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The Haters Have Their Boy In Joey Logano

| Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Wednesday, October 28 2015
A lot of people are smoking mad at Joey Logano these days. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Alan Marler)

A lot of people are smoking mad at Joey Logano these days. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Alan Marler)

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

Success has not translated to love for Sprint Cup driver Joey Logano. On the contrary.

Logano, who swept the second round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup Champions by winning at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kansas Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway, said Tuesday chase 15 logothat hated from some NASCAR fans and perhaps a fellow driver or two has been his reward.

Much of the hatred, the Team Penske driver said, came by way of the social media.

“I got plenty,” Logano said when asked if he’s been subject to hate Tweets. “What’s funny is my phone blows up. I get a kick out of it. greeIf I post a picture on Instagram and then all the comments come up on my phone after I post something, the same thing on Twitter, but when the comments come up and it’s like, ‘You’re a jerk.’  And there a lot of things I can’t say right now, but I smile every time because I think it’s kind of funny because some of them are pretty creative.  I’m like, ‘You put a lot of thought into that one.  That’s a new one.’ I like the new ones. Those are good.”

Logano is in and a number of popular drivers are out as the Chase playoffs head to Martinsville this week for the opening race of the Eliminator Round.

One of those popular drivers it The Popular Driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Earnhardt failed to advance but just by inches. On a green-white-checkered restart of last weekend’s race at Talladega, Earnhardt, it appeared, was just about to pass Logano for the lead when Kevin Harvick initiated a crash that ended the race and froze the field.

Even though it was Harvick who cost Earnhardt a berth in round three, it was Logano who was the object of Junior Nation’s wrath and the target of their beer cans after Talladega.

“It’s OK,” Logano said. “I somewhat enjoy it and I somewhat take it as a compliment because if you look at it when I was getting beer cans thrown at me, thank goodness I was in a race car because it probably would have hurt, I was sitting there driving and thinking about it.  I was like, ‘Man, this is actually really cool.’  It’s the ultimate compliment in motorsports, which is a weird way to look at it because you say, ‘Man, people are throwing things at me and it’s not very nice.’

“It’s really bad when you hear someone got hurt in the stands because whoever is throwing them should be ashamed of doing that because putting someone else in danger for doing that is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard in my life.  Don’t even get me started on it, but I looked at it while we were driving and I was watching beer cans explode off my windshield and I thought, ‘This is so cool,’ because I remember when I was, I don’t know, 9-10-11-12, I saw Jeff Gordon win at Talladega and the same exact thing happened.”

Logano also took crap from some fans at Kansas when he wrecked Matt Kenseth from behind to get the win at that track.

Kenseth, now out of the Chase, was angered again by Logano at Talladega by what Joe Gibbs Racing driver considered a BS move as they were heading to pit lane.

Kenseth was heard on the radio saying, “The 22 chopped right across me. Tell that 22 I’m going to knock his ass out after the race. You tell him. Tell him to hide behind his daddy.”

With the series heading to Martinsville Raceway – NASCAR’s ultimate payback venue – this weekend, and with Kenseth in an ugly mood with nothing to lose, Logano could be headed for a date with a tow truck.

“It’s something I don’t put a whole bunch of thought into, to be honest with you, because I can’t really control it,” Logano said. “I’m not Matt Kenseth. I don’t know what goes through his mind and the way he thinks. The way he thinks is totally up to him and I respect it, but the only thing I can really control is the speed in my race car and working with my race team.  As long as we do that, that’s all we can do and whatever happens, happens.”

This week, it’s not love that’s happening for Logano.

| Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Wednesday, October 28 2015
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