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Published on NewsOK Modified: April 6, 2013 at 2:33 pm •  Published: April 6, 2013

It helps to know a fellow competitor's views, and tendencies, he said.

"He has made that known over the years, so there are guys that you probably don't want to do that to," Johnson said of Stewart. "But then again, at the end of the race I feel like things go to the next level and they change and to defend for a win, you have to take some extreme measures at times."

Logano feels like he was taking those measures at Fontana, but wound up getting tangled up with Denny Hamlin, sending Hamlin into the wall, and Kyle Busch passed them both and claimed the victory.

Presented with the same circumstances in Sunday's Sprint Cup race, Logano would take into account where in the 500 laps they are, but at the end, said he'd race the same, and thinks Stewart would, too.

"Late in the race, I would probably do the same thing if it's the right move at the time, but like I said, early in the race I wouldn't," Logano said. "This is one of the toughest race tracks to get around and passing cars is hard, so patience runs low here. It's a give-and-take race, for sure."

That position, Jeff Burton said, is valuable information, as is a driver's history.

"You've got to do what you think is best. I think at the end of the day, you have to remember what you do to somebody, you have to expect it's going to be done back to you," the veteran driver said. "If you feel like what you are doing is okay and it would be OK if it was being done to you, then you do it."

It's essentially about drivers policing themselves, he said, which can get complicated with a victory hanging in the balance.

"The problem we have in our sport is we have a lot of drivers that will complain when it happens to them, but when they do it to you they look at you like, 'What's wrong?'" he said.

"Because this is a self-serving sport and we tend to become selfish people in these race cars. You've got to be open-minded and understand what's good for you has to be good for the next guy."


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