Aric Almirola was not pleased with the way Joey Logano raced him in the closing laps of Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.
The Stewart-Haas Racing driver was frustrated with what he felt was an unnecessary battle with Logano, who has already clinched a spot in the Championship 4 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway after his win last week at Martinsville Speedway.
Almirola finished eighth on Sunday and is below the cutline to advance with one race remaining in the Round of 8 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.
“We were a third place car and that restart there where we finally were in position we fought all day from the back and started at the tail and worked diligently all day to get up to the front and finally got ourselves in position to at least have a shot and race with those guys,” Almirola said of the final restart of the day. “The 22 (Logano) just went down in turn three and put it right on my door and about wrecked us both. I am not sure. I will have to talk to him.
“He just continues to make things harder on himself. If that is the way he wants to race me when he is already locked into Homestead and we are out here fighting for our lives, that is fine. When Homestead comes around if I am not in, he will know it.”
Asked how far he’s willing to take his stance, Almirola was quick to answer.
“I will just make it really difficult on him,” he said.
“He made it really difficult on me today which was really unnecessary. He could have run fourth, fifth, 11th, it doesn’t matter. He is still going to go to Homestead and race for a championship, it is just not smart.”