Roger Penske responds to criticism of Joey Logano: 'Truex is a racer and should know better'

During both of their postrace television interviews, Martin Truex Jr. and crew chief Cole Pearn suggested that Joey Logano’s winning bump-and-run at Martinsville Speedway was dirty and underhanded.

"He just ran into the back of me and knocked me out of the way," Truex said. "Short track racing, but what comes around, goes around.

"He just took a cheap shot at the end there. I can promise you I won’t forget what he did."

Roger Penske, the car owner of the No. 22 that Logano pilots, took exception to this line of thinking when given the quote after the race.

"He’s a racer and should know better than to say that," Penske immediately and defiantly said. "That was as clean a shot as you can have in a race like this. I didn’t hear Kyle Busch or (Kyle Larson) have any kind of that conversation after that (Chicagoland) race."

Penske said Logano was both aggressive and judicious in his approach.

"I think that Joey drove a great race," the legendary owner said. "He didn’t knock him off the racetrack. It was side-by-side racing at the end. Nobody lifted. My position, I thought it was fair, I thought it was square. Joey deserved to win."

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