Joey Logano likes to play in the dirt.
The former Cup Series points champion has also engaged in his share of mudslinging.
Having gone up against grudge-holding Kevin Harvick and Chase Elliott, Logano understands what the drivers are experiencing.
He has been there.
NASCAR driver Joey Logano experienced his share of conflicts
With Harvick, Logano has engaged in a decade-long standoff, dating back to Pocono Raceway in 2010.
With Elliott, it’s a little more recent. The two clashed at Bristol Motor Speedway last season.
The current headline-grabbing feud between Harvick and Elliott appears to be simmering after the two drivers had an early-week talk with circuit officials.
Logano, meanwhile, is attempting to remain focused. His team retains title hopes entering the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on Oct. 17.
After his seventh-place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s road course on Oct. 10, Logano ranks seventh in the driver standings with 4,013 points. He trails Kyle Larson by 52 points.
The current drama likely reminds Logano of his eventful 2015 season.
Joey Logano driving away from garage feuds
The campaign opened with a deepening divide with Harvick, who sternly questioned a late-race altercation with Logano. The two exchanged a few choice words of wisdom after the Sprint Unlimited event.
The following week, during the Daytona 500, Logano got the last laugh. He did so by holding off Harvick and claiming the checkered flag. With the win, he became the second-youngest winner of NASCAR’s Super Bowl.
Later, after winning the NASCAR Truck Series’ Kroger 250 from the pole, Logano became the 26th driver to capture at least one race in NASCAR’s top three series.
After winning the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol, Logano entered The Chase by cruising past the Contender Round field at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
To get around driver Matt Kenseth with five laps to go at Kansas Speedway, Logano tapped Kenseth’s machine, spinning him out and clearing the way for a win. The Intimidator-like move would cost him, but not before dramatically notching his third win a row at Talladega Superspeedway.
Next at Martinsville Speedway, Logano appeared to be headed for his fourth consecutive win, but Kenseth spotted an opportunity to exact revenge. Kenseth purposely crashed Logano with about 50 laps remaining, drawing a standing ovation from NASCAR fans but disciplinary action from officials. Kenseth was handed a two-week suspension and was placed on probation until the end of the year.
Logano continues moving forward, leaving past spats behind
Logano’s landmark 2015 campaign ended with a controversial fourth-place finish at Phoenix. He was eliminated from The Chase when a storm started forming in the area and the race was called in favor of driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Logano placed sixth in the final standings.
As the 2021 postseason enters the Round of 8, Logano continues putting past spats behind, moving forward with an eye on the final four.
Logano received his 2021 playoff invitation after winning on the dirt track at Bristol Motor Speedway, the premier Series’ first event on dirt since 1970.
As far as the mud, Logano would like to stay clean.