Joey Logano apologized to Ricky Stenhouse Jr. for the early contact at the Dover International Speedway that damaged Stenhouse Jr’s car. A multi-car wreckage occurred as early as the seventh lap at Dover on Sunday in NASCAR‘s second race of a doubleheader weekend. It all started with the incident between the two drivers.
Joey Logano was coming in behind Stenhouse Jr’s on Turn 3 and they were running in close quarters. As they approached Turn 4, Logano made contact with the left rear quarter panel of Stenhouse Jr’s No. 47 car. Stenhouse Jr spun before hitting the wall hard, resulting in heavy damage to his car.
Logano admitted that it was his mistake that caused the wreck. “I screwed up. I really don’t know any better way to put it,” Logano said after the race.
“We race each other hard. I was trying to make the bottom work. My car was tight at the two-thirds and I got a little loose down into (Turn) 3 which kind of set me up the race track,” he added.
“There’s a pocket of air that if your front is really close to someone’s left rear tire, the nose really takes off. I’m not making any excuses for the mistake, it’s on me. But I got in that pocket and the nose just really started going.
“It just started going up the race track,” Logano further explained.
Logano, who drives the No. 22 Ford for Team Penske, said that the contact was very minimal but enough to spin Stenhouse Jr. around. He opined that he should have been further away from Stenhouse Jr.
“I apologize to him, his race team, and the others involved. I got myself in a tight spot and I didn’t do a good job getting out of it,” Logano expressed.
Others involved in the wreck with Logano and Stenhouse Jr., were Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch, Joey Gase, and Garrett Smithley. It ended Elliott’s race just after six laps as his car saw suffered substantial damage.
Gase and Smithley both spun just behind Stenhouse Jr. Elliott made contact with Busch behind them. Meanwhile, Logano brushed the incident aside and held on to finish in sixth place.