Via David Newton | ESPN.com:
Joey Logano was tired of getting pushed around by his former Joe Gibbs Racing teammate.
So after Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway, in which Denny Hamlin spun him out with about 150 laps remaining, Logano decided to let him know it.
But as Logano leaned into the window of Hamlin’s No. 11 Toyota, a shoving match broke out between the crews of both teams. Logano quickly was restrained and retreated to his Penske Racing hauler.
“We’ve got a freaking genius behind the wheel of the 11,” Logano said. “Probably the worst teammate I ever had, so I learned that now. He chose to run into the back of me. Whatever. I have a scorecard and I’m not putting up with that.
“What goes around come around.”
Hamlin apologized on the radio for getting into Logano, who was battling Jeff Gordon for the lead. He said the incident didn’t have anything to do with the exchange the two had on Twitter following the Daytona 500 in which Hamlin questioned Logano’s driving.
“No, it didn’t have anything to do with that,” Hamlin said. “You’ve really got to control your car, and he slipped up into me. Really, he would have been in the garage with no radiator in it if I had not checked up twice.
“I just, you know, I meant to run in to him. I didn’t mean to spin him out, but his day was fine.”
Asked what Logano said to him at the car, Hamlin said, “He said he was coming for me. I usually don’t see him, so it’s usually not a factor.”
NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp said no penalties were expected for either driver or team.
This isn’t the first time Hamlin and Logano have exchanged barbs.
Shortly after the Daytona 500, Hamlin sent a message to Logano teammate Brad Keselowski on Twitter.
“@keselowski sorry I couldn’t get close to you cuz your genius teammate was too busy messing up the inside line 1 move at a time” Hamlin wrote.
Clint Bowyer responded: “2nd that.”
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