On Wednesday it was announced NASCAR would not penalize anyone involved in the post-race fight between Kyle Busch and Joey Logano.
Today, Parker Kligerman and Steve Letarte discussed the decision and the meeting the drivers will have with NASCAR Friday at Phoenix Raceway.
“It’s a byproduct of racing the same drivers week in and week out,” Parker Kligerman said. “It’s one of those things that illustrates again though the passion these drivers put in to it … and when it’s taken away, we’re upset.”
The drivers will meet face-to-face with NASCAR prior to practice on Friday to discuss the incident.
“The meeting is very necessary,” Steve Letarte said, noting how a lack of a meeting in 2015 likely led to the escalation of a feud between Logano and Matt Kenseth. “The meeting will be private, but the trip to and from the NASCAR trailer will be very public. … It’s going to be a great opportunity for Steve O’Donnell, perhaps some other upper brass of NASCAR to sit the two drivers down, maybe even the crew chiefs, perhaps even the owners if they’re in town.”
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It’s no secret that Jimmie Johnson is off to a slow start in 2017.
The defending and seven-time NASCAR Cup champion has a starting average of 21.8 and a finishing average of 18.8 in the first five races of this season.
He has just one top-10 finish (ninth at Phoenix), along with 34th at Daytona, 19th at Atlanta, 11th at Las Vegas and 21st Sunday at Fontana.
And let’s not forget he’s 17th in the NASCAR Cup standings heading to one of his strongest tracks, Martinsville Speedway, this Sunday.
On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, we discussed this: After such a slow start to the season, is there a cause for concern over Johnson’s performance?
On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin shared his experience of racing in his home state of Arkansas, as well as the excitement he feels watching Kyle Larson compete in the Cup series.
Kyle Larson‘s spectacular weekend at Auto Club Speedway — winning both Saturday’s Xfinity Series race and Sunday’s Auto Club 400 NASCAR Cup event — left him feeling good.
But shortly upon exiting the facility, Larson and several others were involved in a fender-bender right outside the Speedway. Larson was a passenger, not the driver.
No one was injured, Larson tweeted.
But somehow, isn’t that strange fate?
Kyle Larson finally broke his streak of three straight runner-up finishes with his win in Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway.
On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, the crew discussed his win as well as his maturation as a driver.