NASCAR: Parker Kligerman not happy with Joey Logano after seven-car crash at Daytona

Parker Kligerman may be a rookie, but he felt Joey Logano precipitated a seven-car incident in the first practice at Daytona International Speedway. Also Matt Kenseth’s car was involved but his car escaped serious damage.

Kligerman was driving on the high side of the 2.5 mile Daytona International Speedway oval with cars racing three-wide on the front stretch When Kenseth’s Toyota wiggled Joey Logano’s Ford tapped Kenseth who hit Paul Menard.

Then Kligerman’s Toyota rode up and over Menard’s Chevy before getting pushed from behind by Ryan Truex’s vehicle, and then slid along the top of the outside wall and into the catch fence. The fence shredded parts of his car like a cheese grater and then the Toyota flipped over.

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“Maybe I shouldn’t have been racing as hard as I was there in practice, but everybody was in a big pack there trying to make things happen,” said Logano As soon as he came back up I checked up a little bit and then the 21(Trevor Bayne) hit me from behind and we spun out.

“I guess from what I could see, the 22 (Joey Logano) was just being overly aggressive and it’s a shame,” said Kligerman. “He’s supposed to be a veteran. You go up here to the Sprint Cup Series and it’s supposed to be the best of the best and you have a guy who in practice is racing people like that — like it’s the last lap of the Daytona 500.

It looks like the 22 (Joey Logano) was just being overly aggressive. I want to talk to him about it. I think Paul (Menard) and I had the same opinion there — just what are you doing and why are you side-drafting and bumping people in the first drafting practice we’ve done all week.”

Menard’s version didn’t vary much from Kligerman’s. “What I saw in the car was just the front half of the No. 20 car getting kind of squirrely like somebody ran into the back of him to try and bump draft,” said Menard. “Turns out Joey (Logano) was bump drafting the No. 20 (Kenseth) in the middle of the pack when we were trying to get up to speed.  I guess that is the end result.  Fortunately Parker (Kligerman) is okay and nobody in the stands got hurt.  It could have been a lot worse.”

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