Just as it was shaping up for a Team Penske one-two finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday, Joey Logano’s day was ruined by Morgan Shepherd on Lap 212.
The Penske cars of Logano and eventual race winner Brad Keselowski were in dominant form during Sunday’s Camping World RV Sales 301, as Keselowski set the pace and Logano had positioned himself in the second spot.
However, when Logano attempted to move around the outside of Shepherd it all went wrong. Shepherd got into the left side of Logano’s car, sending it hard into the outside wall.
Logano took the car to the garage and had some harsh words for the 72-year-old Shepherd.
"Slowest car on the race track took us out. Go figure," Logano said. "We had a pretty good Auto Trader Ford, just doing what we could to hang in there. We were running second, Brad was really, really fast … Felt like we could have had a Penske one-two again, and we get taken out by the slowest car."
At 72 years old, Shepherd was making just his second Sprint Cup Series start of the season. Off the pace for much of the race, Shepherd was 16 laps down when he made contact with Logano.
"I feel like there should be a driving test before you get out in a Cup car to make sure you know how to drive before you drive one," Logano said. "I don’t know. I guess there isn’t."
Obviously frustrated, Logano said he would not go to NASCAR about the situation.
"It’s not NASCAR’s fault he slid up and is the slowest car on the track," he said. "If you can’t control your stuff, don’t even be out there. If you’re 10 laps down, what are you even doing?"
After the race, NASCAR said the incident was just a racing accident.