Joey Logano, Kyle Busch discuss Sunday incident
Joey Logano said he called Kyle Busch on Tuesday to discuss their last-lap incident in Sunday’s NASCAR race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Logano said on Fox Sports 1’s “Race Hub” that he called Busch to “at least tell him my side of the story. We’re going to have two sides to the story. Really the bottom line, we’re two passionate race car drivers. We’re two of the best in the sport that are going to go for wins and we collided. It’s tough. It’s going to happen. You want to get through it as quick as you can and try to talk it out. The bottom line is it wasn’t intentional, and we’re going to have to work through it somehow.
“We’ve been racing against each other for nine years and we’ve never had a problem. We’ve been teammates, we’ve known each other really well, we talk to each other a lot. I consider him a friend of mine. In the heat of the moment when you’re competing, there’s 40 drivers out there with one goal. It’s the same goal for everyone. To go win the race. Eventually, tempers are going to fly and we’re all the Type-A personalities.’'
Logano said he saw Busch coming toward him on pit road after the race and planned to tell his former teammate that “I got loose underneath you, my bad’’ but never got the chance because Busch immediately threw a punch. Logano said the swing didn’t hit him.
Logano and Busch were racing for fourth on the backstretch on the final lap Sunday. Busch came down the track and hit Logano’s car to squeeze between Logano and Brad Keselowski’s car. Busch’s action caused Logano to enter Turn 3 at a lower entry.
“I’m already on the white line, this is very early into the corner,’' Logano said when breaking down video of the incident on the FS1 show. “Really the line you want is where (Kyle Busch) is ... to get a nice wide entry to carry the speed. What this forces me to do with a shallow entry is to use a ton of brakes, slow the car down, try to get down on the line, stay on the line. As you come through the corner ... I’m not where I want to be. I’m too low. I’ve gotten down too low because of the entry of the corner.
“I’m going to hit the apron and get loose, and I’m going to wiggle up once. He gave me plenty of room. I make the mistake by getting down on the paint too low. I’m going to get loose and this gap (between the cars) is going to get very tight, which is going to make it even harder to control (the car). I’m going to keep getting loose, and unfortunately we are going to collide.
“It’s hard racing in my opinion. We’ve raced each other for a long, long time. We’ve run over 500 races with each other, racing for wins plenty of times. It happens sometimes. You race each other very, very hard. It’s the first time something like this has happened for us. I’m sure we’re going to find a way to work through it.’'
NASCAR stated earlier this week that it planned to meet with both Logano and Busch. An announcement on if NASCAR will penalize either driver is expected Wednesday.