NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver joey Logano does not expect any payback from Danica Patrick heading into round three of the Championship Chase. The driver said during NASCAR media events for the Eliminator round that the incident at Charlotte Motor Speedway between himself and Patrick should not carry over to the upcoming race at Martinsville.
The incident occurred during the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte prior to the running of the Geico 500 at Talladega. Patrick was tenth during a late race restart when Logano made contact with her sending her backwards in the field. She ended up finishing 26th.
Logano says that any incident stemming from the Charlotte race that Danica may be angry over is a thing of the past as the two have talked since.
"We've actually talked about it since then and I feel like we’ve come to a good conclusion of what happened there," Logano said."That's in the past; that's in the mirror and we'll move forward."
What Danica Said
Shortly after the contact between Logano and Patrick is when Patrick was heard on her radio stating that she would "just love to go out and take him out." She later recanted as she conceded that it would not matter since Logano was already moving ahead in the Chase but the underlying displeasure seemed to carry over to Talladega and some thought to Martinsville.
Talladega does not offer any opportunities for driver to follow up on grudges unless in the form of blocking or not drafting with somebody you're angry with. There's just no room for error let along putting someone into a wall at such a high rate of speed.
Many thought that anyone considering paying another driver back following the race weekend at Charlotte would most likely wait until after 'Dega. That meant the question for Danica would be if she would try to get under Logano's nerve at Martinsville. Joey says that he does not fear being taken out by Danica after they talked.
"It was a racing deal," Logano said of the incident.
"She got cleared, I agree, (I) saw it happen; I was right there on the edge of it. It was one of those points I think we were both being very aggressive. She was going to try to take the spot and come down across me and I probably should have (given) at that point and I didn't. I drove into the corner wanting the spot, too. When two people want the same thing, sometimes it doesn't work."
Taking the Blame
To Logano's credit he's taking the bullet on the incident and admits that during his conversations with Patrick that he should have done things differently.
"I told her really in all honesty I probably should have backed out in that situation," Logano said about his conversation with Danica Patrick. "We're moving on from there."
It's nice to see Logano being so honest about a racing mistake as he moves forward in the Sprint Cup Championship Chase race. While he's fighting for the number one spot he realizes that Danica and her team are fighting their own battle for a good finish on her second season as a full time cup driver. Heading into Martinsville the No. 10 GoDaddy driver is sitting27th in the points standings.