Kyle Busch & Joey Logano Get Sarcastic After Being Overlooked by NASCAR Docuseries

Published 02/04/2024, 3:46 PM EST

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NASCAR stars Kyle Busch and Joey Logano threw playful shade at the trending new Netflix docuseries ‘NASCAR: Full Speed’. The five-part docuseries exclusive by Netflix covered the lives of multiple drivers during the 2023 NASCAR Playoffs. However, it also missed out on covering some prominent ones and it seems the snubbed ones finally got their moment to take a sly dig at the series.

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Although Denny Hamlin emerged victorious at the 2024 Busch Light Clash, much of the attention was focused on NASCAR’s last-minute decision to bring Sunday’s race forward to Saturday. Logano (P4), Ryan Blaney (P3), and Busch (P2) put on strong performances on the quarter-mile temporary circuit with Busch securing his third consecutive podium finish in the exhibition event. But what happened next off the track becomes an interesting topic of conversation.

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During the post-race press conference, Robert Edelstein of TV Guide Magazine questioned the drivers on their impressions regarding their representation, with the focus shifting to the recently released docu-series.

With a hint of irony, two-time Cup winner Busch was quick to retort, “I came across amazing. I think I was the star of the show… how about you guys?” His sarcastic tone reflected the fact that he didn’t receive almost any screen time in the series.

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To this, Team Penske driver Ryan Blaney, sitting alongside Busch replied sarcastically, “I loved watching you in it…” The 2023 Champion went on to highlight the series’ ability to provide viewers with an alternative viewpoint on the game itself while exposing the highly personal nature of the playoffs.

Logano, meanwhile, had a different beef with Netflix as he expressed, “I wish they did it one year sooner [for 2022, where he won the title]. Of course, he [Blaney] likes it. He won the championship, and it’s cool. I had a hard time after the second episode. Watching myself get knocked out of the playoffs again and at that point, I couldn’t watch anymore. I couldn’t handle doing it again.”

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Some drivers were put in the limelight, but many were left in the background, inciting speculations regarding how stories are told in sports documentaries. The trending appeal of “Full Speed” further indicates its ability to massively influence the sport’s narrative arc as NASCAR grows in markets outside the States.

Connor Schell, Libby Geist, and Aaron Cohen of Words + Pictures and a diverse production crew set out on an arduous playoff journey, meticulously tracking drivers like Hamlin, Blaney, Kyle Larson, and others. The series sought to engage both diehard fans and newbies, with NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Jr serving as one of the executive producers.

As per Forbes, Cohen stressed the program’s goal of appealing to a wide range of fan bases. He announced, “It’s such a great sport that has such a rabid hardcore fan base, and there’s a whole group of casual fans. That’s the goal of the show: to serve all of those populations.” 

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Nevertheless, “Full Speed” was successful in presenting many compelling narratives during the limited ten-week playoff window. And it looks like the missed storylines will only bring fans back with even more anticipation. 

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Amman Augustin

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Amman Augustin is a NASCAR Writer at EssentiallySports. With his coverage majorly focusing on the lavish off-track lives of drivers, Amman often brings the lesser-known side of Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick to their fans. Another aspect of NASCAR where he flourishes is covering rivalries between competitors.
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Ranvijay Singh

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