LONDON: The Racing Journal
VALLEY STREAM, N.Y. — NASCAR, which makes more changes than the mother of a spastic infant, may have to make another.
Before many races, the row-sharing drivers are driven around the track in convertibles for some pre-race good will. The way things are going now, it will be difficult to find a pair of competitors who aren’t angry with each other.
Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Fontana produced a great deal of hostility. At least it turned another dull race into a barnburner.
There are tons of opinions of what happened. Some say Joey (Logano) was wrong, others blame it on Denny (Hamlin). The fact that they had “baggage” left over from the week before made it look like everything was deliberate.
Despite how Logano felt about Hamlin, I seriously doubt his intention was to wreck him. Logano is under heavy pressure. After some so-so years at Joe Gibbs Racing, where his replacement Matt Kenseth looks like championship material, Logano’s boss, Roger Penske, expects results. His teammate Brad Keselowski is the defending Cup champ and has started 2013 very well. Sam Hornish looks potent on Penske’s Nationwide team.
Logano probably drove the best race of his life Sunday, but he messed up. It looked like he overdrove, causing him to hit Hamlin, which saw his No. 11 crash hard into the inside rail, breaking a bone in his back.
Both drivers were over driving but what is wrong with that? We want our racers going all-out for the win. Personally, I’m tired of “points racing,” in which guys now settle for second and leave them in good position in the tally.