Penske defends Logano's move on Truex

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Penske defends Logano's move on Truex

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Penske defends Logano's move on Truex

Team owner Roger Penske defended Joey Logano after the contact made on the last lap at Martinsville Speedway.

Logano bumped Martin Truex Jr. going into Turn 3 to get side-by-side with Truex coming off Turn 4. The two then made door-to-door contact with Logano able to pull away for the win.

Truex called it a cheap move, but Penske adamantly disagreed.

“He’s a racer and should know better than to say that,” Penske said. “That was as clean a shot as you can have in a race like this. … As far as I’m concerned, that’s just a comment that I don’t think we deserve. We’ll race him day after day.

“Stirring some controversy that he’s trying to spread, but from my perspective, Joey drove a great race. The team won on pit road; you can see that how many times he got out front. Leading the number of laps shows the kind of car we had and the job that Todd [crew chief Todd Gordon] and the team did. That’s my position.”

Gordon exchanged words with Truex’s crew chief Cole Pearn as the two crossed paths on pit road after the checkered flag. Gordon felt the last lap was the product of short-track racing and the championship format.

“It’s rubbing, it’s racing,” said Gordon. “When you put a prize that’s a guaranteed ticket to the Championship 4 on this race, you’re going to have that kind of racing. I think that’s just kind of what the atmosphere creates.

“To Roger’s point, we came off of Turn 4 side-by-side. It’s not like somebody ended up out in the wall and spun out. There’s a huge prize there. You have to race hard for it.”

Logano and Gordon have now advanced to the title race for the third time in five years.

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