March Madness - meet March Road Rage.
Following the finish of Sunday's Auto Club 400 in Fontana, Calif., Tony Stewart and Joey Logano tangled in the pit area. The fun begins at the one-minute mark of this clip.
The race ended with Kyle Busch taking the checkered flag following a last-lap wreck between Logano and Denny Hamlin. The No. 11 Toyota of Hamlin hit the infield wall hard after the wreck. The wall did not have a Safer barrier and Hamlin, who was awake and alert after the crash, was airlifted to a local hospital. There was no immediate word available on his condition.
Logano blocked Stewart on the race's final restart, which may have precipitated their melee. Lagano mixed it up with Hamlin on the track and via Twitter after last week's race in Bristol, Tenn.
"What the hell do you think I was mad about," Stewart told Fox. "Dumb little son-of-bitch runs us clear down into the infield. He loves to (expletive) about everybody else and he's the one who drives like a little (expletive.) I'm gonna bust his ass."
Speaking on Fox, Logano, who is a native of Middletown, Conn., said the his move on Hamlin payback for last week. "Racing for the lead. Going for the win. That is what you’ve got to do," he said.
As far as Stewart: "That's what he gets," Logano said. "I had to throw the block there for the lead ...I wanted to block that because I knew if he put me three-wide that would be the end of my race and I wouldn’t win. I was smart enough to realize that. Then I had to just do what I had to do to get to the front and try to win the race.”
Lip-readers who saw it on Fox have no trouble figuring out what Stewart thought of the entire affair even before his post-race tirade.
NASCAR takes its traditional Easter break next weekend. Maybe tempers will cool by the next Sprint Cup race in two weeks (April 7) at Martinsville, Va. Given Stewart's reputation, Logano had better watch his back - and be careful with his Easter basket.
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