NASCAR: Roger Penske to ‘Sit Down With’ Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski; Aims to Avoid Daytona-Like Incident

Published 03/23/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
KANSAS CITY, KS – MAY 10: Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, and Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Wurth Ford, walk on pit road during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Digital Ally 400 at Kansas Speedway on in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)


It has been over a month since teammates Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski triggered a massive final-lap crash in the Daytona 500 after both of them had their chances to win the big race. Logano then said that he would speak to Keselowski after a few days of ‘cooling-off.’

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They did speak on the matter soon enough. However, it seems like things are not completely clear between them going ahead. Team Penske owner, Roger Penske, revealed that the two drivers still need clarity on how they would approach a similar situation in future races.

Teammates could face such a situation as the one at Daytona, any time, and Penske believes he needs not just his two most experienced drivers, but the entire team to have a clear direction on what to do in such cases.

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Feb 14, 2021; Daytona Beach, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series drivers Brad Keselowski (2), Kyle Busch (18), Joey Logano (22), Brad Keselowski (2) and Austin Cindric (33) wreck during the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Penske to speak with Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski before Talladega race

“They talked, I then followed back up with them. We’ve got a plan,” Penske said in a recent chat with the media. “I’m gonna sit down with them just face-to-face, all of them, just before Talladega. Just so we’re all running on the same page,” he added.

Both Logano and Keselowski are former Cup Series champions, who have been in such situations on a few occasions in the past. However, tempers were flaring after the massive crash at Daytona, and Penske wants to completely avoid such instances henceforth.

“I don’t think there’s anything new that will happen. But I think we just have to make an agreement on exactly how you want to play ball if you get into that same situation,” Penske continued.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA – MAY 06: Roger Penske team owner of DJR Team Penske celebrates on the podium during race 7 for the Perth SuperSprint, which is part of the Supercars Championship at Barbagallo Raceway on May 6, 2017 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

Roger Penske rues missed chance for Logano and Keselowski at Daytona

The veteran NASCAR team owner rued the missed opportunity for one of his drivers to get a Daytona 500 victory, after coming so close.

With two of us running as well as they had with half-a-mile to go. Then end up with three cars in the trash bucket. That’s what you have to expect. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a good day for us, obviously,” Penske said further.

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For now, the focus for Logano, Keselowski, and all the other Cup drivers will be on the new challenge this weekend, on the Bristol dirt track. Another Team Penske driver, Ryan Blaney got a win on Sunday at Atlanta.

The Talladega race is another month away, before which Roger Penske aims to have a detailed chat with his drivers.

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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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