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Geico 500 - Race Talk
10-15-2014, 07:42 PM
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Geico 500 - Race Talk
The News & Notes

A RECORD START TO THE CHASE: Despite the fact that Joey Logano struggled with the handling of the No. 22 car last weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the 24-year-old was able to race his way back with a strong final restart on fresh tires to grab a fourth-place finish in the Shell-Pennzoil Ford. Logano has now finished in the top five in the first five Chase events, the first time in the 11-year history of the Chase for the Sprint Cup that a driver has finished in the top-five in the first five races. Currently leading the series championship standings, Logano has already secured a spot in the Eliminator Round of the Chase thanks to the team’s victory at Kansas.

MORE AND MORE TESTING: This week, Logano and the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford team, along with teammate Brad Keselowski and the No. 2 team, will test at Martinsville Speedway in preparation for the upcoming Chase event at Martinsville.

SEE LOGANO RACE IN MIAMI WITH AUTOTRADER.COM: Starting Monday, October 13, followers of AutoTrader.com on Twitter (@AutoTrader_com) have a chance to win a trip to Homestead-Miami Speedway to attend the Sprint Cup Series Championship race. The entry process will be simple – followers will tweet to win using the hashtag #Chase22ToMiamiSweeps. A winner will be selected at random on Tuesday, October 28, and will be presented with a prize pack for two including airfare, two-night’s stay in a Miami hotel, all-inclusive track experience on race day and a few potential surprises along the way.

FEAST OR FAMINE: Logano’s career numbers at Talladega Superspeedway started out strong as he earned four top-10 finishes in his first five races at the track. Since then, however, Logano has fallen victim to “the big one” several times, with a best finish of just 16th in his last six starts. Logano does own a NASCAR Nationwide Series win at Talladega in 2012.

The Car

Primary Chassis: PRS-658
Last Raced: Daytona 1 (finished 11th)

Backup Chassis: PRS-654
Last Raced: Daytona 2 backup

The Q & A

Quote:JUST HOW MUCH OF A RELIEF IS IT TO BE RACING AT TALLADEGA KNOWING YOU ARE ALREADY LOCKED INTO THE NEXT ROUND?

“I think everyone would like to be in the position that we are in and that Kevin (Harvick) is in and know that you don’t really have anything to worry about here other than going for the win. That was one of the first things that went through my mind and my crew’s mind when we crossed the line at Kansas was how it made this weekend’s race easier and less pressure packed. We know now that all we need to do is to go out there and win. We don’t have to worry about riding around and staying out of the wreck. We can get up there and go for the win. But we also want to get a good finish out of it. We have five straight top-five finishes to start the Chase, and we’d love to keep that streak going and make it six in a row at Talladega.”

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU CAN DO THIS WEEKEND TO HELP YOUR TEAMMATE BRAD KESELOWSKI ADVANCE TO THE NEXT ROUND OF THE CHASE?

“The restrictor-plate tracks like Talladega and Daytona are different than most other tracks for sure. You can do more at these tracks to help out other drivers, be it your teammate or someone else, because of the draft. It’s easy to get in a line and get with a fast car and help push them to the front of the field or have someone help push you. So of course, if there is an opportunity to work with Brad and both of our cars are fast, we will work together to get to the front. Any team cars that are in a good position will try and help their other teammates get up to the front. We always work together at these tracks anyway.”

Heres to 2013!!! New Relationships & New Beginnings!
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10-16-2014, 11:04 PM
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So glad Joey is locked into the next round
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10-17-2014, 12:11 AM
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Yeah this should be fun being Joey has nothing to lose

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10-17-2014, 10:31 PM
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Can you imagine, he goes ALL the WAY !!!!!!! gws
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10-18-2014, 08:41 AM
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Will be nice to relax and watch this raceSmile
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10-19-2014, 08:01 PM
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not a bad day, overcame that wreck


you know they main focus today was brad so mission accomplished

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10-19-2014, 08:34 PM
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Yup, another mission accomplished, now chasing Homestead!
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10-20-2014, 11:50 AM
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Plate races are plate races. I don't see how anyone can say much about them. They are very fun to watch thats for sure but as far as how Joey does its completely random. I basically look at Daytona and Talladega as its fun to watch if he is lucy enough to come out with a decent finish thats great. Main thing is survive and try not to have a really bad day

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10-20-2014, 06:47 PM
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Great teammate yesterday. Now its time to go to work!
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10-20-2014, 08:30 PM
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(10-20-2014 06:47 PM)22forLogano Wrote:  Great teammate yesterday. Now its time to go to work!

Agreed! Big Grin
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10-21-2014, 10:11 PM
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Joey why did you take responsibility for Sparkle Pony cutting down on you. You do this too often, take blame when it wasn't your fault. What you are doing (and glad you don't read a lot of the garbage out there) is giving the haters fuel. Your fans defended you against her and the 10 fans she has and you go and say "it was your fault" and it's brutal, nasty stuff. Stop doing it, you do yourself no favors. She is a competitor (well, not really but..) and I would not trust her as far as I can throw her, she doesn't deserve your kindness or graciousness.

Congrats Team Penske now get to work and stop apologizing.
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10-22-2014, 10:14 AM
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Hey in the current situation I'm glad he said that to shut her up ...

I mean she would probably just wreck herself trying but still lol

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10-22-2014, 06:59 PM
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Are you kidding, I 100% said Joey should apologize. He has everything to lose if he doesnt say soemthing. Sometimes you just say the "right thing" and move on. Even if he doesnt mean it, it was the smartest thing to do. I applaude him
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10-26-2014, 01:06 AM
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Words come back to haunt you...and you have only your self to blame. It does not pay to take the fall for something you didn't do. The way social media is and the internet is, no matter what happened and most fans know the truth, you apologized so you own it. And that will stick with you at the times you don't want it to. Just look at todays Nascar.com article "Patrick says Logano must continue to prove he is sorry"..see as I predicted from years of watching that garbage go down. That chick has a false sense of entitlement and will lord that over his head, not that he cares of course..but it is the principal of the thing. She went screaming to Mike Helton about her boytoy missing Dega. Yah, your Grandma you agree with to keep the peace, people like her hell no.


(10-22-2014 06:59 PM)22forLogano Wrote:  Are you kidding, I 100% said Joey should apologize. He has everything to lose if he doesnt say soemthing. Sometimes you just say the "right thing" and move on. Even if he doesnt mean it, it was the smartest thing to do. I applaude him
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