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Logano wrecked by oldest driver on track

July 13, 2014, Staff report,

Logano: 'Slowest car on the race track took us out'

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Joey Logano looked to be having a strong run in Sunday's Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

He was riding in second place with Team Penske teammate Brad Keselowski in the lead when the No. 33 car of Morgan Shepherd came from behind and spun out Logano. 


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Shepherd was at the back of field, down a significant number of laps, while Logano was riding second at the time of the incident. Shepherd stretched his own record as the oldest driver to compete in NASCAR's top division. Shepherd set the record last July at New Hampshire at 71 years old. He had already extended the record this year with his last-place finish at Phoenix.

Logano, clearly frustrated, said about the incident, "Slowest car on the race track took us out. Go figure. We had a pretty good AutoTrader Ford. We were just doing what we can to hang in there. We were obviously running second. Brad is really, really fast. He definitely is the car to beat right now. We were just doing what we can with strategy. Keeping our car up towards the front.

"Running some good lap times. Felt like we could have a Penske 1-2 again and then just to get taken out by the slowest car. I feel like there should be a driver's test before you get out in a (Sprint) Cup car and make sure you know how to drive before you drive one, but I don't know. I guess there isn't.

"It's not NASCAR's fault that he slid up as the slowest car on the track. I don't know. If you can't control your stuff, don't even be out there. You're 10 laps down. What are you doing?

"Whatever. It is what it is. We've got our two wins. We're in the Chase. It's not the end of the world. We'll (get) it back together and go back there and run around and, I don't know, play around the rest of the day."

This wasn't the first time this weekend that Logano had wrecked.

In Friday's opening Sprint Cup Series practice Logano had a left-rear tire go down, sending his ride hard into the wall. After suffering major damage and having to go to his backup, the wreck also left Logano with a left wrist injury that he wrapped up prior to Saturday's practices.


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