Reigning Cup Series champion Joey Logano believes that NASCAR does listen to the drivers.
Logano’s Friday comments countered those made by some of his fellow competitors earlier in the week. Monday afternoon it was Kyle Busch who raged against the rules package after Dover, following up on Wednesday by saying drivers are frustrated not feeling like they get anywhere with voicing their opinions.
Busch’s sentiments were echoed by Kevin Harvick, who said on his SiriusXM Radio show that the driver’s voices aren’t heard.
However, in challenging those comments, Logano said Friday after practice at Kansas Speedway that it isn’t just the drivers who are “in this game.”
“There are plenty of others who have a vested interest in what we do,” Logano said. “Our fans for one. It has to be a good race, it has to look good and [offer] good passing. Our TV partners will weigh in on that. Media members weigh in on that. The team owners weigh in on that. And yes, the drivers will weigh in on that.
“Do I feel like the drivers have a great view of what is happening?” Logano continued. “Yeah, probably better than anyone because you can do all the CFD (computational fluid dynamics) studies and show me all these squiggly lines, but there is nothing like real life when you get out there and actually feel it. There are only 40 people who really know what it feels like out there.
“I feel like the drivers have a good opinion of what is going on but we also have to realize, and almost take a step back, and look at it from a global view of what is best for our sport. There are a lot of good metrics going on and you guys have all seen them as far as the ratings and approvals and all that stuff. It is all trending the right way. Dover was a little different but it wasn’t awful. There was still good racing back and forth; it was just different.
“I do feel like our voice is heard,” the Penske Ford driver added. “I just feel like it is not everything and it probably shouldn’t be everything because there are other groups that need to be heard as well.”
Chase Elliott is the sport’s newest most popular driver as voted on by the fans last season. However, Elliott has always seemed to stay away from trying to sway the public with a stance one way or another when asked for his opinion on big topics in the sport.
The Hendrick Motorsports driver said he does speak up in meetings with drivers and NASCAR, but admitted he came to a realization.
“Maybe this will change as time goes, but I just don’t think that my opinion matters to the people who make the rules,” Elliott said. “Really and truly, I’m not sure that it should, right? Why do the owners and the drivers and the teams even have a voice in some of that stuff?
“When it comes down to it, just make the rules and be done with it. We’re racing. Either you like it or you don’t.”