“We Both Respect Each Other’s Abilities” – Joey Logano on his Rivalry with Kyle Busch

Published 06/20/2021, 12:47 PM EDT
SONOMA, CA – JUNE 24: Joey Logano, driver of the #20 The Home Depot Toyota, speaks with Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Pretzel Toyota, during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway on June 24, 2011 in Sonoma, California. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)


It is fairly well-known in NASCAR circles that Kyle Busch and Joey Logano are very fierce rivals. However, their rivalry is based more on notoriety, as they have been involved in clashes and brawls. These altercations normally stem from Logano bumping into Busch or vice-versa. Of course, they also traded plenty of verbal barbs at each other in the heat of the moment.

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Speaking about their relationship, Logano said, “We’re both probably going to race the heck out of each other. I can’t say I like him a whole bunch. You’re probably going to end up racing each other pretty hard, but I think we both respect each other’s abilities. I respect Kyle Busch as a fantastic race car driver.”

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The Penske driver acknowledged that he and Busch will always race each other hard. They have been battling each other for the championship for a while now. Naturally, Logano does not see why that should change now.

Will Joey Logano and Kyle Busch stay away from each other?

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Unfortunately, there are no guarantees that they will not collide with each other. Everything depends on where they end up on the grid after qualifying. If Logano and Busch are next to each other or in close proximity, the chances of a collision and subsequent altercation are high.

SPARTA, KY – JULY 07: Kyle Busch (L), driver of the #18 M&M’s Toyota, talks with Joey Logano (R), driver of the #20 The Home Depot Toyota, in the garage during testing for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Kentucky Speedway on July 7, 2011 in Sparta, Kentucky. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

To be honest, Kyle Busch is infamous for his temper and he didn’t earn the nickname ‘Rowdy’ for nothing. On the other end of the scale, the Team Penske and Joe Gibbs Racing outfits will definitely warn the two drivers. With the Hendrick Motorsports quartet starting to dominate, Penske and JGR need all hands on deck. The driver to watch out for is Kyle Larson, and everyone will be keen to stop the #5 driver. The question is, can Joey Logano and Kyle Busch keep things clean?

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