Joey Logano and Martin Truex Jr offer arguments for/against the bump and run move in NASCAR

Martin Truex Jr: “I try to race the way I want to be raced. Sometimes, I clearly get taken advantage of because of that.”

Joey Logano and Martin Truex Jr raced hard for the final ten laps at Martinsville Speedway. A race win and thus advancement into the NASCAR championship race was on the line.

Truex raced him clean. At least, as clean as he could given the circumstances. Coming to the white flag, Logano lifted and gave up on the top groove. This handed the lead to Truex just as they took the white flag. Though, he was far from waving the white flag of defeat. All hell was about to break loose.

Heading into the final corner, Logano lined up the bumper of Truex and pushed him up the hill. It’s a move we’ve all seen a million times. Crash or not, it’s still going to make the highlight reels in the years to come. And that’s exactly why it’s great for the sport.

The two drivers banged wheels all the way to the finish line. The fans stood, invested in what they were seeing. Fender pieces went flying, but everybody crossed the finish line.

Logano is heading to Homestead-Miami Speedway with a chance at a championship. Truex loaded up with a 3rd place finish in the race and he stands 3rd on the NASCAR playoff points sheet.

Yet, the move pulled by Logano is up for debate and probably always will be. Some are going to like it, some aren’t. It’s less about the move and who you like.

Watch the video of the final laps at Martinsville Speedway here.

Martin Truex Jr at Texas Motor Speedway
FORT WORTH, TX – NOVEMBER 02: Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Bass Prso Shops/5-hour ENERGY Toyota, stands in the garage area during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 2, 2018 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Getty Images)

Martin Truex Jr on the bump and run

Martin Truex Jr is attempting to set and maintain the unwritten rule book of race driver practices. Truex feels the other drivers have taken note of that and used it against him. Ironically, drivers used to say the same thing about Joey Logano when he first joined the NACSAR Cup Series division.

“I try to do things the right way,” Truex commented.

“I try to race the way I want to be raced. Sometimes I clearly get taken advantage of because of that, but at the end of the day I know that when I beat a guy it’s because I out-drove him it’s not because I took a cheap shot and ran into him. That’s my way of thinking.”

“Some people disagree with it. Some people think it’s perfectly fine to knock somebody out of the way to get a win. In my opinion, it’s not.”

“It’s just not the way I’ve ever done it, whether it’s go-karts when I was a kid or raced in modifieds, it doesn’t matter what it was, it was the way I was taught to race.”

“You race fair. You race clean. You race as hard as you can and try to beat the guy straight up. I can say that every single win I ever had, I earned it,” Truex concluded.

Related: Martin Truex Jr reached out to Joey Logano after the race at Martinsville Speedway

Joey Logano in Victory Lane at Martinsville Speedway
MARTINSVILLE, VA – OCTOBER 28: Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway on October 28, 2018 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Logano on the bump and run at Martinsville Speedway

Joey Logano collected the check and the trophy. He did what he had to do to win the race. Truex had the butter car but Logano went into turn three with a refuse to lose attitude. Now, he has a guaranteed chance at a much larger prize.

“That bump and run move. Although, that was probably the most popular one of the whole race because it was for the win on the last lap. But, I’m pretty sure it happened about 10-15 times before that. [Those] did not get covered,” Logano stated as the series unloaded at Texas Motor Speedway the week following.

“It is a classic move in NASCAR. It happens a lot, every time we go there. Whether it’s on lap 20 or lap 499.”

All the greats have done it. There’s a list: Earnhardt, Gordon, Waltrip, Wallace. I saw Jeff Gordon do it to Rusty Wallace at Bristol Motor Speedway. In fact, I saw it from Gordon to Wallace multiple times, in the same corner and at the same track.

“It is something I’ve seen plenty of times by a lot of greats in our sport,” Logano continued. “I’m not trying to compare myself to Dale Earnhardt. I know I’ll never be who Dale Earnhardt is. I want to be the best Joey Logano I can be. Not the best Earnhardt or Gordon, whoever they are.”

“Does that solidify the move any? I don’t know, maybe. It is something that I grew up watching on TV as a kid,” Logano concluded.


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