Dale Earnhardt Jr. became the second Sprint Cup driver this week to say that Joey Logano‘s comments after his run-in with Matt Kenseth at Kansas Speedway likely contributed to Kenseth wrecking him last weekend at Martinsville Speedway.
Jeff Gordon said earlier this week on the “Dan Patrick Show” that Logano could have handled the situation after Kansas better.
Earnhardt made his comments on the Dale Jr. Download.
“I thought (Logano) was pretty aggressive at Kansas, but what did him in was kind of how he handled it afterward,” Earnhardt said. “He said things that would piss off anybody that just got wrecked by him. What he said after the fact was what bothered Matt the most. It’s a difficult situation to handle if you’re Joey. After you punt somebody it’s a fine line to walk, and I guess he didn’t walk that the way Matt thought he should have.”
Earnhardt and Gordon did not say what comments by Logano could be viewed as agitating.
Logano defended his actions after winning Kansas.
“It was good, hard racing,” Logano said in victory lane that day. “We were racing each other really hard, and I got in the fence twice on the straightaways. He raced me hard, and I raced him hard back. That’s hard racing. That’s the way I race. If I get raced like that, I’ll race the same way. That’s how I’ve always been and it will always be that way.”
Earnhardt said that Kenseth wrecking Logano was eye-opening for how violent it was.
“Man, them guys hit that wall hard,” Earnhardt said. “They all went in there hard. I could not believe what I was seeing. I’ve seen guys get wrecked, but damn, he put that (expletive) in the fence. Anyhow, don’t wreck Matt, don’t piss Matt. That’s what you get.”