Harvick says Tom Logano doesn't have a place in NASCAR
Kevin Harvick can deal with Joey Logano's aggressive driving. He can tolerate the weekly battles on the Nationwide and Sprint Cup circuits as the veteran and the youngster test each other's patience.
Harvick can even put up with NASCAR's youngest Cup driver taking a shot at his manhood by saying Harvick's wife DeLana "wears the firesuit in the family."
That's all fine, to a point. Harvick's bigger concern these days isn't who's in charge of his decision making, it's who's in charge of Logano's.
Harvick blasted Logano's father Tom on Friday, arguing the elder Logano needs to step aside and stop meddling in his son's racing career following a very public dustup between the two camps during last week's Cup race at Pocono.
"His father has no place in this," Harvick said. "He needs to step back and act like the rest of the dads and be happy that his kid is here. This isn't Little League baseball anymore."
The lecture from the current Cup points leader followed a series of run-ins between Harvick and Joey Logano, the most public of which came moments after the checkered flag dropped at Pocono.
Logano, angry at Harvick for nudging him out of the way as they battled near the lead with barely a lap remaining in regulation, charged toward Harvick's pit box. The 20-year-old jumped out of his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota and had to be restrained by members of Harvick's crew. His father, a highly visible presence around the garage, was right in the middle of it, at one point shoving a television reporter before things calmed down.
The outburst from the normally soft spoken second-year Cup driver raised eyebrows around the garage. Harvick, however, wasn't surprised. And he's not entirely sure who made the call to put on such a public display of anger.
"It's very evident who's pushing him the most and that's his dad," said Harvick, who finished fourth at Pocono while Logano ended up 13th. "His dad shoved him into a pile like a dog chasing after a bone." ESPN.com