“Game Has Changed a Lot” – Joey Logano Dismisses Notion That He Is the Only Aggressive NASCAR Cup Driver

Published 04/03/2021, 8:00 AM EDT
Mar 29, 2021; Bristol, TN, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin (11) and driver Joey Logano (22) during the Food City Dirt Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports


Joey Logano won the historic Bristol dirt race earlier this week after a tense battle with Denny Hamlin. He tried to make a clean pass on Logano for the win and was not interested in racing him hard unnecessarily. However, this move did not work out.

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When asked about his decision to not be aggressive and pass through Logano for the win, Hamlin said he does not have the mentality to race that way; the Joe Gibbs Racing star declared he does not race as Logano does.

However, Joey does not agree with the sentiment that he is the only aggressive driver on the circuit. He admitted that he was the first to adopt the ‘aggressive driving style,’ but times have changed now.

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“I feel like everybody is aggressive right now. Honestly, when I look at what everybody is doing on the racetrack, maybe I was the first to it, so that reputation stuck with me,” Logano said in response to Hamlin.

Mar 7, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Joey Logano (22) leads driver Brad Keselowski (2) driver Kyle Larson (5) driver Chase Elliott (9) and driver Ryan Blaney (12) during the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Joey Logano highlights aggressive approach across the NASCAR Cup field

The Team Penske star said he makes it a point to re-watch all the races the Cup field runs every week. As per Logano’s assessment, every driver makes aggressive moves, especially with the 550 rules package. In fact, Logano feels he needs to be even more aggressive sometimes.

Look at the restarts, it’s insane. I promise you I am not the most aggressive guy on the racetrack anymore. There’s times I look at it and say maybe I need to be more aggressive. The game has changed a lot,” he expressed further.

“Nobody gives up spots. There’s not much give-and-take out there on the racetrack anymore. We’re racing,” he added.

That reputation is not the most truthful thing, feels Logano

Logano got the reputation of being the most aggressive driver around as he introduced that style of racing on a consistent basis about half a decade ago. However, he believes many drivers have emulated that style, so it isn’t fair to say he is the only one doing so.

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Logano simply calls it ‘racing,’ and he feels that’s what the fans buy tickets to see – some good racing. “That might be a reputation that stays with me, but I don’t feel like it’s the most truthful thing anymore these days.”

WATKINS GLEN, NY – AUGUST 06: Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, sits in his car during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series I Love NY 355 at The Glen at Watkins Glen International on August 6, 2017 in Watkins Glen, New York. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

While the debate on aggression on the race track will continue, the fact of the matter is that Logano now also has a NASCAR win on dirt. It was a much-anticipated race on this season’s calendar and Logano ran a well-measured race to emerge victorious.

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Aayush Majumdar

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Aayush Majumdar is a NASCAR content strategist, a Tennis Writer, and a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. He is well-tenured as a tennis and NASCAR writer, with over 900 articles across both sports. After pursuing a Post Graduate program in Sports Management, Aayush explored various roles in Sports Media, including a Sports Reporting role at a leading English daily.

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