"In other forms of racing, they just go down and slug it out and then they normally end up eating dinner with each other at a fast food joint," Stewart said, surrounded by a gaggle of reporters. "You know, a sit down deal later in the evening. That is the way racing is across the country and it gets settled but the problem here is that NASCAR has to keep some law and order."
For Logano, the immediacy with which drivers are asked to react make things dicey, too, and he said his comments after the race, as well as Stewart's, reflected the tension and "heat off the moment."
Logano, who tangled with Denny Hamlin on the final lap and made contact that sent Hamlin slamming into the wall, and later to the hospital with a fractured vertebra, essentially said Hamlin got what he deserved in their feud before knowing the extent of Hamlin's injuries. Stewart referred to Logano as a "little rich kid whose never had to work a day in his life" and threatened to "whoop his butt."
Now, Logano said, he thinks it will all go away.
"He just got off of pit road with a shoving match and so did I, and we're all fired up," Logano said. "Then you stick a microphone in our face and we're not ready for it, so you're going to say things that you may or may not mean. When you get some time to cool off a little bit, your comments change."
One thing he won't change, he said, is the way he drives.
"I don't feel like I do anything that's really disrespectful to other drivers out there," he said. "I race really hard. I'm fine with being known as a hard racer. That's OK with me."
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