relantel wrote:NASCAR says no penalties out of Cali, either from 11/22 incident or Logano-Stewart fight.
Which is the right call. I don't share your neutral opinion on Logano though, and I am not really a Hamlin fan at all. I know Hamlin got into Logano coming to the white, but I thought he bumped him on a straightaway? Logano was WAY too aggressive driving the car down in the corner, and shuffled right up into Hamlin to start that accident.
I am not a fan of Logano at all though, ever since the "sliced bread" crap started.
I don't care for Logano either. I'm ok with Penske but only due being a fan of BK before his move there (was extension of his connection to Earnhardt/JRM). I really haven't pulled for Gibbs since they left for Toyota, benefitting from Toyota in year 2 when everyone else (such as MWR) struggled through year 1 just to make races. Well, that combined with their dump of Bobby Labonte.
I think a phrase an old-timer might have used about the last lap for Joey was he "ran out of talent". I've seen similar things happen to Kyle Busch earlier in his career... Joey drove it in too hard and couldn't make it stick. Hamlin fans will see it as intentional. Given their Bristol spat, I can't discount it as a possibility, but if it was, that makes Logano a better driver than I have heretofore given him credit for. I still think had Hamlin worried about the hard-charging 18 car, and been up near the wall, he likely would have avoided the loose 22 car. Of course, with the speed of the 18, the 18 may have simply punted the 11 out of the way to win. Long story short, both drivers had room on the track to give, and neither gave. It cost them both the win. The spring 08 Richmond race was quite similar in that regard - the 18 turned the 88 but the 18 was higher off the bottom than he needed to be, and the 88 wasn't as high as he could have been. Bowyer slipped by to win that one - this was the Hamlin stop on the track rather than pit with a tire problem late, causing a yellow that without it would have seen the 88 in VL, after DH had led the first 380 laps. The 18/88 wreck wasn't 11's fault, but without the 11 stopping, it never happens. So Hamlin's been not high on my list for a number of years, except when running head to head with the 48. Never really cared for the 48. Even 5 years in to Hendrick for Earnhardt and I find it hard to be for the 24/48. But I've found myself in a position to be just that, when up against certain drivers. Kind of like how I hated DW, until DW drove the 1 for DEI in 98 when Steve Park got hurt. That mellowed me on DW.