The big showdown at the Phoenix Raceway is not far away. The nerves will affect all four Cup Series championship contenders when they take to the track on Sunday. But will it get to the limit that drivers will bump each other in order to push forward and take the lead? Team Penske man Joey Logano certainly feels that could be the case.
Logano is quoted as saying, “Very well it can happen a lot easier. You seen what happened at Martinsville last week (with Kevin Harvick wrecking Kyle Busch on the last lap to try to advance and was not penalized by NASCAR).”
Indeed, the clash between Harvick and Busch was a particular talking point after last weekend’s race at Martinsville. That led to Harvick getting eliminated, with Denny Hamlin taking that final playoff spot.
“Shoot, I was running fifth or so in the beginning of the race. They’re rooting and gauging each other out 20, 30 laps into the race, running into each other.”
“Oh, boy, this is going to get crazy. That was just to get into the Championship 4. Imagine what it’s going to be to win the championship itself in Phoenix.” concluded Logano.
Logano is obviously no stranger to the subjective shunting in NASCAR racing. His aggressive style of play saw him execute a classic bump and run on Martin Truex Jr, back in the 2018 championship campaign.
NASCAR’s decision to move the season finale from Homestead to Phoenix will definitely suit competitors like Logano. This is because there may not be enough chances for contenders to build a comfortable time gap, owing to the track structure.
One of the other championship fighters, Brad Keselowski, had previously called out Logano for dumb racing. Then again, everything works in NASCAR as long as you are within the rules.
Regardless, Logano has been in this exact position once before in 2018. Considering that campaign ended in a title win, he will hope that 2020 is a year that sees history repeat itself.