Aric Almirola: Joey Logano ‘continues to make things harder on himself’

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Another race, another Cup driver mad at Joey Logano.

A week after he ticked off Martin Truex Jr. with a bump-and-run on the last lap to win at Martinsville, Logano had Aric Almirola express his displeasure with how he raced in the closing laps of Sunday’s race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Almirola was unhappy with how Lognao drove on a restart with 32 laps to go in the scheduled distance. Almirola, who started the race at the rear for an unapproved body adjustment, was third on the restart as the field entered Turn 3.

Logano was close on his outside when Almirola’s No. 10 Ford got loose and shot out of the groove and lost multiple positions. Logano finished third and Almirola placed eighth.

“He just continues to make things harder on himself,” Almirola told NBCSN. “If that is the way he wants to race me when he is already locked into (Miami) and we are out here fighting for our lives, that is fine. When (Miami) comes around if I am not in, he will know it.”

With one race left until the championship round, Almirola is seventh on the playoff grid 57 points behind the cutoff.

When asked how far he’s willing to take things with Logano over the final two races, the Stewart-Haas Racing driver said “I will just make it really difficult on him.

“He made it really difficult on me today which was really unnecessary. He could have run fourth, fifth, 11th, it doesn’t matter. He is still going to go to (Miami) and race for a championship, it is just not smart.”

Team Penske declined to comment to NBCSN on Almirola’s criticisms.

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