Roger Penske bristled Monday at ''petty'' barbs against Joey Logano for his wealthy upbringing and defended his driver in the fallout from Sunday's race at California that left Denny Hamlin in a hospital.
Logano was involved in a last-lap accident with Hamlin and then had a post-race altercation with Tony Stewart.
''Listen, Joey is a great driver and what happened at the end there wasn't anything more than hard racing,'' Penske told The Associated Press. ''I stand behind him and I think he's going to go down as one of the greatest drivers to ever race.''
Predictions like Penske's are one reason why it suddenly seems the garage has turned against the 22-year-old Logano, who came into NASCAR with Joe Gibbs Racing in 2008 with the nickname ''Sliced Bread.'' He'd risen rapidly through the racing ranks with the financial backing from his father, Tom, who used funds from the family's Connecticut waste management company to help his two children pursue their dreams.
Logano had the mean...