Roger Penske defended Joey Logano in his fight with Tony Stewart.
“I’m 150% behind my driver, and I think he’s a real star on the team,” Penske told USA TODAY Sports.
Right after Sunday’s Auto Club 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race, an incensed Tony Stewart ran over to Joey Logano to confront him about Logano blocking Stewart, which made Stewart angry because he said Logano had been complaining about other drivers doing it. Their verbal exchange quickly escalated into a physical one which included Logano throwing a bottle at Stewart:
Stewart ended up finishing 22nd in the race but sent a strong warning about Logano blocking him in a race again. He also blamed Logano for the three-car wreck which sent Denny Hamlin to the hospital. (Hamlin was airlifted to a local hospital where he remains with a compression fracture in his lower back.)
“He has that right, he has the choice to do that,” Stewart said. “If he ever turns down across in front of me again, I don’t care what lap it is, he won’t make it through the other end of it…I’m tired of these guys doing that stuff. Especially out of a kid that’s been griping about everybody else and then he does that the next week. He sent Denny to the hospital and screwed our day up. He’s talked the talk, but he hasn’t walked the walk yet. He’s always got his crew guys walking the walk for him.”
Logano, of course, felt justified in his actions on the track:
“I had to throw the block there,” he said. “That was a race for the lead. I felt if the 14 got underneath me, that was going to be the end of my opportunity to win the race, so I was just trying to protect the spot I had.”
Whatever the case, Stewart noted that NASCAR could be like the NHL when it comes to fights, and he made it clear that Logano will need to watch his back on the track:
“If NASCAR wants us to let the guys have at it, it shouldn’t be any different than hockey,” Tony Stewart said Sunday after throwing a punch at Joey Logano on pit road. “Let the guys have at it, and then when one guy goes to the ground, it’s over.”
“It’s time he learns a lesson,” Stewart said. “He’s run his mouth long enough and done this double standard, but he’s nothing but a little rich kid who has never had to work in his life.”
Alrighty then!! I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to the next race.
Your Jersey Girlfriend,