Logano: Exhausting emotions towards Hamlin will ‘completely’ carry over in playoffs
Joey Logano led a race-best 37 of the 165 laps Saturday evening at Daytona Worldwide Speedway, and people laps out entrance included a Stage 2 victory and the lead with seven laps remaining in regulation. The driving force of the No. 22 Staff Penske Ford was feeling good about his possibilities of capturing his second victory of 2021 and second on the 2.5-mile monitor in Daytona Seaside, Florida.
However then Logano wound up twenty third on the checkered flag in additional time.
“We had a shot to win there and the 11 simply threw a late block and fenced me after which I had a proper rear down,” Logano stated. “Fortunately, I didn’t take out the entire discipline that point, however that bought taken care of the subsequent lap, so it in all probability wouldn’t have mattered.”
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The No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota belongs to Denny Hamlin. Each Hamlin and Logano had been locked into the 2021 NASCAR Playoffs. However Hamlin was combating for the regular-season title, which he finally misplaced to Kyle Larson.
There was a wreck on Lap 158. Hamlin was listed on the warning report. Logano was not, however he was coping with the flat right-rear tire from the lap earlier than. Hamlin completed thirteenth.
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When requested whether or not onerous feels towards Hamlin will carry over into the NASCAR Playoffs, Logano stated, “Completely.”
These two have a historical past of on-track, off-track drama, most notably relationship again to Bristol Motor Speedway in 2013 and carrying over every week later at Auto Membership Speedway — a reminder of what occurred. The rivalry most not too long ago sparked again up in 2019 at Martinsville Speedway, the place the 2 tangled on pit highway and Hamlin blatantly mocked Logano on digicam after the race.
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Hamlin is seeded seventh within the 16-driver postseason discipline with 2,015 factors, whereas Logano is ninth with 2,013 factors. The playoffs start subsequent Sunday at Darlington Raceway with the Cook dinner Out Southern 500 (6 p.m. ET on NBCSN/NBC Sports activities App, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).