Ever since his run-in with Joey Logano on Sunday, Ryan Newman has been taking a lot of flak from race fans.
Some fans have called him whiny, while others have even resorted to calling him a “bad teammate”. My question following Sunday’s incident is what in the world did Ryan Newman do wrong?
Let’s take a look back at the incident, and then discuss:
For starters, Newman is racing for a Chase spot, while Logano is not. Logano, though not intentionally, did wreck Newman. In my opinion, that’s not such a big deal. It was a racing incident. However, there is a part of this exchange that, as a long-time Logano supporter, troubles me.
At the 2:10 mark of the video, Logano mumbles the words “I tried to talk to him about (racing hard), but he didn’t want to hear it.”
Whoa, whoa, whoa. Timeout.
I gather from this, as would just about every other educated NASCAR fan, that Logano actually tried to go up to Newman and talk to him about racing hard after Logano wrecked Newman.
That means Newman didn’t initiate the argument; Logano did.
Second, why is Logano trying to tell Newman how to drive? Logano is a 20-year old, second-year driver, while Newman has been racing full-time on the Cup circuit since 2002. If anything, perhaps Logano should be taking advice from Newman; not giving it.
Finally, Logano, like several other Sprint Cup Series drivers, needs to get over the fact that it’s called a “race”. That means guys are supposed to “race” each other for position, whether it be first or 15th, for 200 laps, or 300 laps, or whatever the allotted distance may be. Not play follow-the-leader or just let people pass you.
If you look at all the facts from Sunday’s incident, you will notice that Joey Logano is the one who needs to just chill out. Ryan Newman did absolutely nothing wrong. You don’t believe me? Watch the above video.