A week ago, NASCAR driver Joey Logano crashed William Byron to win at Darlington Raceway
Last week, on a restart with 26 laps to go, William Byron ran wide and forced Joey Logano into the wall. Byron took the lead and looked to be heading to victory.
Read the new comments from Joey Logano and William Byron as they reflect on last week below.
As Byron led Darlington, Logano was seeing red. The angry racecar driver found speed in the closing laps. At the same time, the handling on Byron’s car was going away.
With two laps to go, Logano was on the bumper of Byron. He lined him up and shoved him into turn three. Byron missed the corner completely with the contact and slammed the outside wall.
Joey Logano went to victory lane. Byron limped his car across the finish line with both right side tires flat.
Joey Logano says they’re even
“What happened last week happened,” Joey Logano told Bob Pockrass on Saturday.
Logano added, “I still stand by the things like I said last week. I got fenced, I retaliated and I won the race. … I won’t get pushed around. So in my book, we’re back to even. We reset and go again.”
“Honestly, if he wants to keep going back and forth, I’ll keep swinging. I don’t think that’s a good play for him in the long run.”
“I feel like we’re even. If he was willing to take the lead that way. I was willing to take the lead back, the same way.”
Logano concluded, “He can keep going. But, I promise you, I’ll keep going and go bigger, every time.”
This is far from the first feud for Joey Logano. The veteran driver has previous had run-ins with Denny Hamlin, Tony Stewart
William Byron says they’re not even
“No, no,” Byron responded on whether the drivers were even.
However, that doesn’t mean that Byron is headhunting. Byron was asked specifically about future retaliation.
“No, I just said it wasn’t even,” Byron said.
He detailed, “As soon as we got in for practice here, you’re on to the next thing. But you don’t forget how people race.”
Byron was running a throwback scheme to Jeff Gordon.
Jeff Gordon commented
Last week, Jeff Gordon was asked what he thought about the move. Jeff Gordon works for Hendrick Motorsports.
“William’s car was getting really loose. Logano has a shot at his, to do it clean and chose to do it a different way,” Gordon told Frontstretch what he thought of the move.
“That’s Cup racing. It was a wild day, tore up a bunch of cars.”
“I wasn’t in the car, I’m not driving,. Those guys have to settle it out there” Gordon explained what he thought of the move.
“I would have liked to have seen it done differently. I’m sure Joey’s going to justify it. And, William’s got a payback coming to Joey, I’m sure, at some point. That’s the way it works.
“A win is important, it’s hard to come by. But, you think about running into the back of a guy at a Martinsville or something like that. But, you don’t really see that at a Darlington. That’s the only thing that makes this one stand out.”
The NASCAR Cup Series is back in action today. The drivers are set to take the green flag at Kansas Speedway.