Truex 'Toast' After Incident With Logano
By: Pete Pistone - @PPistone | MRN.com on March 20, 2016 | 10:49 P.M. EST
“There was a lot of right-side damage to the car, and we were pretty much toast after that incident. Not sure what he was thinking about at the time, but that hit spoiled our day." (Photo: Getty Images)
Martin Truex Jr. had a good day turn bad when he was involved in an incident with Joey Logano on lap 151 in Sunday’s Auto Club 400.
Both drivers were inside the top 10 at Auto Club Speedway and battling for position as they raced through the first and second turns. Logano came up to the rear bumper of Truex Jr.’s car, which got loose and made contact with the wall.
It was unclear whether there was contact between the two, but each driver offered their view.
“We had a good run going until the No. 22 (Logano) put our car into the fence,” Truex Jr. said. “There was a lot of right-side damage to the car, and we were pretty much toast after that incident. Not sure what he was thinking about at the time, but that hit spoiled our day.
“We went from being a contender to the back of the field. Really frustrating to have a good car and not have anything to show for it. I think we were running in or close to the top five when the 22 rammed our Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Toyota."
Truex Jr. finished 32nd.
Logano did take blame for the incident.
“It was completely my fault,” he said. “I was gonna go in on the outside of him and he was gonna go in on the top as well and I just ended up being right on him. We never touched each other, but just taking the air off these cars makes them uncontrollable. I didn’t mean to do that. I was gonna try to go to the top and I just got a little bit close to him and got him free, so I’m taking the hit on that one.”
“I was in a decent spot. I was gonna try everything I could to try to get a run and do what I had to do, but I just spun the tires. I don’t know why. It didn’t really do that all day.”
Despite his acceptance of blame, Truex Jr.’s crew chief Cole Pearn was not pleased with the outcome based on this Tweet:
“I guess @joeylogano can't see through his squinty douchy eyes.”
Pearn issued the following statement Sunday night.
“Well, I guess you shouldn’t tweet when you’re mad. My apologies for being over the line.”