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Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway - Race Talk
10-09-2013, 09:53 PM
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Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway - Race Talk
Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway (1.5-mile oval, Concord, NC)

No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil/Hertz Ford Fusion driven by Joey Logano

Saturday, October 12, 7:30 pm ET

Primary Chassis: PRS-859
Last Raced: Indianapolis (finished 8th)
Backup Chassis: PRS-842
Last Raced: Bristol (finished 5th)

THE NEWS & NOTES
  • SLOWLY CLIMBING: On the strength of another top-five finish, Joey Logano once again finds himself in the top 10 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings. Logano’s fourth-place finish at Kansas last weekend vaulted him two positions in the point standings to 10th. The 23-year-old now sits less than 25 points out of the top five and just 34 points out of third place.
  • HELLO TO HERTZ: The Hertz Corporation, one of the world’s leading car rental and transportation companies and a first-year sponsor with Penske Racing, will have its logo on the side of the No. 22 Ford Fusion this weekend in Charlotte serving as a co-sponsor with Shell-Pennzoil. Hertz has been a proud supporter of the No. 22 NASCAR Nationwide Series Mustang this season, where the company has won five of six races as a primary sponsor.
  • STATS STILL SAY CHARLOTTE THE BEST: When you add in his second-place finish in the Sprint All-Star race and fifth-place finish in the Coke 600 in May, Logano’s stats tell the tale of Charlotte Motor Speedway being his best track on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule. In nine points-paying races there, he’s earned three top-five and six top-10 finishes. His average finish of 9.6 is his personal best of all the tracks on the circuit and it’s also leads all current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers.
  • CAREER NUMBERS: With his fourth-place finish at Kansas, Logano extended his career-best numbers for top-five results. His 10 top-five finishes this year eclipsed his previous career-best of seven, which came in 2010. He’s also tied his career-best single-season top-10 finish number of 16, which he also accomplished in 2010. Only drivers Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson have more top-five finishes this season than Logano. Only Jonson, Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr. have more top-10 finishes this season than Logano.
  • TESTING, TESTING AGAIN: Logano, along with his teammate Brad Keselowski, and a host of other Sprint Cup Series drivers are testing at the half-mile Martinsville Speedway track this week in preparation for the Chase race at the “paperclip” on October 27. Despite starting fourth in the sprint at Martinsville, Logano struggled with a 23rd-place finish.



WHY HAVE YOU BEEN SO GOOD AT CHARLOTTE DURING YOUR CAREER?

“Charlotte is just one of my favorite tracks. And that’s not just because I’ve always been pretty good there. I just love racing at Charlotte and I’ve happened to have a lot of success there I don’t’ know what it is about it. It just suits my driving style and I have a lot of confidence when we go there. And this year, we have already run there twice and have two top-five finishes and I feel like we have a great notebook to work from. We have really been pretty good at the 1.5-mile tracks this year, especially as of late. If you look at the remaining schedule, I feel like Charlotte is probably our best track and the best shot we have to win.”

YOU HAVE 10 TOP-FIVE FINISHES THIS YEAR, WHICH IS A CAREER BEST. WOULD YOU CALL THIS YOUR BEST YEAR?

“For sure. I think this has been my best year in the Cup Series. I feel like we have even been better than our results show. You look at the numbers and we really should be top-five in points and should have been all year long I think. We have just had a few untimely issues that have knocked us back down and we’ve had to do a lot of fighting from behind. If some of those 40th-place finishes would have at least been 15th or 20th place finishes, that’s a lot of extra points. But this has been a big year for me. I feel like we are considered legitimate contenders each and every week now.”
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10-10-2013, 06:48 PM
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2nd win coming this weekend
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10-10-2013, 08:22 PM
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Let's do this!
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10-11-2013, 12:44 AM
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10-11-2013, 10:13 AM
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i'm still HORRIBLY disappointed in this thing...........such a let down
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10-13-2013, 08:36 AM
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Hated to see Joey struggle last night, would have been a blast to see him up there with Brad. Great effort, looked like a handful to even stay where he did (what little I could see of Joey with espn's coverage). Best of luck next week!
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10-13-2013, 10:17 AM (This post was last modified: 10-13-2013 10:27 AM by jlogano22.)
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yeah that was HORRIFIC, that a non chaser would have a winning car and the chaser barely had a top 15 car................i knew the indy chasis wouldnt work
now there's really no chance of this chase unless something drastic happens at dega

but reagrdless great to see keselowski finally win this year!

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10-13-2013, 05:47 PM
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Yep, surprised to see that effort last night. Knew 10 laps in he had a Richmond night coming. Joeys best track didnt look it but on to the crap shoot which is Dega
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10-13-2013, 11:54 PM
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Quote:YOU HAD A TOUGH RUN. WHAT HAPPENED WITH YOUR RACECAR?

“It seems like you end up saying this a lot sometimes, but we really had a car that was better than where we finished. I think we had about an eighth to 10th-place car tonight and we finished 18th with it. That is frustrating and we need to work on making these days better. We were just too far off at the start of the race and by the time we were able to get the car to my liking, we were already a couple of laps down. Then, you get no cautions and you just don’t have the chance to make those laps up. We had some slow pit stops and a few problems in the pits and that put us down a couple of spots too. It was just not a very good night for the Shell-Pennzoil/Hertz Ford. We need to get by this and focus on the next race. But we need to be better. You only have a limited number of races at the end of the year and you have to make every one of them count. Now we have five more and we have to make the most out of those five.”
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10-15-2013, 06:53 PM
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Sums it up. Still several issues to resolve to be championship caliber. But love Joey
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