AVONDALE, AZ - After the incident on pit road that happened in the closing laps during the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway between Kyle Busch and Joey Logano a week ago, the two drivers met this morning at Phoenix International Raceway in the NASCAR hauler to discuss what went down in Sin City.
“Everything’s great. I’m just ready to get back in my racecar,” Busch told FOX Sports 1 and the rest of the media scrum outside the MENCS hauler. “Looking forward to a fantastic weekend in Phoenix, back to the racetrack.”
While the No. 18 Toyota driver didn’t have much to say, Logano, driver of the No. 22 Ford briefly explained what they discussed in the meeting. “I just tried to explain that I made a mistake (going) underneath him (Busch),” Logano told various media outlets. “He asked for some data and I was able to show him that. That it was pretty clear that’s what happened. We’ll move on. Time will tell. Nothing I could do except plead my case and say it was an honest mistake, hard racing.”
Logano approved of the meeting and what was said. “I think it always helps to talk face-to-face,” he said. “There’s texting and there’s phone calls and then there’s face-to-face. Old school face-to-face usually works the best.”
NASCAR’s Steve O’Donnell also spoke once the meeting had concluded. “To hear where drivers really stand is helpful,” he told FS1. “The ultimate goal is to make them clear of our expectations moving forward as we head into this weekend.”
O’Donnell explained that last week’s ordeal did not seem intentional or negative. “In this case, we saw two drivers racing hard for position,” he said. “We’d make the same call again this weekend if we saw a very similar thing coming out of turn four for position. That’s what NASCAR was built on.”
Logano will have more to say in the Phoenix International Raceway media center later this afternoon.