At the rate he’s going, Team Penske driver Joey Logano soon will have shared unpleasantries with each Joe Gibbs Racing driver currently competing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
After Logano’s post-race fight with Kyle Busch on Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, rookie Daniel Suarez now is the sole Cup driver at JGR that hasn’t exchanged either physical or verbal jabs with Logano. Regardless of who’s at fault in each incident, it’s pretty humorous that Logano repeatedly has found himself in the ring with JGR drivers.
In case your memory is a little foggy, we’ve gone ahead and recapped some of Logano’s most memorable spats with JGR.
Logano vs. Denny Hamlin
Logano was racing strong in the 2013 Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, that is until Hamlin nudged Logano from behind and ended his day. Logano wasn’t happy, and made his way over to Hamlin after the race to air his grievances.
But things didn’t end there. One week later, at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., Hamlin and Logano got tangled up during during the final lap of the Auto Club 400, with Logano causing Hamlin to spin out. Hamlin got the worst of the wreck, as he wound up needing medical attention. After the race, Logano found himself in a dust up with long-time JGR driver Tony Stewart.
Logano vs. Matt Kenseth
We probably haven’t seen the last of this rivalry. It all started in in the fall of 2015 at Kansas Speedway when Logano made an aggressive play on Kenseth during the final laps of the Hollywood Casino 400.
Kenseth, who after the incident said he no longer was a fan of Logano, got his revenge one week later at Martinsville Speedway. With less than 50 laps remaining and Logano leading in the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500, Kenseth wrecked Logano, sending both into the wall.
And although it wasn’t as dramatic as the previous incidents, Logano’s confrontation with Kenseth after the 2016 Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway felt like it was one more finger-point away from boiling over. Kenseth was upset Logano pushed him out of line during the race, and let an apparently amused Logano know about it after the race.
Logano vs. Busch
Last, but certainly not least, is Logano’s battle with Busch at LVMS. Busch sought out Logano following the race, as he was upset after a last-lap collision between the two sent the No. 18 into the wall. It still isn’t clear whether Logano took any punches, but Busch’s bloody forehead shows just how nasty things were at the bottom of the pile.
We’re certainly not advocating for violence, but a Logano vs. Suarez battle certainly could put a bow on this heated NASCAR rivalry.