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Tony Stewart slams Joey Laganos "Soccer Dad"  
Joey (L) and his 'Soccer Dad' Tom Logano.  Joey is such a skinny runt his dad must feel he needs to protect him
The man who 20-year old Joey Logano replaced in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Home Depot Sprint Cup Series car made it clear Tuesday he's no fan of the actions of Logano's father Tom during two pit road confrontations over the last eight months at NASCAR events. During a special airing of Tony Stewart Live on Sirius NASCAR Radio Tuesday, Tony Stewart was pointedly blunt with his criticism of Tom Logano.

"When show co-host Matt Yocum asked Stewart "What do you think about Tom Logano getting involved ... ," Stewart stopped him mid-question by saying, "Soccer dad? Oh I'm sorry, did I say that?"

Tom Logano was summoned to speak with NASCAR officials following a heated confrontation on pit road between his son and fellow driver Kevin Harvick following Sunday's Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 at Pocono (Pa) Raceway. It was the second time in eight months that Tom Logano has been requested to meet with NASCAR officials because of a post-race pit road confrontation following an event where he was present.

"I'm going to be perfectly honest. ... I've kind of had enough of Tom Logano getting into the middle of stuff," Stewart said Tuesday on Sirius. "Joey is a great great kid and I still to this day believe that Joey was the best idea that we had to have somebody replace me [in] the Home Depot car. But, I think his dad gets in the way a little bit too much.

"At this level it's, you know, you've got to let these guys handle it on their own and I don't think his dad, he doesn't needs to be in the middle of it. Unless he starts driving a racecar, he needs to stay out of it. Nobody else's father's get in the middle of it." Backstretch

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