By admin | March 18, 2013
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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