Joey Logano, Kyle Busch discuss Sunday incident

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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.

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NASCAR America: Kyle Busch questions Xfinity rules package at Indy

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Kyle Busch isn’t afraid to speak his mind, and he certainly did so after Saturday’s  Xfinity Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

NASCAR implemented a number of changes to make the racing closer, tighter and more exciting — including restrictor plates, a larger rear spoiler, aero ducts, and a smaller splitter — and achieved all that on many fronts.

But not for the younger Busch brother, who wasn’t pleased with the rules package. Was it actually designed to specifically slow him down rather than to even out things for the entire field?

Or was he just simply upset because he didn’t win a third Xfinity race in a row at IMS?

Check out how our NASCAR America analysts gauged the Xfinity changes in the above video.

 

TriStar Motorsports team owner Mark Smith passes away

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Mark Smith, owner of TriStar Motorsports, died Saturday at his home, after a long battle with cancer, the team announced Monday. He was 63.

He began his racing career building engines for his brother Jack’s drag car in the 1970s. He moved his family from the West Coast in the early 1990s to pursue a career in NASCAR. He was the owner of TriStar Motorsports and Pro Motor Engines.

TriStar Motorsports fields the No. 14 in the Xfinty Series with JJ Yeley and the No. 72 in the Cup Series with Cole Whitt. The team stated the team will continue operations under the management of Bryan Smith, son of Mark Smith.

“It was dad’s dream to own and operate a NASCAR team,” Bryan Smith said. “He devoted his life to that dream and his family plans to honor his wishes by continuing our efforts in his memory.”

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Victory Junction Gang victoryjunction.org or NOVA (National Organization for Vehicle Access, part of the BraunAbility) novafunding.org.

The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. ET, Aug. 1 at Cavin-Cook Funeral Home, Mooresville, North Carolina. They have created a Facebook page where you are encouraged to leave a story for the family to enjoy. (facebook.com/Remembering-Mark-Smith-301261653675224)

NASCAR America: Analysts break down Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr. wreck (video)

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Given how wild the Brickyard 400 played out, the big wreck between race leaders Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. wasn’t exactly surprising.

Rather, with the way the race transpired from the opening lap, was the Busch/Truex wreck almost inevitable?

Truex got loose and washed up into the left rear of Busch’s car, sending both drivers and their respective cars into the outside retaining walls, hitting hard and ending their respective days.

Check out what our NASCAR America analysts had to say about the wreck from Monday’s show in the above video.

NASCAR America: Dale Earnhardt Jr. recaps wild Brickyard 400 (video)

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On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, Dale Earnhardt Jr. — who will become part of our NBC Sports Group in 2018 — looked back on a wild and intense Brickyard 400.

Earnhardt was one of several drivers whose day came to an early ending — in Junior’s case when he ran into the back of Trevor Bayne‘s car, destroying his radiator in the process.

All the mayhem and mishaps could be linked to over-aggressive driving, Earnhardt said, saying that every driver was in “attack mode,” especially on restarts.

Check out Junior in the video above.