Logano’s sorry but not sorry

Bumped Truex in last year’s Martinsville race

The Buffalo News - - SPORTS -

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Joey Logano of­fers un­der­stand­ing, but no apolo­gies.

Af­ter he ap­plied the bumper to Martin Truex Jr.’s Toy­ota in the fi­nal cor­ner of last year’s fall race at Martinsville Speed­way, Logano edged past Truex for the race vic­tory and a guar­an­teed berth in the Cham­pi­onship 4 event at Home­stead-Mi­ami Speed­way.

In that sea­son fi­nale, Logano went on to win his first Mon­ster En­ergy NASCAR Cup Se­ries ti­tle.

Logano un­der­stood why Truex was up­set at be­ing de­nied his first short-track win on the fi­nal lap. But Logano wasn’t sorry.

Given that the se­ries is re­turn­ing to Martinsville this week­end for the first time since last Novem­ber’s mem­o­rable race, it was in­evitable that the sub­ject of the bump-and-run would come up.

“I mean, it’s in the past at this point,” Logano said. “But I think at that point Martin texted me and, like I told you guys, he was pretty clear that he was frus­trated with the move. I un­der­stood, and I think he un­der­stood why I had to do it, and it kind of played out and worked out, but my move to him was that I didn’t wreck you. I gave the old bump-and-run.

“That hap­pened 15 times a race here at Martinsville, and that one was just a lit­tle more pop­u­lar. I think there’s a fine line. You don’t want to straight out bump some­body on pur­pose, but you also, when it comes down to the end of the race like that and there’s that much on the line, ... that was our shot to win a cham­pi­onship.

“So I think ev­ery driver has a line that they are OK with and that you can go to sleep at the end of the night and say, ‘I did what I had to do and I’m all right with it,’ and if it hap­pened to me, you have to be OK with that as well. I think that was the sit­u­a­tion for me that I was try­ing to ex­plain to him.”

Logano is on the pole for the STP 500 to­day (2 p.m., FS1).

Busch gets wins No. 201

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – A week af­ter lock­ing up his 200th NASCAR na­tional se­ries vic­tory at Auto Club Speed­way in Fontana, Calif., Kyle Busch took the first step to­ward the next cen­tury mark.

Hold­ing off chal­lenges from Ross Chas­tain and run­ner-up Ben Rhodes, Busch sur­vived a late restart in win­ning Saturday’s TruNorth Global 250 NASCAR Gan­der Out­doors Truck Se­ries race at Martinsville Speed­way.

The race ended un­der a last-lap cau­tion, af­ter Reid Wil­son’s No. 44 Chevro­let spun in Turn 4 and nosed to­ward the in­side wall. Rhodes was run­ning sec­ond when the yel­low flag waved, with reign­ing se­ries cham­pion Brett Mof­fitt third and Chas­tain fourth. The vic­tory was Busch’s sec­ond at the .526-mile short track in his own Kyle Busch Motorsports Toy­ota.

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