Logano's Move Makes Martin Mad

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Martin took issue with the way Joey Logano raced him in the closing laps of Sunday's Pocono 400 Presented by #NASCAR. (Photo: Getty Images)

While Mark Martin congratulated Joey Logano for winning Sunday’s Pocono 400 Presented by #NASCAR, he was less than pleased with what turned out to be the winning move.

Martin has long been a supporter of Logano’s career, credited by many for helping the young driver find his way into NASCAR.  Watching Logano become successful is not a surprise to Martin.

“We've always known since I saw him drive at 11 years old that he could be a Cup champion.  I knew it then,” Martin said.

However, Martin didn’t appreciate Logano making contact with his rear bumper only four laps from the finish Sunday as the duo raced for the top spot.  That impact allowed Logano to slip by Martin for the lead and drive on to take the checkered flag.

Although the veteran driver accepted the turn of events, he still wasn’t happy about what took place.

“Well, I'd call that a bump and run,” Martin said.  “It's been acceptable in this racing for a long time.  It's not how I would have done it but certainly if I'd have had a fast enough car, he would have gotten a return.  But I couldn't quite keep up with him.

“It was great racing and everybody does what they're - what they decide to do.  It was a great race and I'm very, very proud of my team for putting me in something that would give me a shot.  I'm having fun with it.  Maybe next week, we'll be the ones with the trophy.”

The second-place finish kept Martin winless at Pocono in 51 starts and was his seventh career runner-up performance.

But the Michael Waltrip Racing driver doesn’t believe he’s due any kind of divine intervention because of his longevity at the track.

“You're not owed this stuff, man,” Martin said.  “I've earned all those second-place finishes and I'm proud of them.  You're not entitled.  You've got to go get 'em.”

Although Martin has raced at Pocono for decades, Sunday’s event was the first at 400 miles in track history.  But as far as Martin was concerned, it’s still the same old Pocono.

“I couldn't tell any difference,” Martin said.  "Seemed like a pretty long race ... plenty long enough.”

Martin did notice something different about the 2.5-mile track.  He felt the brand new asphalt racing surface, Pocono’s first repave since 1995, performed like a champ.

“Huge shout-out to Pocono Raceway and the paving company,” Martin said.  “I don't think it would be possible to have a first race event this good - better than this one.  I only hope and pray that Michigan (next weekend) races as well as this did. This was just absolutely the best I can ever remember for new pavement.”

The next stop on the Sprint Cup Series schedule will be next Sunday's Quicken Loans 400 on the newly paved Michigan International Speedway oval.

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