Joey Logano gathered a lot of criticism after his actions towards the end of the race at Darlington. But what pissed most people off even more, was what the Team Penske driver said after the race as a justification for bumping William Byron out of the way to take the win.
Logano had claimed that he simply took revenge on the Hendrick driver for a dangerous move he made on him earlier in the race.
And it seems like he’s still sticking to the same reason while leaving his door open to even more criticism.
“What happened last week, happened. I got fenced, I’m staying by the same stuff I said last week, I got fenced, I retaliated and won the race. Like I said last week, that’s kinda how it works, I won’t get pushed around,” Logano said in a recent interview. “In my book, we’re back to even. Reset and go again.”
“If he wants to keep going back and forth, I’ll keep swinging. I don’t think that’s a good play for him in the long run … He can keep going. But I can promise you I’ll keep going and I’ll go bigger every time.”
Joey Logano on William Byron if Byron feels like he owes Logano one. “If he wants to keep going back and forth, I’ll keep swinging. I don’t think that’s a good play for him in the long run … He can keep going. But I can promise you I’ll keep going and I’ll go bigger every time.” pic.twitter.com/PRZ3pPIwWW
— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) May 14, 2022
NASCAR fans react to Logano’s comments
What a joke lmao. You can give it but you don’t want to take it. Perfect example of what racing on daddy’s dollar will get you.
— Adam Perkinson (@AdamPerkinson1) May 14, 2022
Matt Kenseth proved you wrong the 1st time around, Joey.
— MNWildFan11 (@MnWildFan1188) May 14, 2022
Someone needs to remind Joey why he didn’t win the 2015 championship. The Kansas incident with Kenseth was just a racing deal, but he acted all smug about it for the whole week afterwards and that’s what rubbed people the wrong way, and he’s doing the same thing here
— Mitchell DeGruchy (@MitchDeGruchy) May 14, 2022
This has 2015 vibes where Joey doesn’t think he can do any wrong and is always a victim. Guess Kenseth didn’t teach him a good enough lesson.
— Landon Brugh (@lbrugh86) May 14, 2022
Oh Joey, read the room
— Michelle Kronick4⃣8⃣ (@MichelleKronick) May 14, 2022
This dude is playing with so much fire
— OpTic Jxmpxr (@OpTic_Jxmpxr) May 14, 2022
NASCAR spotters had slammed Joey Logano for his earlier comments
In a recent episode of the Door Bumper Clear podcast, spotters Freddie Kraft and Brett Griffin expressed their disapproval of Logano wrecking Byron.
“The biggest thing to me is, (he) never made an attempt to pass him. Like if you work a guy over and listen, I’m all for ‘winning at all costs’. We’ve built this system around, ‘You’ve got to win a race. You’ve got to win a race to get into playoffs.’ He’s on a 40-race winless streak or something like that? ‘Win at all costs.’ But at least make some kind of attempt,” Kraft said.
DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 15: Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, walks the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Cup Series 64th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2022 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Brett Griffin went on to describe the one thing that he was the most spot-off on, and that was Logano’s “lame-ass excuse” of, “I will not be bullied. He ran me in the fence.”
“If you’re gonna be racing like a d-bag, you gotta own it. Don’t play a victim on TV, like, ‘I had to pay him back, he was bullying me’. No. That’s not the way that played out at all,” Griffin added.
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