The timing could not have been higher, and the irony was apparent. Logano, 28, turned the primary driver to formally declare one of many 4 Monster Vitality NASCAR Cup championship contender spots courtesy of his hard-fought victory final weekend at Martinsville Speedway. And the win has drawn loads of commentary this week on Logano’s choice to unapologetically race exhausting and to problem courtesy with a doable championship on the road.
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Because the Crew Penske driver reminded on Friday previous to opening follow for the AAA 500 (three p.m. ET, NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), he didn’t wreck Martin Truex Jr. — with whom he dueled on that Martinsville final lap — and Logano reiterated his “push” was definitely not the one assertive transfer of the day on the well-known brief observe.
Logano confirmed that he acquired a textual content message late Sunday after the race from Truex.
“I believe he was just a little annoyed and that’s a part of it,” Logano mentioned. “I additionally assume it’s short-track racing. All of that was on the road at that time and I believe we each perceive that there was a lot on the road and that’s what occurs typically.
“Like I mentioned, it’s short-track racing. That bump-and-run transfer, though that was most likely the most well-liked one of many complete race as a result of it was for the win on the final lap, most likely occurred 10 or 15 occasions earlier than that and it didn’t get lined. It’s a traditional transfer in NASCAR that occurs lots, each time we go there, whether or not it’s on Lap 20 or Lap 499.”
And though Truex clearly didn’t take kindly to the full-contact last-lap racing, the expectation for it at a brief observe in a playoff race was accepted by others — from fellow drivers to NASCAR’s model of armchair quarterbacks and followers.
“I believe nearly all of them have supported it, supported the transfer,” Logano mentioned, of different Cup rivals reaching out to him this week. “It’s a place that our sport places you in, within the playoffs. You might be within the playoffs and have a possibility to lock your self into the Championship 4. You do not know what will occur the following two races. It’s Martinsville. It’s traditional short-track racing that now we have seen 100 occasions.
“Some followers adore it and a few do not. Both approach you will have loads of questions afterwards. When you do not do it they need to know why you didn’t do it. When you do it, half are completely happy and half aren’t. I’m not right here to make everybody completely happy.
“I’m right here to do my job for my race group and so they did such an incredible job all day lengthy and we led 300 laps. When you do not attempt to win the race, I’d count on them to be very dissatisfied in me as a driver for them. It was a traditional bump-and-run. There was no crashing or vehicles within the wall. It was a bump as much as get there after which that traditional drag race and that cool end for everyone.”