“You feel like you got done wrong,” said Logano of an incident at Bristol Motor Speedway that saw him crash after a bump from behind by Hamlin. “You know got spun out, so it doesn’t help that relationship. honestly.
“Did I remember who I was racing against? Yes,” said Logano. “Obviously, I know who I’m racing against and what happened a week before. But going into Turn Three on the last lap, I remember thinking, ‘I’m going to win the race.’ My number one goal (was) to go win the race.
“Did I intentionally wreck him? No, I did not intentionally do that. If I was going to do that, I would have hit him in the left-rear tire. I hit him in the door. It’s hard racing at that point (and) I hate that he got hurt.
Logano said his oft-quoted “that’s what he gets” comment immediately after the Auto Club crash “were taken way out of context. My mind wasn’t straight and I didn’t know Denny was hurt,” he insisted. “There was no way for me to know, and it got taken way out of context.
The Connecticut native said he feels the time has come for him to begin standing his ground in disputes with his fellow drivers, after years of deferring to those with most experience.
“You have to stand up for yourself,” he said. “We’re racing against the same people every weekend and you have to put your foot down and show them that you’re out here to win a race (and) stand strong. You’re doing that for your whole team.”
He also said he took post-race criticism from former series champion Tony Stewart with a grain of salt.
“(It was) the same as my comments after my race; heat of the moment,” said Logano. “In our sport, we don’t have time to take a deep breath (after the race). Give me 15 minutes to regain my thoughts, and (see) what the heck just happened. Let me watch a replay and see all this.
“I’m the same Joey Logano I’ve always been. I’m still happy-go-lucky (but) I’m very competitive. That’s never going to change.
“I’m still who I’ve always been, but I don’t get walked on.”