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AAA 400 - Race Talk
09-24-2014, 06:56 PM
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AAA 400 - Race Talk
The News & Notes

ONTO THE NEXT ROUND: Joey Logano punched his ticket to the Contender Round of the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup last weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, winning his fourth race of the 2014 season and his second at the track. Logano led for 73 laps to earn his seventh career Sprint Cup Series win and fifth since joining Team Penske in 2013.

TIME FOR TESTING: Heading into this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) event, Dover International Speedway will be the third different track that Logano will have seen in the last six days behind the wheel of the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion. Logano took the victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last Sunday, then spent two days testing with his Team Penske teammate Brad Keselowski at Texas Motor Speedway on Monday and Tuesday and will be back behind the wheel this weekend at the “Monster Mile.”

SECOND IN POINTS: After the Chase opener at Chicagoland Speedway, Logano found himself a career-best third in the NSCS point standings. Now, following his win at New Hampshire, Logano sits second in the point standings, just one point behind Keselowski.

DOUBLE DUTY ONCE AGAIN:
Logano will again be pulling double duty this weekend at Dover, racing in both the NSCS event on Sunday and in the NASCAR Nationwide Series event on Saturday behind the wheel of the No. 22 Hertz Ford Mustang. He has earned four career wins at the one-mile track in the Nationwide Series.

FIVE STRAIGHT DOVER TOP 10s:
Despite the fact that he hasn’t won at the “Monster Mile” in the NSCS, Logano is on a bit of a hot streak when it comes to finishes at the track. Logano has earned five straight top-10 finishes at Dover and has finished in the top 10 in seven of his 11 career races at the track. Despite the seven top 10s, Logano has only led one lap at Dover over the course of his NSCS career.

PENSKE HOT STREAK: With Logano’s win at New Hampshire, Team Penske has now won three straight Sprint Cup Series events and four of the last five, dating back to Logano’s win at Bristol Motor Speedway at the end of August. The organization has produced nine total wins this season between Logano and Keselowski.

The Car
Primary Chassis: PRS-920
Last Raced: Indianapolis (finished 5th)
Backup Chassis: PRS-901
Last Raced: Loudon 2 backup (not raced)

The Q&A
Quote:WHY WOULD YOU CALL DOVER ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE RACE TRACKS ON THE SCHEDULE?

“It’s just one of those places that has always fit my driving style. And it’s just a blast to run. It’s a fun racetrack to go you. You drive so hard into the corners, and you feel like you are on a roller coaster. You drop down into the corner and then come up out of them at the exit. And you just feel the speed at Dover, especially in qualifying. You pretty much always get out of the car there catching your breath after qualifying. And I feel like I’ve always run pretty well there, either in the Cup Series or the Nationwide Series. It’s one of the places I’d really like to win. I’ve got a bunch of little Monster trophies from Nationwide races, but I want a big monster trophy and I want to see it holding my car.”

YOU AND YOUR TEAM ARE TESTING THIS WEEK. HOW IMPORTANT ARE THESE TESTS LEADING INTO THE CHASE RACES?

“We were fortunate as a team to be able to be locked into the Chase pretty early and save all of our test dates for Chase tracks. There were a few teams out there that had to do a test or two at tracks leading up to the cut off. We’ve now tested at Charlotte and Texas getting ready for the Chase. It’s important to run good there and put yourself in a position to possibly win the race and lock yourself into the next round. You are really getting back to the days of a kind of points racing if you aren’t going to win the race. If you don’t feel like you are good enough to win the race, you need to get a top three or top five at least out of it. You can’t just go for it. And that is where all this testing helps.”

Heres to 2013!!! New Relationships & New Beginnings!
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09-26-2014, 09:08 PM
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well that didn't go to well

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09-27-2014, 05:01 AM
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(09-26-2014 09:08 PM)jlogano22 Wrote:  well that didn't go to well


Treat this race like a Vacation go out have fun and whatever happens in Dover stays in Dover and any bad experience we don't remember the morning after lol

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Vermont#1Fan (09-28-2014)
09-28-2014, 11:42 PM
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Joey 4th is OK seems to me,,,,,on to the next stage,,,,,he is in 2nd overall, Brad is 1st....Let's go !!!!!!gws
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09-29-2014, 09:37 AM
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That's 3 consecutive Top 5 finishes in the chase, with results like these Homestead will be right around the corner!
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09-29-2014, 04:56 PM
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New paint scheme for charlotte in a few weeks
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10-01-2014, 03:55 PM
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Another great finish for a car that wasnt the best to start. Jean nailed it. Love this paint scheme. Cant wait for Kansas this weekend
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