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O’Donnell on Logano-Hamlin scrap: ‘We’ll probably have to take some action’

first_imgGordon joined SiriusXM later in the morning for his weekly appearance and delivered his take.“I probably take some of the ownership myself to start with,” Gordon said. “Stopped Joey when he got out of the car and he’s frustrated. He got run up in the wall with 50 to go and was frustrated about it and justifiably so. I went back and rewatched it. He pretty much got put in the wall on a straightaway. There’s frustration with that. …“The direction that our organization has is separate drivers. We don’t want to have drivers beating on each other. We’ve had the conversation internally, we want situations diffused and separated. Unfortunately, in this situation that happened there, the separation was with too much power afterwards and I don’t think the crew member … he was trying to separate the drivers and did so with probably more force than he anticipated and he’s regretful of that.“See what NASCAR does that and where it goes. There weren’t any punches or anything pulled. Denny got pulled out there and got pulled down pretty hard. Apologized to Denny for that and how that was handled. Ultimately, I’ll put that one back on me to start with. I shouldn’t have let Joey down there to start with. I probably made a poor decision in letting him go down and talk.” 00:0000:0000:00LIVEFacebookTwitterEmailEmbedSETTINGS_SPEEDSPEED_NORMALSETTINGS_AUTOPLAY NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell hinted Monday morning on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that a penalty was likely coming following a pit-road fracas between Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin that saw a crew member from the No. 22 team take Hamlin to the ground.“We know emotions are going to run high, especially at this time of the season,” O’Donnell said during his weekly morning appearance. “We don’t encourage it, but we know the drivers are going to address each other after the race when they have an incident. Then unfortunately, instead of breaking up a fight, I think what we saw was an aggressive move by a crew member. … I think in this case, you have a crew member who was maybe trying to break it up, but certainly an aggressive move we viewed on our part and unfortunately, we’ll probably have to take some action to address that today or tomorrow.”MORE: Logano, Hamlin square offThe two drivers had a pointed but relatively calm talk after Sunday’s Round of 8 opener, attempting to sort out the late-race contact that caused a tire rub and eventually a spin for Logano’s Team Penske No. 22 Ford. The difference of opinion seemed to reach a stalemate until Logano added a chat-ending smack to Hamlin’s right shoulder.Hamlin took exception, lunging toward the retreating Logano as crew members interceded. In the video above, you can see a crew member for the No. 22 team yank Hamlin backward to the ground as he pulls the drivers apart.“I think in this case, you had a crew member who I think honestly didn’t realize the force with which he made that move,” O’Donnell added.NASCAR officials called that crew member, who has not been identified, along with No. 22 crew chief Todd Gordon (also on the video attempting to de-escalate the situation) and Team Penske Competition Director Travis Geisler to the hauler for a chat following the pit-road incident.“We have some light drivers and some big crew members,” O’Donnell said. “And unfortunately  that’s what happens when those situations take place. I think (Team Penske) understands what’s coming. It’s not something we want to see or encourage, but we’ll have to address it.”last_img read more