What the feud with Matt Kenseth taught Joey Logano about how to approach Kyle Busch

1 Comment

Regardless of how things turn out with Kyle Busch, Joey Logano already has handled it differently than the last time he was embroiled in a high-profile feud.

When Logano made a phone call Tuesday to Kyle Busch to hash out what happened on the final lap at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (and prompted Busch to throw a punch), he corrected what he and crew chief Todd Gordon considered the biggest error of how they handled an upset Matt Kenseth at Kansas Speedway during the 2015 playoffs.

After bumping Kenseth out of the lead for the victory, Logano didn’t call the Joe Gibbs Racing driver. Three weeks later, Kenseth earned a two-race suspension for wrecking Logano from the lead at Martinsville Speedway (and effectively ending the Team Penske driver’s championship hopes).

In an interview a month ago with NBC Sports, Gordon said he made a mistake in advising his driver to stay away from Kenseth – and he predicted Logano would handle things differently if it happened again.

“I probably steered him the wrong way on how we handled the Kansas incident,” Gordon told NBC Sports. “He asked me what I thought, and what we did and how we handled it. My impression (and) how I read the situation, I steered him the wrong way.

“Matt made the comment he didn’t want to hear from him, and I kind of helped push the ‘don’t feed a fire that doesn’t want to be talked to,’ but in hindsight, I think all those situations, no matter what somebody says, they need to be defused. I probably made a mistake on that one.”

In an FS1 interview Tuesday, Logano said he called Busch to “at least tell him my side of the story.”’

NASCAR has indicated that officials will meet with Logano and Busch at Phoenix International Raceway before practice begins Friday. It announced Wednesday there would be no penalties stemming from the incident.

Gordon said he and Logano talked about the Kenseth incident in the offseason before 2016.

“I think it was a learning experience that he’s only gotten better from,” Gordon said. “Everything in life, we all get knocked down before we have to get back up and be successful. I hate that it happened the way it did. In hindsight, I wish I’d did it differently.

“It was a learning experience for me and him as well. And I know if that situation happened today, we would handle it much differently. Joey wouldn’t need me to tell him. At that point (in 2015), we were just … in the maturity of understanding the racing world, probably missed it a little bit. And I’ll shoulder some of that. I probably will shoulder more of it than (Logano).”

NASCAR on NBC podcast, Ep. 90: Roger Slack

Leave a comment

Eldora Speedway general manager Roger Slack joined the NASCAR on NBC podcast to discuss his track’s past, present and possible future with NASCAR.

Slack detailed the run-up to the initial “secret” test with Tony Stewart and Richard Childress Racing’s Austin Dillon that led to scheduling a Camping World Truck Series race that recently completed its fifth edition.

Slack also discussed the storied history of Eldora, which opened in 1954 and was bought by Stewart 50 years later.

You can listen to the podcast by clicking on the AudioBoom embed below or download and subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts by clicking here. The free subscription will provide automatic downloads of new episodes to your smartphone.

It also is available on Stitcher by clicking here and also can be found on Google Play, Spotify and a host of other smartphone apps.

NASCAR America: How Daniel Suarez found out he was replacing Carl Edwards (video)

1 Comment

On Wednesday’s edition of NASCAR America, Daniel Suarez recalled the moment he got the call that he was being promoted to replace Carl Edwards in the NASCAR Cup Series at Joe Gibbs Racing.

Suarez was at dinner back home in Mexico with family and friends when JGR officials called and him to be ready for a teleconference in a few moments.

Suarez stepped away, telling his dinner partners he’d be back shortly — which ultimately lasted 40 minutes.

When he returned to the dinner table, he couldn’t tell anything about the phone call — JGR officials swore him to secrecy — but he eventually revealed that he had been promoted to the NASCAR Cup Series to replace Edwards, who had decided to take a hiatus from his racing career.

Check out the video above.

 

 

NASCAR America: What Joe Gibbs Racing teammates really think of each other (video)

Leave a comment

Daniel Suarez appeared on Wednesday’s live broadcast of NASCAR America from the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina,

One of the funniest segments of Suarez’s visit was a video and verbal collage of how much he and his fellow Joe Gibbs Racing teammates really think of each other — all in good humor, of course.

Check out the video above where Suarez, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch answer the “tough questions” about themselves, as well as how they feel about their fellow teammates.

NASCAR America: Daniel Suarez’s journey from Mexico and VW Beetles to NASCAR champion (video)

Leave a comment

In winning last year’s Xfinity Series championship, Mexican native Daniel Suarez became NASCAR’s first international champion.

It was the culmination of a journey that began with his father and, interestingly enough, Volkswagen Beetles.

Check out Suarez’s story and the thoughts about his success and prowess by our NASCAR America analysts in the video above.

Speaking of VW Beetles, Suarez’s father sold his restoration shop to fund his son’s racing dream. Years later, Daniel repaid his father by purchasing a new restoration shop for him. See the video below.