“Fans want to see drivers hate each other,” Joey Logano defends his aggressive run at the NASCAR Indy cup race

Find out what Joey Logano had to say, defending his aggressive Indy run and how the hard racing is important to the sport.

Joey Logano
Ryan Blaney and Joey Logano

NASCAR cup series outing at the 2.49 miles Road Course in Indianapolis Motor Speedway turned out to be a chaotic affair as the intense on-field battle among the competitors prompted premature ends to the driver’s day or end to their hopes for a top finish. Tyler Reddick piloted his No:8 RCR Chevy to a win in overtime surviving the wreckages as he was able to hold on to the advantage he had after starting the race at the pole.

Though Ross Chastain cutting the corners in overtime to secure P2, which later got revoked, was the major story of the race day the unwanted aggression showed by the 2018 cup champion Joey Logano was also a major talking point. The No:22 Penske Racing driver’s day caused a wreck in the final restart before overtime which eventually cost his teammate Ryan Blaney a chance to fight for the race win.

Joey Logano made the right on turn 1 in the final restart a five-way battle that caused Logano’s former teammate Kyle Busch to spin and took some driers out of the race. Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte who were commentating on the race at the time called out Logano for his behavior which was later backed by Ryan Blaney and Denny Hamlin. Now Logano has come forth expressing his thoughts on how hard racing is important to NASCAR while expressing his thoughts on the race.

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Find out what Joey Logano said

Joey Logano
Joey Logano

Joey Logano acknowledged that some individual drivers always complain about anything that is related to the race and it will be the same thing for every other race.  He points out that I every driver is racing clean on the track then there isn’t anything special to NASCAR that will attract fans who are seeking entertainment.

I feel like some people are just going to complain. And no matter what, there’s going to be somebody complaining about something. You just can’t make everybody happy. If everyone races too clean, and it’s just a gentleman’s race, no one is going to want to watch that. Oh, I just let him go and he let him go. What’s that?” Joey Logano said.

The No:22 driver went on to say that fans expect drivers to hate each other which turns into a situation where racing is an eye for an eye or give or take the game rather than holding hands and singing Kumbaya together. He added that no one wants to see the toughness going away from NASCAR, as drives and fans don’t want it to be gone, but it does need a balance to it as a situation like the Indy cup race last week won’t repeat itself.

Fans want to see drivers hate each other. That’s just what it is. There is a level of respect out there, and give and take, an eye for an eye, and those types of things out there, but I don’t think fans want to see everybody hold hands and sing Kumbaya together. We’re not doing that. That’s not going to happen. And I don’t think anybody wants that to happen. So I think there’s a balance. Maybe it was a little extreme this week. It was probably a little extreme. But everyone is pushing hard,” Joey Logano added.

Joey Logano explained what he thinks went down last weekend at Indy suggesting drivers were concentrated on outbreaking and passing their opponents, as they normally do, in turn one, at Indy and this hard racing sometimes breeds crashes into the corners. He points out that the first turn being the major passing opportunity or zone for the piolets prompted the mistakes from them that resulted in crashes.

You know you got to get around them so you make these big moves. Oh, I’m going to try and out brake him here, and I’m going to really send it in there because I got to pass him. And I’ve got a car that’s more durable. I got to get by him unless I’m going to stay behind this car and finish 15th. I got to move forward. And you send it down in the corner and you get out of control. You just go too fast. And that’s what you see happen in Turn 1 not just on restarts but other times, too. That was the big passing zone. If I don’t pass him here, I’m stuck behind him for Lord knows how long. So I got to go. That’s what those mistakes are,” explained Joey Logano.

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