J.D. Gibbs, president of Denny Hamlin's NASCAR team Joe Gibbs Racing, said Thursday he did not think Hamlin's crash with Joey Logano that left Hamlin with a back injury was a form of payback by Logano because the drivers have been feuding.
"My personal take is that I think Joey was just really trying to make a point, he was pushing it" as the two raced side by side for the win on the last lap of Sunday's race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Gibbs told reporters on a conference call.
Hamlin and Logano also had made contact and exchanged words a week earlier in Bristol, Tenn., and "I don't know how much the week before played into it" when the two collided, spun and crashed in Fontana, Gibbs said.
Logano "was definitely racing for the win," Gibbs said. But when pressed about whether he thought Logano was intentionally trying to wreck Hamlin, Gibbs replied: "I don't, I don't."