Joey Logano said Friday he has no ill-will toward Denny Hamlin, who caused a late-race wreck last week at Kansas Speedway.
The collision happened when Hamlin tried to force his way between Brad Keselowski and Kyle Larson. Logano, coming from behind those three, was also collected in the wreck. Kyle Busch went on to win.
“I feel like I am one of the hardest racers out there and I would be quite the hypocrite if I asked why (Hamlin) was racing so hard,” Logano said at Dover International Speedway. “That’s what fans show up at the race track to see. They expect to see us race. They don’t expect us to say, ‘Oh, go ahead.’
“When Denny made the move, I didn’t blame him. When I look at Denny’s move, I would do the same thing if I were him. So I don’t really have any room to speak.”
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Martin Truex Jr., who finished 14th at Kansas, said Hamlin’s all-but-assured spot in the Chase might have played a factor in his move.
“He’s got a win,” said Truex. “He stuck it in the middle three-wide and wrecked three cars because he had that secure spot.”
▪ Ricky Stenhouse Jr. said the lug-nut penalty against Kyle Busch’s team earlier this week caught the attention of the garage.
“I don’t believe you will see any issues this weekend,” said Stenhouse. “That was a pretty example of what they did not want on a race car. Dover is not a place you want to push the issue … you want all your wheels for sure tight here.”
Busch’s crew chief Adam Stevens was fined $20,000 and suspended for this weekend’s race at Dover for not having the lug nuts on Busch’s car tight enough last week at Kansas. Front-tire changer Josh Leslie was also suspended one race.
▪ Qualifying for Sunday’s AAA 400 was rained out Friday. That means Kevin Harvick, who had Friday’s fastest practice time (165.145 mph) will start on the pole, alongside Dale Earnhardt Jr.
▪ Heats will again determine the starting order for Saturday’s Ollie’s 200 Xfinity race at Dover. Green flag is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.
▪ In addition to adding SAFER barriers, Dover has also reduced the number of pit stalls from 43 to 40, increasing each by 2 feet in length to 34 feet.
“It’s always been a really tight pit road,” said Martin Truex Jr. “Difficult to get in and out of your box, especially if there’s somebody in front and behind you. Not a lot of room for pit crews to do their work.”