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.