Races at Bristol Motor Speedway have been known to get pretty contentious in years past, and as NASCAR heads to the Tennessee short track this weekend, it probably wouldn’t be all that surprising if things reached a boiling point at some point during the race.
Two drivers who will probably seek to avoid any sort of fireworks, at least between each other, are Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano. That’s because back in 2013, the two former Joe Gibbs Racing teammates had themselves quite the little dustup at the conclusion of the Food City 500, furthering a feud that had already been established earlier that season.
Frustrated after getting his No. 22 Ford bumped by Hamlin’s No. 11 Toyota late in the race and probably disappointed with his poor start as a newly signed Team Penske driver, Logano leaned into Hamlin’s cockpit to let him know just how pissed off he was. This led to some pushing and shoving between Logano’s crew and Hamlin’s crew, before both sides eventually settled down.
But it didn’t end there. For Round 2 of the fight, the two drivers took to Twitter.
Per USA Today:
The feud soon spilled over to Twitter, where Logano posted, “Hey @dennyhamlin great job protecting that genius brain of yours by keeping your helmet on.” Hamlin retorted with “Why’s that … what would u do?”, prompting @joeylogano to reply “Show you some love and appreciation.” Hamlin responded, “Need my address?” And then: “Last time I checked he had my cell and direct message button to choose from if he’s got a problem … Otherwise hush little child”
Six years after the Bristol beef, things are certainly different for Logano and Hamlin. Being last year’s champion and all, Logano has certainly come into his own as a Team Penske driver, and Hamlin is currently sitting in second place in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series standings.
So, neither drivers are necessarily out for blood at this point. Will that change at Bristol? Looks like we’ll have to wait and find out.