaming Kahne just because he realizes that the RPM team is lousy?!? How many times has Kahne entered the pits in the top-5 to exit in 10th or worse this year?

    Whether he’s leaving RPM or Ford shouldn’t make a difference in a situation where AJ makes a bone-headed move and himself admits it later.

    Hate on Kahne all you want, but the people that know what they’re talking about know who can drive (the one that got the Hendricks gig), and the one that can’t.

  6. Rusty Shackelford Says:
    June 7th, 2010 at 10:27 am

    I’m a Kahne fan but I don’t see what AJ has to apologize for - it’s the last lap and everybody was trying to get what they can get. Could he have given his teammate a bit of a break? Maybe. Still, Kasey drove that car where it wasn’t meant to go and he triggered that wreck.

  7. Gene Says:
    June 7th, 2010 at 11:14 am

    The only way to deal with blocking is to do what BK did to Edwards at Talladega last year….Hit them in the ass!

  8. gopapa Says:
    June 7th, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    I’m sure by now Logano has seen the tape, and if he doesn’t agree that he was moving down into the lane Harvick was in then he will have more problems with him in the future. Harvick isn’t one to back down from anyone, let alone back off the gas pedal late in a race. I like Joey a lot, but he initiated that contact in my view - Harvick just held his ground, which is what you do with only 5 to go.

    So when are we going to see Mark Martin feuding with somebody? Who’s next?

    Heck, maybe he should be feuding with Alan Gustafson for bringing these 20th place cars to the track so often this year after being so fast last year. If he wasn’t riding around in a 20th place car again he wouldn’t have been there to T-bone Kahne.

  9. JM Says:
    June 7th, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    Harvick wrecked Logano- watch the replay. For those who say Logano “turned into Harvick,” you’re right! They were in a turn… Harvick made ZERO effort to turn until after he hit Logano. His intent was to wreck him. If Logano hadn’t been there then Harvick’s line would have put him into the wall

  10. David Says:
    June 7th, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    Doug do you even know who owns RPM, it’s RPM in name only. And Kasey has stuck with this race team thruout all
    the distractions since Everham sold the team. On AJ’s twitter
    page he said he was proud of his finish, wounder if he’s proud of all the damage to a lot of good cars. It’s apparent that Biffle had a great view of what actually happened.

  11. mkrcr Says:
    June 8th, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    These so called feuds are starting to have the same feeling as that debris caution with 10 to go.

  12. blah39 Says:
    June 9th, 2010 at 6:15 am

    Listen to these idiots who seem to think they know what they are talking about.. One guy says hit the brakes.. if you hit the brakes, he would have finished probbaly right where he did, back in 27th. You hit the brakes on one of those straightaways and you lose well over ten spots easy, whos going to do that?? No one, not even you..Then someone says line up behind AJ, kasey was going atleast ten or more MPH faster than AJ, it was either go around him, or punt him in the ass, and kasey was the good teammate and decided not to punt him in the ass, bet hell think twice on that one next time. Dont comment unless you have something smart to say.