Last weekend in Daytona it was nothing more than a crash fest that NASCAR tried to call a Sprint Cup Series Race. A 16-car wreck early and and 26-car wreck late were responsible for damaging almost the entire field. Sunday in New Hampshire things should have been and ultimately were a lot different; for everyone except Joey Logano that is.
Logano was running in the 2nd position with less than 100 laps to go when he got tangled with the lapped machine of Morgan Shepherd. At the time of contact Logano was trying to pass the lapped car in an effort to keep pace with the race leader. At the time of the contact Shepherd was one of the slowest cars on the track. After the incident Logano was not very happy with how Shepherd raced him on the track.
I got taken out by the slowest car out there. You would think there would be some courtesy to the leaders. We were in second place. He gets out of the way on the straightaway and then goes into the corner and slides right up into the lane I was in. Whatever. I don’t know. We will fix it and go at it again. Daytona is Daytona and everyone else crashed but this week – we were doing a good job after having a left rear flat in practice and we were running second with our backup car. I can’t get too mad at ourselves over this. It is just dumb that it happened. I feel like that should be stuff that shouldn’t happen at this level of racing.
As a result of the wreck Logano wound up finishing in the 40th position. The poor finish also dropped him three spots in the point standings to ninth.
The incident between Logano and Shepherd has brought into question the role of older drivers continuing to run races in the Sprint Cup Series. Shepherd is 72 years old and there are many fans who feel that he may not have the capabilities to continue running at the sports highest level. NASCAR is a grueling sport and one that some feel requires a driver to race week in and week out to remain sharp. While it seems to me that Shepherd simply made a mistake that any driver could have made, others will chalk it up to his age or his declining level of skill.