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Joey Logano has to pay Denny Hamlin back

By admin | March 18, 2013

Joey Logano has to take a stronger stand if he hopes to avoid getting run over. 

By Richard Allen

Throughout his career as a NASCAR driver, Joey Logano has been run over by other competitors on multiple occasions. Notably, Kevin Harvick has taken a figurative bite out of ’sliced bread’ more than once. On Sunday in Bristol, it was Denny Hamlin’s turn to send his former teammate around the spin cycle.

If Logano wants to keep the accidental and/or intentional incidents from happening, he has to retaliate…soon. Otherwise, he will continue to find himself on the receiving end of on-track contact. And this incident with Hamlin provided the perfect opportunity to send a message.

This is the perfect time because Logano is in the midst of a new beginning. He has a new owner, a new team, a new teammate and new sponsors this season. The ‘new’ Joey Logano needs to emerge. And more, the reality of the situation says that any retaliation against Hamlin may not come with the severity of penalty as would be the case if the opposing driver were one who is on NASCAR’s good side.

Until Logano shows there will be consequences for the careless actions of others, bad things will continue to happen. Whether the incidents in question are done on purpose or truly are accidents, there are ways to reduce them.

Consider how few times other drivers accidentally get into Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Harvick or one of the Busch brothers. Certainly, accidents do happen. But when they do, the offending driver is always quick to call for his spotter or crew chief to apologize and point out that there was nothing intentional that took place. Other drivers fear the consequences, and thus, race more carefully around those who they know will even the score. Obviously, that applies for intentional contact as well.

There is no such fear on the part of other drivers regarding Logano. He must instill that fear or prepare to always get run over. This weekend on the high speed track in Fontana, Calif. may not be the right place to dole out retaliation, but there are tracks such as Martinsville and others coming soon on the schedule.

Joey Logano has to do something more than send out jabs on Twitter to show that he is willing to take up for himself. Otherwise, “accidents” will continue to happen around him.



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15 Responses to “Joey Logano has to pay Denny Hamlin back”

  1. Offkilter Says:
    March 18th, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Good article. I agree completely. The sooner that slice bread evens up the score the better.

  2. Tony Geinzer Says:
    March 18th, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    I wonder if Hamlin is fixing to be suspended?

  3. steven Says:
    March 18th, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    Denny Hamlin is a top notch Sprint Cup driver. Little Joey, not so much.

  4. Ann Says:
    March 19th, 2013 at 1:31 am

    I agree. Dennis seems to have never liked Joey for whatever reason. Paying close attention for years to the JGR camp nothing good every came out of Hamlins mouth. It is very know teamates and all that. Kyle was a better coworker then him. Dennis by displaying this immaturity via Twitter (Joey too) is making himself look mentally unsuitable to handle the demands of week in and week out driving. Don’t know what his deal is but he needs to get over it, forget Joey and move on.

    Alot of drivers are jerks..don’t want to get into it with certain drivers so their lack of courage if you will invokes images of bullies picking on the nice, young, well behaved kind kid. They all look like idiots for doing it. To his credit Joey has faced his ugly co-workers, but this is getting real old.

  5. Lydia Says:
    March 19th, 2013 at 7:07 am

    Never really been a fan of either driver…but at this moment I’m pulling for Joey to give Denny a nice punt into the wall. I saw no reason for Denny to spin Joey … There was plenty of racing to go, they weren’t about to be lapped, and no one was pressuring Denny from behind. I guess “accidents” just happen…Joey just needs to man up and have an “accident” of his own next time he’s around Hamlin. “Stuff happens”…it’s about time Joey starts showing he does have the right “stuff”.

  6. Greg Says:
    March 19th, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Joey needs to GROW UP and stop trying to start FIGHTS that he has no HOPE of winning, Denny needs to stop thinking the #11 is the only car on the track.

    And as for the TWITTER fighting between them thats for TWITS :)

  7. Jesse Says:
    March 19th, 2013 at 8:56 am

    I’m like Lydia, never cared for either driver or the teams they drove for, Denny signs with Joe Gibbs and buys the house next door, Joey has his dad do most of the talking and how in the world does anyone drink out of a bottle the way Joey does. Hope they both do a Jeff Gorden some time, but not tear up other cars in the process.

  8. Larry Says:
    March 19th, 2013 at 9:27 am

    I agree! I’m no fan of either driver but Hamlin could have avoided that contact. You can bet money if Hamlin had been on the receiving end by Joey Hamlin would have been irate as he has shown he is kind of a hot head anyway. Yep, Joey needs to get him back as soon as the opportunity presents it’s self.

  9. midasmicah Says:
    March 19th, 2013 at 9:53 am

    I’ve watch Logano get knocked around since he came into nascar. He’s way too over cautious. As long as he doesn’t stick up for himself, this will continue to happen. He has to retaliate against Hamlin. It’s all about respect and he has to earn it. Otherwise sliced bread will become burnt toast.

  10. JimB Says:
    March 19th, 2013 at 10:57 am

    It was Bristol. Joey held him up and blocked his line, Hamlin put the old Bristol tap on his bumper and Joey lost control of his car. Joey was madder about his own poor driving than Denny’s bump, I say. Just one of those racing deals. If Hamlin does that at 190MPH on a bigger track, that would be intent to wreck. But at Bristol, you should be able to recover from that bump and stay in the race. That all said, Joey has a right to retaliate, because it looked like to me Denny had enough room to clear him, even though it was on the slower low side. Joey should wait until Martinsville, where he can really work Hamlin over and bring some excitement to that track.

  11. SV Says:
    March 19th, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Oh come on Rich, this dust up is entirely scripted. It’s entirely meant to distract from the Gen6, Hamlin’s Friday media center comments, and it also furthers Kyle Busch’s PR makeover by having Hamlin take over the role of bad boy. Am I wearing a tin foil hat? Maybe. But I’m just going on Denny’s words: “A lot of what you hear in interviews and 90 percent of what you hear on a weekly basis is just guys that are , ya know, trying to stay on NASCAR’s good side, really.” The uncut audio is at nascarmedia. Can’t believe you writers aren’t all over it.

  12. chad Says:
    March 19th, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Ever wonder why drivers like Joey Logano find themselves on the losing end? While a fast race car driver, he does dumb stuff in race car that ticks off his fellow drivers.(see Daytona!) Joey had a chance to have a very solid finish but just can’t hold it with out taking uncalculated chances and thus puts himself in bad situations as well as his competitors. Then the no respect problem happens.

  13. ron hill Says:
    March 19th, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Denny Hammlin is a jerk ……..he got mad because joey pulled up in front of him so he ran into the back of him…..that was not enough so he imtentualy wreck joey……joey was trying to win the race by passing the leader something drivers just cant do to the leader…….look at hamlins coments about the gen 6 car the week before and you can see he took his frustration out on joey………so mr hamlin be ready to take your spin and i can only hope your ready to win when joey spins you out

  14. Jay Says:
    March 19th, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Considering how much better the #20 has been running since Loganos departure, Someone needs to be thankful they still have a ride at the Sprint Cup level instead of picking fights with other drivers! Penske won’t tolerate it long, and it didnt work out too well when Joey confronted Ryan Newman at Michigan, Hamlin may talk smack but the fact remains he is one of the best short track racers on the circuit, and I believe the chances are better of seeing the #22 being taken out if he tries to rough up Hamlin!

  15. chefprez Says:
    March 21st, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Both are idiots. Both have been a whiners since they came to Cup. Hopefully they will take each other out every race. And honestly, if either one wants to be tough, change your names. There aren’t too many tough guys out there with names that end in Y, think about it…