DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Joey Logano said Wednesday he talked through an incident in Sunday’s Busch Clash with teammate Brad Keselowski and that he expects the disagreement to blow over without a major rift.
Keselowski was caught up in a crash late in Sunday’s exhibition after Logano made an aggressive series of blocks on Kyle Busch in their contest for the lead. Contact triggered a Turn 4 pileup, and an animated Keselowski pounded his hands against the ambulance in frustration, telling his crew, “we got destroyed by our teammate” over his in-car communications.
Wednesday, Logano tried to clear the air with the benefit of a few days’ time for any tensions to cool.
“We’ve talked and I think so. We’ll see. We’re going to have different opinions on a lot of things all the time,” Logano said, fighting through the final stages of a cold during Daytona 500 Media Day. “It’s part of racing and things like that, but I think we’ll be fine.”
Keselowski has been a prominent critic about the practice of blocking on superspeedways. Sunday, he blasted the events that led to his Clash retirement as “just dumb, dumb racing.”
Wednesday, he was slightly less vivid as he battled through his own ailment, sipping hot water with honey from his director’s chair in the media scrum. But asked about a potential wedge between teammates, he demurred.
“I think I’ve been consistent and verbal about blocking on the race track, so I don’t really have anything that I feel differently about with respect to that,” Keselowski said. “But as far as the comments specific to Joey, I’ll keep those between him and I.”
Logano said the two Team Penske teammates took in Walt Disney World earlier this week, but didn’t see each other there. In discussing the incident with Keselowski, he said it was important to share his side of the story and drill down to the cause of his ire.
“That stuff happens, but hey, we’ve been friends for a long time. We’ve been able to figure things out before,” Logano said. “He said afterwards, ‘I’m not really that worried about it. It’s going to be OK. We’re going to figure it out.’ Everything always blows by. Everything gets better all the time.”