Logano said that he'd had to slow down in order not to jump then-leader Kyle Busch at line before the restart, but didn't deny that he'd taken the opportunity to block Stewart.
"I had to throw the block there,” admitted Logano. “That was a race for the lead. I felt if the #14 got underneath me, that was going to be the end of my opportunity to win the race, so I was just trying to protect the spot I had.
Stewart dismissed that explanation and said that Logano had spun his tyres pure and simple, and had blocked to make up for his own mistake. "For a guy that's been complaining about how everybody else is driving here and for him to do that, it's a double standard," Stewart blasted. "He makes the choice. He makes the decision to run us down there, and when you run a driver down there, you take responsibility for what happens after that.”
Logano said that he still had no idea why Stewart was so worked up even after watching the incident back on the TV monitors. "I watched the replay. I can understand being a little irritated but in my eyes, that's racing. In his eyes, it isn't," he said. "I'm going to have to talk to him about that. We've always got along really well. I'm going to see if we can work this one out."
The signs weren't promising, because Stewart remained apoplectic.
“He's sent Denny to the hospital and screwed our day up,” said Stewart. He's talked the talk, but he hasn't walked the walk yet. He's always got his crew guys walking the walk for him. He wants to talk about it? We'll talk about it.
"After he threw the water bottle at me like a little girl, we'll go at it now, he raged. "I'm not going to listen. I don't care what he has to say. It's just words right now. Actions speak louder than words."
Ironically in all of this it's Stewart who most likely faces a NASCAR sanction when the race is reviewed by the officials. NASCAR takes a hands-off, "Boys have at|" policy for anything happening on the race track like the two incidents Logano was involved in with Hamlin and Stewart during the race; but they tae a very dim view of anyone misbehaving on pit road, and it was Stewart who initiated that aspect of the confrontation - although Logano himself had been quick to say that none of the punches Stewart aimed at him connected.
“If NASCAR wants to let the guys have at it, it shouldn't be any different than hockey," said Stewart about the prospect of being penalised. "Let us have it and when one guy goes to the ground, it's over."
Full Auto Club 400 race results
Post-race Q&A with winner Kyle Busch