Hard-racing Newman only did what he had to do in Logano tiff
1. By now everyone has seen the latest chapter in
But it's the reason for their blow-up, and not the pleasantries themselves, that piqued my interest. Here's what Logano said after their "talk:" "He races me way too hard, he races everybody too hard. I'm not the only one that complains about it every week."
The incident occurred on Lap 148, when Logano, who claimed Newman didn't give him room to pass, got into the back of Newman's No. 39, causing him to spin out. For all intents and purposes, the run-in ended Newman's Chase as he entered the day 83 points out of the final playoff spot and ended it 103 out with three races regular-season races remaining. From that end, you understand where Newman's anger was coming from. But what about Logano's?
Even if Logano had the faster car, isn't it Newman's job to not let him pass? Isn't it Newman's job as a professional driver to fight for every track position? There's an unwritten code in NASCAR, a give and take where a driver will let the car with the advantage pass, with the hopes that when the tables are turned, the other driver will return the favor. But when you consider what Newman was racing for, can you fault him for not giving an inch to Logano, who went to Brooklyn, Mich., 21st in the standings, even if there were 52 laps remaining? Courtesies and mutual respect are admirable and I get that Newman has a track record of hard-driving, but with the pressures of making the Chase, Logano may have been expecting too much for a driver fighting for his playoff life to let up.
In an interview following his move to RPM, Ambrose spoke openly about what he called a "dream opportunity" to drive for
He'll have the luxury of working for a multiple-car operation, unlike his current team. But RPM's current lineup for next season includes just two cars, Ambrose and
On the surface it certainly seems like a lateral move as Ambrose leaves one second-tier team for another, though to Ambrose's credit RPM does look more stable than it did in April when news of
In a recent interview, Ambrose spoke to me about his obsession with panning for gold, which over the years has developed to the point where he uses heavy equipment and dynamite to search for treasure. A return to Ford and a dream pairing with Petty could work, but it certainly seems like Ambrose may be hunting treasure in the wrong shop.