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March 28, 2013

Penske: Logano-Hamlin rift closing

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HUMBLE, Texas —

NASCAR returns to action April 7 at Martinsville Speedway, and Penske said it’s time for everyone to “settle down.”

Penske said he’s never seen NASCAR more competitive, and the increased media scrutiny is making every incident and altercation between drivers more serious than it usually is.

“There’s a lot of noise about a lot of things that are said at these races,” Penske said. “People are at a high pitch and I think other people need to settle down and realize that’s the sport. We’re just going to have to keep our heads on.”

Penske said he didn’t know much about the personal history between Logano and Hamlin. He’s confident that the latest dustup and the public backlash won’t throw off Logano.

“The fuel in the fire after Bristol created a lot of public noise,” Penske said. “But as I said, that’s the environment we’re in right now. He’s still the same guy we hired six months ago, and I’m 100 percent confident that he’s going to be able to execute when he needs to be at the highest level.

“At the end of the season, we’ll see where everybody is. But I have high hopes for his success. Obviously, what we can do is provide him with a car and a team that can execute it.”

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