Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano tangle on and off track

BRISTOL, TN - MARCH 17: Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford, gets held back by his crew member after an altercation with Denny Hamlin (not pictured), driver of the #11 FedEx Freight Toyota, after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 17, 2013 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, TN - MARCH 17:  Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford, gets held back by his crew member after an altercation with Denny Hamlin (not pictured), driver of the #11 FedEx Freight Toyota, after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 17, 2013 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, TN – MARCH 17: Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford, gets held back by his crew member after an altercation with Denny Hamlin (not pictured), driver of the #11 FedEx Freight Toyota, after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 17, 2013 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Denny Hamlin looked to be in route to his first victory of the season Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway. After starting third the Joe Gibbs Racing driver stayed inside the top five and took the lead on lap 61 of the 500 lap event.  He would hold that lead until lap 146 when lapped traffic allowed eventual race winner Kasey Kahne to take the point.

On lap 156 during a caution Hamlin won the race off pit road and retook the lead. But in lap 185 a loose wheel forced him to take it easy on his Toyota and allowed Kahne back by.  The crew was able to change the wheel during a pit stop, but on the start Hamlin fell back to 12th. He was able to regain ground and was inside the top five by lap 275. By lap 372 it was made official that Hamlin led the most laps on the day, 117.

But on lap 341 Hamlin’s day began to unravel. While in third trying to race towards the front, Hamlin came up on Joey Logano in second. As the former Joe Gibbs Racing teammates entered turn one, Hamlin appeared to slip up into Logano sending the Penske Ford into the wall. Logano would recover but was none too pleased with the move. MORE>>>

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