It's been 37 years since Elton John first sang "Sorry seems to be the hardest word."
It might take the same amount of time before Denny Hamlin hears an apology from Joey Logano.
"I thought it was just hard racing, to be honest with you," Logano said of the closing laps with Hamlin at Auto Club Speedway two weeks ago. "I felt like I just got in too hard. I just went into [the] three [turn] too hard and slid up the race track. That's just hard racing."
Drivers are split when it comes to the etiquette of contrition. That's not surprising. For many, just admitting fault is an issue in itself. One of the stock lines in racing among rivals goes something like this: We'll just agree to disagree.
In Hamlin's case, he does not blame Logano "for the particular injury" sustained during the accident. Hamlin suffered a fractured L1 vertebra and is expected to miss the next four races. What Hamlin takes issue with is "for the wreck" itself.
"I think the injury was circumstantial," Hamlin sai...