Here’s How Joey Logano Predicted Crashing William Byron Way Before the Race at Darlington Even Got Underway

Published 05/13/2022, 11:15 AM EDT
DAYTONA, FL – FEBRUARY 16: Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Pennzoil Team Penske Ford Mustang Shell, fields questions from the media during Daytona 500 Media Day on February 16, 2022 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fl. (Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Here’s an interesting bit to throw in the ongoing Joey Logano-William Byron pot of controversy- the Team Penske driver might have made up his mind to ‘take revenge’ on the Hendrick Motorsports youngster way before the race at Darlington.

Just look at what Logano said after the race at Martinsville that Byron won after successfully defending against the #22.

When asked whether he wished he hit the Hendrick driver a bit harder towards the end of the race, Logano said with a chuckle, “Yeah, I do.”

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“You gotta punt them a little bit harder with this car, it seems like. It was all I can do to get to him. That was kind of the tough part. His car was superior to mine into the corner, for sure,” he continued.

“That’s where the Hendrick cars have been strong all year. They get into the corner harder than anybody. Getting to him, bumping him and me trying to make the turn was all too much and I couldn’t quite get there.”

Well, he might not have gotten to Byron in Martinsville, but he sure got to him in Darlington.

DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 15: Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, drives during practice for the NASCAR Cup Series 64th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2022 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Hendrick Motorsports legend suggests William Byron will take revenge on Joey Logano

In an interview post the race at Darlington, Jeff Gordon, the former Hendrick Motorsports driver and current Vice Chairman, described how the beef between the two drivers will be settled where it began while expressing his disappointment with having a sure-win taken from their hands.

“It’s unfortunate to see a win, be taken away from you on the last lap like that. Logano is aggressive and William’s car, I believe, was getting very very loose, so Logano had a shot at him to do it clean and he chose to do it in a different way,” he said.

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Feb 16, 2022; Daytona, FL, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Joey Logano (22) during qualifying for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

“If I was in the car, I’m not driving. Those guys will have to settle that out there. I would’ve liked to see it done different,” Gordon continued. “I’m sure Joey’s gonna justify it.”

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“William’s gonna pay back Joey at some point, that’s the way it works.”

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Shaharyar Khan Chauhan

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Shaharyar is an F1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for a better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in future.

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