When Joey Logano exited his car after Sunday’s Pocono Cup race he wanted to confront Kevin Harvick. Their on-track incident moments before angered Logano. The scene quickly filled with Richard Childress Racing crewmembers, a Joe Gibbs crewmember, the media, and Tom Logano.
Guess which one didn’t belong?
Now before I go any further let me state that I am a father. I understand fully a parent’s instinct to protect his children. Any Dad worth his salt realizes that his top priority is to stand between his child and harm.
But he needs to realize where getting involved is doing more harm than good.
The Joe Gibbs team member that was first to the Logano car appeared to be trying to calm his driver down. Tom Logano arrived shortly thereafter and moved the crewmember away from his son. The older Logano’s gestures indicated he was also angered and was encouraging son Joey to head towards Harvick. Joey seemed to already have that in mind.
The bump and spin during the race, Joey Logano’s temper, the RCR crewmembers surrounding Harvick, and even Logano’s verbal shots at Harvick saying “his wife wears the firesuit in the family” all seem part of a natural path during the emotional and heated conclusion to the race.
Daddy jumping into his son’s fight is not.
There comes a time when a Mom or Dad has to let go. As the younger Logano was groomed through Legends cars and entering into stock cars at a youthful point, he needed parental assistance. He needed it financially and emotionally.
Logano’s reputation grew long before he signed with Joe Gibbs Racing. Everyone who followed this sport knew Logano had been coming for at least seven or eight years. Mark Martin touted his talent as early as 2003. All the training and coaching given by Tom Logano was to get his son to this level. But once here he needs to let go.
When any driver reaches the Cup level he should only need to learn about the Cup level. You don’t learn how to race here you better already know how. That includes fighting for yourself.
Tom Logano wants his son to be a man and he needs to give Joey the opportunity to be one. That includes driving the car, making his own decisions, enjoying the smart moves and making his own mistakes. Whatever the outcome, the responsibility of his actions falls alone on Joey Logano’s shoulders.
If Joey Logano is man enough to drive the Cup circuit every week, then he is man enough to fight his own battles. Without Dad.
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