For Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano is still a pain in the ... well, back.
And if suffering from chronic back pain wasn't difficult enough for Hamlin, who aggravated discs in his back and fractured a vertebra in a wreck with Logano in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Auto Club Speedway on March 24, watching this weekend's activities at his hometown track from the No. 11 FedEx pit box will be just another disappointment.
But this rivalry is far from over.
In a moment of boredom last Sunday, when Logano crashed 102 laps into the race at Kansas City, @DennyHamlin tweeted: "I know Joey felt bad but he doesn't have to keep falling in the points on my account J #seeyasoon".
"I'm probably just overly bitter and have every right to be because I'm on the sidelines," Hamlin said. "I can be bitter. As far as the tweeting stuff and back and forth, I'm more just poking fun because, trust me, I need some form of entertainment."
Logano can think of Hamlin's absence this weekend as a gift. A half-mile ...