Joey Logano Reaches NASCAR Puberty While the Harvick's Have a Meltdown

Sal Sigala Jr.Senior Analyst IJune 11, 2010

ROSSBURG, OH - JUNE 09:  Joey Logano, driver of the #20 Home Depot late model Toyota, stands on pit road prior to the Gillette Fusion ProGlide Prelude to the Dream at Eldora Speedway on June 9, 2010 in Rossburg, Ohio.  (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for True Speed Communication)
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Keeping in mind that each one of the drivers spends more time in the garage area and they easily see and hear more than you or I, you have to wonder if the statement from Joe Gibbs driver Joey Logano could merit some sort of validity.

"His wife wears the firesuit in the family and tells him what to do. It's probably not his fault," said Logano during a post-race interview.

Logano who was clearly upset with Richard Childress driver Kevin Harvick for once again dumping him for no reason, stepped up to the plate and stood his ground while shedding his little boy image.

No sooner did Logano finish speaking his peace, and the NASCAR boards lit up with praise for the 20-year-old for finally standing up to a driver who has a reputation for dumping others just to gain a spot or two.

Along with the praise came the comments from the fans, saying that Logano’s statement was an insult to Harvick’s wife DeLana.

Now if indeed he insulted her, why didn’t her husband step up to defend her?

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How many of you would sit back and let your loved one be insulted in front of not just a few people, but in front of millions of fans?

DeLana could have easily stayed above the fray, but instead she fired back by printing up "I wear the firesuit in the family" t-shirts for sale on her husband's website—her way of lowering herself to Logano’s standards, especially after she tweeted, “with age comes wisdom & respect... Enough said.”

DeLana claims that a bell went off that led to the printing of the t-shirts, but the only bell that went off was the one Logano rung with his comment.

Don’t think for a second that these shirts were made as a playful gesture, they were made out of spite. She became a very angry person, especially since the shirts were only printed up in women's sizes.

Instead of being the bigger person and letting it go, she fell hook, line, and sinker for one of the oldest tricks in the book and Logano has every right to pat himself on the back for getting a reaction out of her.

Not only did she react out of spite with her gesture, but she's put herself out there by attacking a driver, and now she can be considered "one of the boys" which means she is fair game for other drivers to take aim.

When looking back to Sunday’s incident, Harvick could have easily avoided the contact; instead he dumped Logano in the same fashion as he did earlier in the season at Bristol during a Nationwide race.

How quickly one forgets that in order to gain respect, there comes a time when you have to act like a veteran and show the younger drivers the meaning of the word.

Instead he comes out with this comment, while forgetting that he was at one time in Logano’s shoes.

"He just races without giving people any respect and not much room," Harvick said after Sunday's race.

"So we just wound up getting together. It's unfortunate, but that's the way it goes."

While Harvick thought he was teaching Logano the meaning of respect, his actions actually sent a message of hypocritical double standards that exist on the track.

Harvick’s frustration with Logano can almost be traced to his own shortcomings which began last season, when he told his boss Richard Childress that he wanted out of his contract.

Harvick had his future all mapped out thinking he was going to take his long time sponsor Shell/Pennzoil over to Stewart Haas Racing, without first checking to make sure they were all on the same page.

Childress made it clear that Harvick was going nowhere, and he would have to honor the last year of his contract.

At about the same time Harvick was trying to get out of his final year at RCR, Richard Petty Motorsports driver Kasey Kahne was venting his desire to leave the team and do some searching of his own for greener pastures.

With Harvick and Kahne both seeking free agency after the 2010 season, the consensus floating around the sport was which driver would be the bigger commodity once the bidding war started.

Well the war never got started, but instead Shell/Pennzoil announced that it no longer wanted the services of Harvick, which instantly dropped his value to the point that he had no other choice but to take whatever RCR was willing to offer.

In the meantime, Kahne became the big winner when Rick Hendrick almost immediately signed Kahne to a multi-year contract, once he found out RPM would allow him to sign with another team.

Of course this couldn’t have sat too well with Harvick, who not only had to eat his words by resigning with a team he wanted nothing to do with last season, but he also lost a sponsor in the process.

While Logano’s popularity is heading north, stock in Harvick is rapidly moving south, and it’s no wonder there were no rumors floating around last season that teams were inquiring of his services.

Instead, he started his own thinking that Stewart Haas Racing would be knocking down his door trying to get at him, but he ended up right back where he started at RCR while Kahne moved on to greener pastures.

In Sunday’s race, Logano had Harvick beat, which once again didn’t sit too well with him as was the case at Bristol when Harvick used the same line as he did on Sunday. “He kept chopping down on me, and it just worked out the way it did,” Harvick said after his fifth-place finish at Bristol.

Harvick finished it off with his infamous, “I don’t feel like he gave me any room.”

Whatever problem Harvick has with Logano is becoming more and more apparent, especially when he waits for the last lap to dump him.

“It was for fifth place, so I don’t know what he was doing,” said Logano after being dumped by Harvick for the second time this season.

Logano also added that, “It wasn’t for the win. We ran together clean for almost the whole race and then he dumps me on the last lap. I don’t understand what he was thinking.”

Words along with actions can sometimes be taken as a misconstrued notion, but in this case you have to wonder how much truth there is since actions do speak louder words.

Logano only reacted to Harvick’s actions, and it could very well be Harvick hasn’t accepted the fact there is a new breed of younger drivers who are hungry to carry the torch.

With the attention being shifted to the younger drivers such as Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, along with Kasey Kahne, maybe as a friendly gesture Logano could take some time to thank Harvick for helping him become one of the boys.

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