MADISON, Illinois — Joey Logano says that extra must be executed to guard pit crew members after Denny Hamlin clipped considered one of Logano’s tire changers in final weekend’s Coca-Cola 600, an incident Logano labeled a “dirty move.”
Hamlin, who received the Coca-Cola 600, stated he was not conscious that he made contact with Tanner Andrews. The entrance tire changer will probably be again on pit street this weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway for Logano’s crew.
“We changed the way we did our pit stop to try to allow (Hamlin) to not clip our guys,” Logano stated Friday after posting the quickest lap in observe.
Logano stated he didn’t see a necessity for Hamlin to chop it so shut coming into his stall.
“The changer is down on the ground with his back to a car and gets his heels run over,” Logano stated. “For one, I don’t think there was any reason for it because (Hamlin) had an opening out, so I think that’s just a dirty move.
“But the facts are, I think, there needs to be a penalty for it. There needs to be a rule made for it to protect our pit crew. If you’re outside your (pit) box you’re on your own, I get that, but I think if you’re inside your box, you’re in your house, you should be protected in your home. I think we should just explore it.
“I don’t have the answer for it. It’s simple when I say it like that, but there’s a million different things that can happen and draw penalties. I think we need to protect our pit crew better because we shouldn’t be grazing people and stuff like that to gain a competitive advantage because that is very unsafe when you’re playing big race cars against humans.”
Asked to elucidate why he felt Hamlin’s actions constituted a “dirty move,” Logano stated:
“I’m not really sure it was worth it for (Hamlin). He didn’t need to do that. He wasn’t trying to get out around somebody, so I don’t think he needed to do that. But facts are he did.
“I’m not going to run over his guy because he ran over my guy. I’m not going to hit some innocent person with a 3,500-pound car. I don’t have that in me to do it. I can’t do it, but I do think we need to come up with a way to prevent that from happening.
“It goes both ways, don’t get me wrong. The pit crews go out extra wide to try to screw up other pit crews and stuff like that so you can’t get into your stall. The game is played on both sides, but we need to eliminate that because we’re playing in traffic.
“We need to figure out a way to do that. I have a couple of ideas, but I’m not a pit crew guy. I’m a driver, I know what I see out there. I just want those guys protected. I don’t want people getting hurt for a competitive advantage.”
Hamlin instructed of Logano’s feedback responded by saying:
“He chose to pit behind me. Shouldn’t pit in the No. 2 stall. If you run well, you’re going to have guys going around you. The thing is these guys try to swing out super wide.
“I always try to be respectful when I’m coming around someone, never try to get close to anyone. Certainly I try to give room. He was running a little better than I was at the time, and I had to keep going around him.
“He chose the second stall. We didn’t place him there. That was something he chose. When you choose to put yourself around cars that you think are going to go fast, you open yourself up to that stuff happening. I’m sure he’s hit crew guys before. I don’t even want to swipe at a guy, but they swing so wide now to try to get into position that it’s a product of it.”
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