Look, no one's got more respect for Tony Stewart, as both a man and a racer, than I do. And his whole Joey Logano rant at Fontana yesterday was, let's face it, quality entertainment.
Challenging the guy to a hockey-style fight. Calling him "nothing but a little rich kid that's never had to work in his life" because Logano's racing career was bankrolled by his daddy, who owns a waste management business. Saying Logano threw a water bottle at him "like a little girl."
Vintage Smoke. Of course, it doesn't change the fact Roger Penske is right about all of this.
Listen. It's unfortunate Logano and Denny Hamlin carried last week's dust-up at Bristol into this week, and even more unfortunate that Hamlin ended taking a hard hit into the inside wall that sent him to the hospital for an overnight stay.
But I've watched the video of the incident a couple of times now. And you know what I saw?
I saw a couple of guys racing each other hard. That's it.
I saw two drivers literally going door-handle-to-door-handle for the win, bumpin' and bangin', same as every hotshoe who's ever come down the NASCAR pike has done at one time or another. Both drivers were banging on each other. Both took themselves out of it doing so, handing the race to Kyle Busch. It's just dumb luck and physics that Logano managed to save his ride and Hamlin wasn't able to.
And that blocking Stewart was all hot about?
Please. All Logano did was squeeze him when he tried to go underneath him -- same as Stewart himself has done a thousand times. That, people, is simply racing. Where's it say you're just supposed to move over and let the guy go past you?
And as for the "hockey fight" stuff ...
Well, that's just simply hilarious. I mean, have you seen these guys go at it in the pits? None of 'em can fight a lick. So, yeah, I'm with Smoke. I'd love to see NASCAR just let 'em go at it like in hockey.
It'd be ... oh, I don't know. Like watching a couple of little girls, maybe?