Wreck in Busch Clash causes friction between Penske teammates

DAYTONA, FL - FEBRUARY 09: A crash involving Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Joe Gibbs Racing M&Ms Toyota Camry, and Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Team Penske Shell Pennzoil Ford Mustang, during the Busch Clash at DAYTONA on February 9, 2020 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fl. (Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

After a six-car wreck on Lap 66 eliminated him from Sunday’s Bush Clash at Daytona International Speedway, Brad Keselowski took aim at Joey Logano, his Team Penske teammate.

Logano had taken the lead on Lap 59 and was attempting to block a run from Kyle Busch seven laps later. As Logano moved down the track, the nose of Busch’s car tapped the left side of Logano’s rear bumper, turning Logano.

With his lane blocked at the top of the track, Keselowski drove into the wreck. Ultimately, Keselowski climbed from his mangled No. 2 Ford and slapped the side of a waiting ambulance in disgust before climbing in for his mandatory ride to the care center.

After his release from the medical facility, Keselowski minced no words in placing blame for the incident. Was it Logano’s fault?

“Yeah, it was just a dumb move,” Keselowski said. “There is no reason to make that move. It was never going to work, and it didn’t. Here we are. We are wrecked out of the race, and now a Ford isn’t going to win. Most likely and a Toyota is. It was just dumb to take out the best car for a move that was never going to work.”

Told that Keselowski was annoyed with his blocking tactics, Logano had a facile response.

“Apparently we all suck at this, ‘cause there are only like three cars left right now, so I wouldn’t say anyone was really good,” Logano said.

Keselowski, at least, was correct in his prediction. Erik Jones won in a Toyota.

Greg Engle