NASCAR Daytona Nationwide Auto RacingIt was a good day for Joey Logano. The Penske driver was running second in the Camping World RV Sales 301 (seriously NASCAR, these race names are awful), behind his teammate Brad Keselowski. It was looking like a one-two finish for Team Penske. Then, Logano (above) was out; the victim of a wreck with 72-year-old Morgan Shepherd (right).

The 24-year-old was, understandably, upset following the incident.

"The slowest car on the track took us out," Logano said in an interview, following the wreck. "Go figure. I felt like we could have had a one-two for Penske. I feel like there should be, like, a driver's test before you get out in a Cup car and make sure you know how to drive before you drive one."

Shepherd has had a mostly unsuccessful racing career, despite its extreme length. His first race was in 1970, 20 years before Logano was born, and his last win was in 1993, when Logano was just two years old. He's registered just four wins in 517 Sprint/Nextel/Winston Cup stars, while yesterday's race in Loudon, NH was just his second start of the 2014 season. For his part, though, Shepherd doesn't really seem to think he was at fault.

"I was giving everybody room and then I'd fall in on the end of the line and start back running, and we weren't the slowest car there," Shepherd said during a post-race interview on satellite radio. "When the leaders come, I go to the bottom of the track and let them all go by."

"Joey more or less caused the wreck," Shepherd said, adding that because Logano came so close to his front end, he robbed it of its aerodynamic grip, causing him to understeer into Logano.

NASCAR, meanwhile, attempted to diffuse the situation between one of its oldest veterans and one of its rising stars.

"Joey was half-kidding. I understand that. Nobody wants to be [taken] out of [the] race because of an accident," Vice President of Competition Robert Pemberton told USA Today. "[Shepherd] was above minimum speed. He pulled over to let Joey go by. Everybody has a responsibility to lay off each other. It's an accident. Those things happen. It could happen to anybody."

You can take a look at the broadcast video of the wreck below. Take a look, then cast your vote in our unofficial poll. Finally, head into Comments and have your say on the matter – who was at fault here? Should there be an age limit on racing drivers? Let us know.




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      royalmail17
      • 5 Months Ago
      My take on what happened: Joey was hanging it out a bit and made a mistake in his driving skills, if you take the air off a slower car and you are that close, you are asking for possible disaster. In this case at N.H. speedway disaster struck. Joey Logano is a talented young driver who has a good chance to become a NASCAR Champion some day. I hope he learned a lesson from his mistakes. Morgan Shepherd always was a Gentleman on the race track and although being 72 years old, is no threat to safety on a race track he will retire when he figures the time is right or NASCAR will pull his license if they figure he is a safety problem.
      Pinhead
      • 5 Months Ago
      Whoa, moral of the story appears to be that it's not too late for me to have a professional racing career! Awesome!
      waetherman
      • 5 Months Ago
      Christ, what an *******. Talk about born on third base and thinks he hit a homer. I say put thee two in a demolition car race and let them sort it out on the track.
      ijardine
      • 5 Months Ago
      The 2 videos don't show what happened. It could have been Logano's fault for all we know. If A guy passes his medical and has the ability let him drive. If any car is too slow on track it's Nascar's call to black flag them or not.
      Pauly WallNutz
      • 5 Months Ago
      its a mater of ability not age, he did qualify right? maybe it should be a too slow in qualify and your out, not just the first 43.
        waetherman
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Pauly WallNutz
        Did they move to group qualifying yet? I don't follow nascar much but I think I heard they're doing it. It makes sense that group qualifying would ensure the more race-worthy drivers are on the track, since it's not just a time-trial anymore.
          Pj Taintz
          • 5 Months Ago
          @waetherman
          they have, and he qualified in that format in this race4 i like joey, hes not my fav but i like him. having said that, he never should have been near the slower car its all on him imo
      freauxdawg
      • 5 Months Ago
      If you are physicaly able to drive, why should you be eliminated.
      modfather910
      • 5 Months Ago
      There is plenty of blame to go around. One driver is 16 laps down and has a car that is waaaaaay off from where he wants it. Solution? Fix it or park it. Continuing is going to cause a problem for the racers not just the one out for a Sunday drive.
      carnut0913
      • 5 Months Ago
      It was a racing accident, and one mostly started by Logano. Morgan likes racing, manages to avoid trouble in general and while he is never in the running for the lead, he's also very good to stay out of everyone's way. Im happier to see him out there than many of the start-n-parks. But maybe when he hits 75, he'll drop down to the NNS ;-)
        yellowneck24
        • 5 Months Ago
        @carnut0913
        He actually runs Nationwide in the 89. This was the first time I've seen him in a Sprint Cup ride for a very very long time.
      erjhe
      • 5 Months Ago
      I don't think you can evaluate a driver based purely on their age. There are so many other factors at place such as general health and genetics that make it impossible to blindly state, "at X age you can't race."
      Kuro Houou
      • 5 Months Ago
      I also just wanted to say, we should implement more stringent and extra testing on just normal drivers over 80 years old. How many really old people do you see on the road every day driving extra slow. It's not speed that kills drivers usually or causes accidents, it's when other drivers don't keep pace with everyone else. If everyone is doing 65 and someone does 50, that's just an accident waiting to happen.
      Kuro Houou
      • 5 Months Ago
      I don't think their should be a age limit, hell no, if they are 60 years old coming in the top 10 why make them stop?? But in this case the guy is so far behind, then I think they should set a limit, maybe minimum qualifying time.. you have to be a certain percentage behind the top car or something. F1 I know did that, or maybe still does, especially when the new teams came in a few years ago. If he is slow, he shouldn't be out there, simple as that, doesn't matter about age.
      Koenigsegg
      • 5 Months Ago
      this stupid pointless waste of gas racing should stop period
        Dark Gnat
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Koenigsegg
        If that's really how you feel, what are you doing on this site? Sell you car and get a bicycle.
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