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Logano: Passing Gilliland “not that big a deal at all”

Sep 12, 2013, 6:15 PM EDT

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Joey Logano had the opportunity to speak Thursday, at NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup media advance at Chicago’s Navy Pier, for the first time since a potential controversy involving his team emerged Wednesday.

News broke then regarding radio chatter involving his No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford for Penske Racing and team communications from the No. 38 Front Row Motorsports Ford, driven by David Gilliland.

The radio chatter was solely issued by Front Row, not Penske, and Logano hadn’t even heard anything about the situation until he landed at a NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup pre-advance in New Hampshire.

“I landed there and my phone started blowing up,” Logano said Thursday. “I was like, ‘What’s going on?’ It was all new stuff to me. There was no transcript on our radio.”

Logano said communications between spotters happens all the time, and he didn’t think much of the situation.

“That stuff happens week-in and week-out with spotters,” Logano said. “If we didn’t pass the 38 car, we were still 10th in points, so it had no change in the outcome. I don’t look at it as that big a deal at all, to be honest.”

Asked if he was concerned that any penalties could be coming, Logano said he wasn’t and was instead focused on trying to win this weekend. He won the NASCAR Nationwide Series race there early this year.

Furthermore, he dismissed suggestions that he and the No. 22 team weren’t worthy of Logano’s first career Chase spot on merit, forgetting what happened Saturday night when he and the team missed the setup.

“We have one win, eight top fives and 13 or 14 top-10s. If you look at those numbers, that’s every bit of top three or four this year,” he said. “I don’t feel bad about being in the Chase at all. We deserve to be in if you look at those numbers. Then the bonus points you get from being 10th. We’re in the Chase, we’re here to race, and we deserve it.”

  1. rodneyjewell18 - Sep 12, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    What Joey failed to mention is that the only reason he was sitting 10th in points is because of the antics of Bowyer & Vickers. Before Bowyers “on-purpose” spin to cheat for his teammate Truex, Joey was out of the Chase. So Joey can thank the snake in the grass drivers at MWR for him being in the Chase. Joey and team 22 were choking away their Chase hopes until MWR got involved. Gordon was busy earning the Chase on the track and had it until Bowyer started cheating. Gordon deserves to be in the Chase before Logano. Clint is a clown and MWR is full of cheating idiots.

  2. maxxzem - Sep 12, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    Nascar fan or not. Sign this, let nascar know you stand for fairness.

    http://www.change.org/petitions/nascar-disqualify-clint-bowyer-and-joey-logano-from-the-chase-and-add-jeff-gordon

  3. maxxzem - Sep 12, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Reblogged this on MaxM.

  4. mjv1313 - Sep 13, 2013 at 6:32 AM

    Maybe this is just karma for Jeff wrecking Bowyer last hear and taking Joey out in the process. Oh sweet justice. Jeff doesn’t deserve to be in the chase and needs to stop whining. Be a man and move on!

  5. theracefan - Sep 13, 2013 at 6:47 AM

    Plain and simple, make this the last year of the chase. Make it clear to France (if he’s sober) that this is not a stick and ball sport. The old points system worked better. It was not broken and did not need fixing. If he needs a playoff let him take his half a billion NASCAR has made him and go buy a stick and ball team and turn NASCAR over to his uncle or his sister.

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