Per Bob Pockrass
FOX Sports NASCAR Writer
DARLINGTON, SC – Joey Logano he thought he had done what he had to do with the two remaining laps by Sunday at Darlington Raceway.
William Byron disagrees.
Logano, angry after door-to-door contact between the two drivers resulted in Byron taking the lead with the remaining 26 laps, hit Byron’s rear bumper with two laps to go, sending Byron to the track and scraping the wall as Logano pedaled to Goodyear 400 wins.
It was one of the more aggressive moves on a Darlington-sized track (it’s a 1.36-mile oval), while Logano scored Byron’s rear bumper in a tactic more accustomed to short runs.
“He’s just a moron,” said Byron, who finished in 13th place. “He can’t win the race so he does.”
Logano dismissed the insult.
“They called me a lot of things – and a lot worse than a moron,” Logano said. “I just witnessed a lot when I got out of the car [from the crowd] actually. But … that’s okay. Whatever. Call me whatever you want. “
Was Joey Logan’s move toward William Byron justified?
Bob Pockrass expresses his thoughts on whether Joey Logan’s move on William Byron in Darlington was justified or was it a dirty race.
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Here are three excerpts from the return race in Darlington:
Logan’s solid defense
Logano said that when Byron initiated contact to get the lead, the “gloves” come off.
“He came down from turn 2 and drove me straight into the wall,” Logano said. “I’m lucky at the moment that my car isn’t broken. I’m a very angry driver and I think everyone on the field would probably agree: if someone is willing to do that to you, well, the gloves are off at that point.
“I knew if I went back there what I was going to do and what I had to do. That was the way he wanted to race, so I said, let’s go. If he passed me clean, it wouldn’t look like that.”
Byron said they “barely touched” and that Logano described it as retaliation “stupid”.
Logano laughed at that characterization.
“Maybe by his side, but I felt the wall and his car the whole time I was squeezed into the fence,” he said.
Logano also said he doesn’t think Byron did it on purpose.
“I don’t think he intended to drive me into a wall,” Logano said. “The facts are that it is.”
Wild goal on Sunday in Darlington
Joey Logano pushed William Byron into the wall to win Sunday at Darlington Raceway.
Byron’s frustration is obvious
Was Byron’s position justified? He is not the first driver to run into Logan and thinks Logano drove excessively aggressively.
Byron was frustrated that Logano hadn’t at least tried to get past him.
“He was faster. He could have just reached the back left, loosened me up,” Byron said. “But he runs there 10 miles an hour [too fast]. He barely made an angle.
“I don’t know why it comes in so hard and comes out of you. It doesn’t make sense.”
‘He’s just a moron’ – William Byron about Joey Logan
William Byron was upset about Joey Logan after the race in Darlington, in which Logano sent Byron into the wall to win.
Favorites fall out
Among the drivers who led in laps and did not finish the race were Kyle Larson (engine failure), Kyle Busch (accident), Martin Truex Jr. (accident) and Ross Chastain (accident).
Perhaps most frustrated was Busch, who was picked up by Brad Keselowski when Keselowski hit a piece of debris, cut a tire and spun into Busch.
Busch parked his car at the entrance to the garage instead of in his stall or at his tractor. He was fined last year for speeding to a garage in Darlington. This year his car had suspension damage.
“I just couldn’t make him turn around,” Busch said, leaving the car where it did.
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Bob Pockrass has spent decades covering motorsports, including the last 30 Daytons 500. He joined FOX Sports in 2019 after working on ESPN, Sporting News, NASCAR Scene magazine and The (Daytona Beach) News-Journal. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @bobpockrass. Looking for more NASCAR content? Sign up for the FOX Sports NASCAR Newsletter with Bob Pockrass!
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