What Caused the Infamous Brawl Between Denny Hamlin & Joey Logano at Bristol?

Published 11/30/2021, 12:47 AM EST
Apr 10, 2021; Martinsville, Virginia, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin (11) leads Joey Logano (22) during the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Ryan Hunt-USA TODAY Sports


It is no secret that NASCAR is a hot-tempered sport. Engaging in intensely fought battles, drivers often square up in the event of a crash or so. Notably, back in 2013 at the Bristol Motor Speedway, Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano came to blows for similar reasons.

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While the two of them were battling for position, Hamlin happened to tap Logano’s rear. As a result, the new Penske driver lost control of his car and spun towards the outside wall. Infuriated, the #22 driver stormed out of his car and went to confront the Joe Gibbs Racing driver.

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There were plenty of words exchanged, and things soon escalated into a shoving match. With emotions running high, even their respective teams got involved. Apparently, Hamlin apologized over the radio, but an incensed Joey Logano was not in a forgiving mood.

What happened to Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin after the race?

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In the end, the furious Penske driver could only muster 17th place, while Hamlin finished 23rd. Apart from this chaos, it was a delight for Hendrick Motorsports’ Kasey Kahne, who won the race. He finished ahead of Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch, and Penske’s Brad Keselowski. In other words, the JGR and Penske outfits experienced contrasting fortunes for their drivers, with JGR’s Matt Kenseth in 35th.

Nov 5, 2021; Avondale, Arizona, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin during practice for the Cup Series Championship race at Phoenix Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Although understandable, it was sad to see such a situation occurring on the track. It is believed that tensions were even higher because the two of them were former teammates at Joe Gibbs Racing. Suffice to say, the display proved that there was plenty of love lost between the two drivers and rivals.

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However, now, the two of them have matured a bit as their rivalry seems to have died down a little. However, given the high intensity of the sport, it wouldn’t take much to see tempers flare once again.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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