Newman vs. Logano - The Sequel

Ryan Newman and Joey Logano

Newman: "He raced me really poorly and lack of respect-wise. That doesn't go very far with me." (Photo: Getty Images)

Ryan Newman and Joey Logano have renewed their feud that started a couple of years ago.

The two drivers have not seen eye-to-eye during their Sprint Cup Series careers with one of their more celebrated run-ins taking place at Michigan International Speedway two years ago.

After the two exchanged heated words in the garage area after that August race and had to be eventually separated by a NASCAR official, Newman said, “ I'm good. I'm just trying to teach the little kid how to drive.”

Those words were echoed in Saturday night’s Quaker State 400 when the two tangled once again.

Newman touched the rear bumper of Logano’s car as they raced down the frontstretch in the first half of the race at Kentucky Speedway. The impact sent Logano into Clint Bowyer, who was trying to stay clear of the melee on the inside of the racetrack.

Miraculously the trio managed to keep control of their cars after all the contact and continue, at least at the time.

Newman eventually blew an engine and spun into the wall to exit the race on lap 208 and was saddled with a 32nd-place finish.

But he was quick to voice his displeasure over his earlier on track encounter with Logano.

"He lost control in the middle of three and four,” said Newman. “I got into the back of him on accident, but I mean that is part of it. He lost control in the first place," Newman said. "I went to go drive around the outside of him and I don't know if he was halfway blocking me or what. ... Then he raced me really poorly and lack of respect-wise. That doesn't go very far with me, you can see from my past I react to that.

"He's got a few things to learn and I'm going to have to be the one who teaches him."

Not surprisingly Logano had a different view of the situation and was unclear why Newman had a problem.

“We didn’t have the best car out there tonight but it was getting better and Jason (Ratcliff, crew chief) and the guys were making the right calls,” said Logano. T"he 39 car just ran all over us in the middle of the front straightaway for no apparent reason. He had a run on us and just ran right into the back of us. That caused me to go down and hit the 15 car and pretty much ruined both of our nights.”

Logano’s night ended in a 21st-place finish and he pointed to the damage from the incident as the culprit.

“After that, the car was too loose and we couldn’t catch a caution to come in and fix the damage so we went a lap down,” Logano said. “Once we got that caution and fixed the car, it was back to ok and we got ourselves in the Lucky Dog spot but just never got another caution.

“At the end, we could have made it to 12th or 13th or maybe even into the top 10, but just never got a chance to get back on the lead lap. We never quit and that's why we work hard for days like today. It didn't screw up my focus any, which is what you want on rough nights like this.”

We’ll have to wait and see if more rough nights involving the two drivers lie ahead.

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