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Penske says NASCAR needs to move on

Mar 27, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT

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Roger Penske (right, with Brad Keselowski) says NASCAR needs to move on after the Denny HamlinJoey Logano dustup at Auto Club Speedway.

“There’s a lot of noise about a lot of things that are said at these races,” Penske told the AP. “People are at a high pitch and I think other people need to settle down and realize that’s the sport. We’re just going to have to keep our heads on.”

Despite the incident that has left Hamlin out for six weeks, Penske still backs his driver.

“He’s still the same guy we hired six months ago, and I’m 100 percent confident that he’s going to be able to execute when he needs to be at the highest level,” Penske said.

Penske has exchanged texts with Hamlin offering well wishes, and said Hamlin and Logano had texted on their own. Logano has not yet responded to any AP interview requests.

  1. randominternetpunter - Mar 27, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Roger needs to put BK in the 500 at some point..right?

  2. worknman24hours - Mar 27, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    Penske might like that but NASCAR finally has some excitement to bring some fans back to the races.

    You can bet NASCAR’s media arm will squeeze this rock until it’s bone dry and then some.

    Just go out there and win races Joey.

    That’s what you owe the Boss.

    • icemanpjn - Mar 28, 2013 at 1:02 AM

      Motorsport fans aren’t going to come running back to NASCAR because some folks got their panties in a twist. Race fans need compelling racing to draw them in, not drama.

      • indycarseries500 - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:19 AM

        Motorsport fans need compelling racing but nope NASCAR fans just need a GWC with a big wreck followed by a fight.

  3. Matt Thorne - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    NASCAR isn’t going to be happy until a couple of guys kill each other on the track, probably taking out a fan or two in the process. WHEN (not if) it happens, NASCAR will play stupid, not understanding how this could possibly have happened and then announce they will do anything they can to prevent it from happening again, when they could prevent it in the first place by cracking down on ass-clowns like these two who are putting peoples lives in danger. I’d park them both for the season.

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