Before Sunday's race at Kansas, Joey Logano sent a not-so-subtle warning to William Byron when asked if he thought their Darlington feud was all square.
"If he wants to keep going back and forth, I'll keep swinging," he said. "I don’t think that’s a good play for him in the long run … he can keep going. But I can promise you I’ll keep going and I’ll go bigger every time.”
A quick refresher: Byron was leading at Darlington with two to go when Logano punted him into the grandstands (OK, it wasn't quite that hard, but it was more than a bump-and-run) and ran away with the win.
Byron called him a moron after the race. Logano said he was simply returning the favor from earlier when Byron pinched him against the wall on a late restart.
The two played nice Sunday at Kansas, but does that mean the feud is settled?
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"If we're in that position again where he and I are racing 1-2, now I know how he's going to race, and I race people how I know they're going to race," Byron told The News-Journal.
"But honestly, the focus right now is on us. We have so much to figure out with this car. If it was another season, and it was a lot more concrete on who would be fast every week, maybe we'd focus more on that battle between he and I. But right now there's so much going on, so many different players each week that it's hard to focus on one guy."
Now that one was actually subtle ... and smart.
Byron should know as well as anyone what a lingering feud on the track can do, especially when the stakes get high.
William Byron weary of prolonging Logano drama
Last season, he had a front-row seat to teammate Chase Elliott's three-week battle with Kevin Harvick — one that nearly took them both out of the playoffs.
It started with Elliott holding Harvick up at Bristol and potentially costing him a win, and ended with Harvick wrecking Elliott at the Charlotte Roval.
Ironically, it was later Harvick — not Chase — who ended up outside the playoff cutline, leading to Elliott's famous "Merry offseason and Happy Christmas" line.
"It's a fair point," Byron said when asked if Elliott's feud last season has entered his mind. "There's probably 16 cars that can win every week, and to focus on one guy really takes the focus off of what's important.
"You have it (Logano) in the back of your mind, but, at the same time, you're racing so many other guys that you can't get too caught up with one situation."
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So, what's next?
Well, taking a peak at the schedule, there are a pair of road courses coming up over the next six weeks. Don't know if you've noticed, but that type of racing usually lends itself to some payback.
Or, of course, Byron could just simply move on and focus on a grueling summer stretch that includes just one off-weekend between now and the regular season finale Aug. 27 at Daytona.
First thing's first, though: The All-Star race Sunday at Texas (8 p.m., FS1), with $1 million on the line.
"Well, that would definitely open up a lot of opportunities and things I could do with it," Byron said. "I'd put some of it towards the late-model racing I've been doing this year and try to support that program, but yeah, I'm sure I'd also pocket some of it, too."
Texas' All-Star weekend begins Friday with the Camping World Trucks Series race at 8:30 p.m. on FS1. The Xfinity race kicks off the action at 1:30 p.m. Saturday (FS1), followed by Cup qualifying at 7 (also FS1).
The All-Star Open goes green at 5:30 p.m. Sunday (FS1) and will consist of three stages.
This article originally appeared on The Daytona Beach News-Journal: Will William Byron retaliate against Logano? He doesn't exactly say no.