Does Anyone In NASCAR Actually Like Joey Logano?

For that matter does the dude even have any fans? What is it about Joey Logano that makes damn near everyone hate him? Sure there is the way he races which is isn’t exactly reckless but it is definitely very aggressive. The man habitually straddles the line and is often right in the thick of things when shit goes sideways.

He had a chance at a Championship ruined because he took out Matt Kenseth ending his championship chances. Kenseth is one of the more mild mannered drivers, and yet Logano managed to bring out the devil inside him. At Martinsville Kenseth got his revenge, spinning Logano out while Logano was leading. It was straight out of Days of Thunder.

The most recent incident saw him ruffle the feathers of Kyle Busch. The two were involved in a last lap incident that erased the chances of Busch finishing in the Top Five. Busch was not pleased and after the race walked right on over to Logano, and punched him in the face.

I mean you got to admire NASCAR for letting this happen. I mean it was obvious where Busch was headed and it was obvious he had bad intentions. I mean Busch walks right past an official, found Joey and Punched him. Imagine if F1 drivers were allowed this kind of freedom. Imagine Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel throwing hands over an in race incident. Either way, here is the video of the incident:


The call could go either way. Did Joey Get loose? Did he go too far trying to take air off of Kyle’s spoiler? Tough to call but I think you can figure out which way Kyle saw it.

“I got dumped,” Busch said. “Flat out just drove straight in the corner and wrecked me. That’s how Joey races, so he’s going to get it.”

That goes back to Logano’s style, it is not one conducive to making friends. So he finds himself in these situations and usually he gets the worse of them even if Kyle ended up bloody on Sunday. For the record I don’t think that was a result of anything Joey did, probably one of his crew members or even old man Penske himself. Roger is someone nobody fucks with because the dude is legit. Seriously if Logano and Penske fought I’d take the old man 10 out of 10 times.

Logano said post race all the usual things. I was just racing, it wasn’t intentional, he could have wrecked me in turn 3, blah blah blah. Thing is even if Joey wasn’t at fault his track record begs to differ. He races on the line and often crosses it. All the other drivers know this so every time there’s contact it causes an issue. He no longer gets anything resembling a benefit of the doubt.

Logano has been afforded every single advantage in his career. Started out on a Championship team replacing Tony Stewart at Joe Gibbs Racing. After doing what amounted to diddly squat for a few years he was let go and walked ass backwards into a drive with Roger Penske. Penske was on the rise but not there yet at this point. Penske quickly figured out NASCAR and now his team is one of the best in the business. As they improved so did Logano. Make no mistake Joey Logano has talent, but he’s had lady luck on his side to get to this point in his career.

Through it all the dude hasn’t come across thankful, he comes across like a spoiled brat who no matter what deserves the best. He would hide behind his team when he messed up early on in his career and does much of the same now as well. Yes, he does stand up for himself a little bit now but watch how quick his team leaps in to rescue him anytime words fail and fists fly.

Joey Logano is my least favorite driver in any and all forms of Motorsport. He just continuously does things that make me not like him. I don’t think he did anything wrong on Sunday and yet I’m glad Kyle punched him right in his smug face.

Written by Chad Kennedy

Chad burst from the womb wearing a racing suit and a helmet. Chad's passion for cars is in his very DNA. His father was a gear head and passed on the tradition through owning such classics as a '66 Mustang and a '59 Corvette all while taking him to various race tracks in the area. Chad likes to wrench on his rides whenever possible, forgoing the stealership. Chad is an avid motorsports fan with particular interest in endurance/sports car racing. When not online writing for Shifting Lanes, you can find him working at the local golf course teaching people how to swing or hooning a golf cart at impossible speeds.


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