But Gibbs said he didn't believe that Logano's pending departure heightened any friction between the drivers.
"There were a few things that popped up, a Nationwide race here and there, there was some frustration," Gibbs said. "I think if Joey had that breakout streak, that would have all gone away for Denny. There was some tension at times, but I think overall it was nothing major."
Logano's new team owner, Roger Penske, has reached out to the Gibbs organization, but Gibbs said they've not spoken to Logano, the driver they handed a Nationwide Series ride to the moment he turned 18. But Gibbs said the feuding former teammates were simply racing hard on the last lap of a race, and it's unfortunate that Hamlin ended up injured.
"My personal take is that Joey was really trying to make a point, and he was pushing it — 'Hey, I am going to win this thing or else,' " Gibbs said. "I think when he realized Denny was hurt, it took a whole new turn. From what I've seen, (Logano) is really hurt by that as well."
Hamlin and Logano have exchanged texts since the accident, but Hamlin told The Associated Press on Wednesday: "It didn't go well. The conversation was both short and unproductive."
Logano on Thursday tweeted: "Wish (at)dennyhamlin a speedy recovery. Hope he gets back to the track soon. And thanks to all of my fans for their support."
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