Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski had been the primary two drivers to take the white flag on the 2021 Daytona 500. Each knew full properly they hadn’t gained something but. And a couple of.5 miles later they proved it when the Penske teammates began a giant chain-reaction accident on the ultimate turns that ended any hopes of victory.
After the race, Keselowski made a remark that pointed the finger at his teammate. A number of days later, Logano admitted the pair weren’t on talking phrases following the incident. Keselowski, who gained the Cup Collection in 2012 however has by no means gained a Daytona 500, has lastly addressed the scenario.
Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano concerned in fiery Daytona 500 crash
Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano each appeared primed to win the Daytona 500. The Penske drivers had fared properly all through the race and stayed close to the entrance.
Within the race’s closing laps, Logano held the lead, with Keselowski lingering not far behind all the time within the prime 5. With two laps to go, Keselowski made his transfer, dropping down low, and taking pictures previous Kevin Harvick, earlier than his teammate slid down in entrance of him placing on the block.
Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski entered the ultimate lap, holding on to first and second with a line of vehicles stacked up proper behind them. Keselowski made a few strikes to the excessive facet and again down, every time, Logano blocked him.
Because the pair reached the ultimate two turns, Keselowski made a rapid transfer to slip beneath Logano, however the No. 22 automobile moved down with him, but once more. Besides this time, Keselowski nudged the left rear of Logano, sending his teammate taking pictures all the way down to the left, whereas his automobile veered arduous proper, slamming into the wall, a fireball enveloping him.
Michael McDowell benefitted from the Penske crew’s mishap and shot by the center to say his first-ever Cup Collection win on the Daytona 500.
Joey Logano admits he and Brad Keselowski aren’t on talking phrases
Following the race, Brad Keselowski was interviewed about what occurred on the ultimate lap. The 2012 Cup Collection champion knew who wasn’t at fault for the accident.
“Had a giant run down the again stretch. Needed to make the move to win the Daytona 500,” Keselowski mentioned. “It ended up actually unhealthy. I don’t really feel like I made a mistake, however [I] can’t drive everybody else’s automobile. … Needed to run, made the transfer, it simply didn’t work out.”
A few days afterward NASCAR RaceHub, Joey Logano provided up his ideas on how he noticed the ultimate lap unfold. The 2015 Daytona 500 winner mentioned in his eyes, it was nothing greater than arduous racing. When requested by present host Adam Alexander if he and his teammate had talked in regards to the incident, Logano’s non-answer was a solution.
“I’m positive we’ll,” he replied. When Jeff Gordon referred to as him out and mentioned that reply indicated the pair hadn’t talked, Logano addressed it.
“I believe we’ve bought to chill off,” Logano admitted. “We’ve bought the cool-down machine plugged in proper now.”
Keselowski responds to beef
Throughout Sunday’s broadcast of the Dixie Vodka 400, Fox announcer Mike Pleasure mentioned the strained relationship between Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano. He mentioned Roger Penske indicated in a current interview that he deliberate on assembly with all of his drivers earlier than the subsequent superspeedway race at Talladega and speaking about what they need to do in that sort of scenario.
This week, Keselowski joined Chase Elliott and Martin Truex Jr. in Austin at COTA to run tire exams for the vehicles forward of the Might 23 NASCAR race. Keselowski was requested the place issues stood between the 2 drivers.
“I can’t return and alter every little thing that occurred at Daytona. However he and I talked about it, and we’ll determine methods to make it higher transferring ahead.”
Whereas Brad Keselowski acknowledged they talked, he additionally admitted there was nonetheless work to be finished. He and Joey Logano have had conflicts previously and managed to beat them. They’ll should discover a approach to do it once more. And it in all probability gained’t be the final time.