Before Fontana, the two nearly came to blows at Bristol after Hamlin spun Logano while Logano chased Jeff Gordon for a late lead. Logano yelled into Hamlin’s car after the race, sparking a brief confrontation between their teams.
Then came the wreck in California, and the presumption that Logano had contact with Hamlin as payback. Penske doesn’t buy it.
“These guys are racing hard, and it’s the last lap and it’s just the way the cars got together,” Penske said. “The way Denny hit the wall was very unfortunate. ... It’s never good to have a driver out for a period of time.”
NASCAR returns to action April 7 at Martinsville Speedway, and Penske said it’s time for everyone to “settle down.”
Penske said he’s never seen NASCAR more competitive, and the increased media scrutiny is making every incident and altercation between drivers more serious than it usually is.