Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Kevin Harvick has a problem with two Loganos

BROOKLYN, Mich. — Kevin Harvick can deal with Joey Logano's aggressive driving. He can tolerate the weekly battles on the Nationwide and Sprint Cup circuits.

Harvick can even put up with NASCAR's youngest Cup driver taking a shot at his manhood by saying Harvick's wife, DeLana, "wears the firesuit in the family."

That's all fine, to a point. Harvick's bigger concern these days is with another Logano.

Harvick blasted Logano's father, Tom, on Friday, arguing the elder Logano needs to stop meddling in his son's career after a very public dustup between the camps at last week's Cup race at Pocono Raceway.

"His father has no place in this," Harvick said. "He needs to step back and act like the rest of the dads and be happy that his kid is here. This isn't Little League baseball anymore. He just needs to stay away and act like a 50-year-old man or however old he is."

The lecture from the Cup points leader followed a series of run-ins between the drivers, the most public of which came moments after the checkered flag at Pocono.

Logano, angry at Harvick for spinning him with barely a lap left, charged to Harvick's pit box. The 20-year-old jumped out of his No. 20 Toyota and had to be restrained by members of Harvick's crew. His father was right in the middle, at one point shoving a television reporter before things calmed down.

"It's very evident who's pushing him the most and that's his dad," Harvick, 34, said. "His dad shoved him into a pile like a dog chasing after a bone."

Tom Logano was summoned to speak with series officials, but he was not reprimanded. It wasn't his first visit to the NASCAR hauler. He temporarily lost his credentials last season after making a threatening gesture toward Greg Biffle following a Nationwide race in California, a race his son won.

Logano, however, mostly defended his father: "He's always been by my side my whole life, and maybe it was a position that maybe he shouldn't have been there, but he's a father. I bet 99 percent of the fathers would've been there anyway."

Harvick contends one of the problems is Tom Logano is always there. Harvick claims the elder Logano's inability to simply let the drivers "have at it" is the problem. Harvick claims Tom Logano had physical contact with one of Harvick's public relations managers at Bristol.

When he tried to address the situation with Joey Logano before a Nationwide race at Nashville the next week, Harvick said the younger Logano blew him off.

Harvick maintains he's happy to talk things out but Logano, for the moment, doesn't appear interested. He jogged past reporters Friday after qualifying for Sunday's Cup race at Michigan to catch a ride to Kentucky for Nationwide practice.

Earlier, he stressed he wasn't trying to send a message to Harvick. He got mad and has done it before, though usually not on TV.

"It was not a big deal to me, but I think a lot of people are surprised, and they weren't ready for that," Logano said.

fast facts

Sprint Cup points

Through 14 of 36 races. The top 12 drivers through 26 races make the Chase for the Championship.

Driver Pts. Back

Kevin Harvick 2,063—

Kyle Busch 2,044 19

Denny Hamlin 1,927 136

Matt Kenseth 1,893 170

Kurt Busch 1,881 182

Jimmie Johnson 1,849 214

Jeff Gordon 1,827 236

Jeff Burton 1,803 260

Carl Edwards 1,729 334

Greg Biffle 1,727 336

Mark Martin 1,711 352

Clint Bowyer 1,686 377

Up next

Heluva Good 400, 1 p.m. Sunday, Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn

TV: TNT

Kevin Harvick has a problem with two Loganos 06/11/10 [Last modified: Saturday, June 12, 2010 1:01am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Rays let early lead get away again in loss to Angels (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — As pleased as the Rays were to win consecutive series against the contending Red Sox, Indians and Yankees and to get briefly back over .500, there was a lot of talk in the clubhouse before Monday's game against the Angels that it was time to do better.

    Tampa Bay Rays third base coach Charlie Montoyo (25) high fives designated hitter Corey Dickerson (10) as he rounds third on his lead off home run in the first inning of the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Los Angeles Angels at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Monday, May 22, 2017.
  2. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Monday's Rays-Angels game

    The Heater

    OF/DH Corey Dickerson missed out on a good birthday gift when AL player of the week honors went instead to Detroit's J.D. Martinez. Dickerson hit .385 with five homers, nine RBIs and nine runs; Martinez went .389-4-9-7 and got the nod.

  3. Rays journal: Alex Cobb learning to work with what he has

    Sports

    ST. PETERSBURG

    If this were 2012 or 2013, even 2014, RHP Alex Cobb would have problems. He would find himself working with only two of his three pitches, with the missing pitch being his trusty changeup.

    Alex Cobb, working mainly with his fastball and curveball, is 3-1 with a 2.78 ERA over his past five starts. The Rays right-hander tries to continue his strong stretch tonight against the Angels.
  4. Rays vs. Angels, 7:10 p.m. Tuesday, Tropicana Field

    The Heater

    Tonight: vs. Angels

    7:10, Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 18:  Alex Cobb #53 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait during the Tampa Bay Rays photo day on February 18, 2017 at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Floida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
  5. Fennelly: This season's Chris Archer is a pleasure to watch

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG

    At this time last season, through 10 starts, Rays pitcher Chris Archer was 3-5 on his way to 9-19.

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer (22) throwing in the first inning of the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, May 21, 2017.