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The STP 500 at Martinsville, Speedway - Race Talk
03-27-2014, 12:03 AM
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The STP 500 at Martinsville, Speedway - Race Talk
The STP 500 at Martinsville, Speedway (.526-mile oval, Martinsville, VA)

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

Sunday, March 30, 1:00 pm ET

Primary Chassis: PRS-902
Last Raced: New chassis

THE NEWS & NOTES
  • STILL RUNNING UP FRONT EVERY WEEK: Coming off of two-consecutive races where Joey Logano had a car capable of better finishes than the result, the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil team will be looking for a turnaround this weekend in Martinsville. Logano suffered a power-steering failure in Bristol while running second and fell three laps off the pace during repairs, as he eventually finished 20th. Last weekend in Fontana, Logano was running third when a rear end gear broke, sending him behind the wall once again which resulted in a 39th place finish.
  • TEAM PENSKE = QUALIFYING: Between Logano and his teammate Brad Keselowski, the Team Penske duo continues to experience success in NASCAR’s new knockout qualifying sessions. Logano and Keselowski, along with six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson, are the only three drivers to have advanced to the “final around” of the knockout qualifying since its inception at Phoenix. Logano has qualified second, first, fourth and seventh in the previous four races.
  • COME BACK TO ME MARTINSVILLE: Early in his career, Logano appeared to have a good handle on the paperclip-shaped Martinsville Speedway. The last couple of years have been a different story for the 23-year-old driver. Logano earned three finishes of 12th or better (including a second-place in 2010) in his first four races at Martinsville. Since then, however, Logano has produced a best finish of 13th.
  • QUALIFYING AT MARTINSVILLE: Despite his tough luck in the race, Logano has been strong in qualifying at Martinsville. In his 10-career races at the track, Logano has qualified inside the top 10 half of the time, including starts of fourth (his career-best) and sixth last season.
  • TESTING: Over the next couple of weeks, Logano and the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil team will spend plenty of time trying to make their Ford Fusions even better. The team will test at Little Rock outside of Rockingham this week and will follow that up with a test at Memphis next week prior to the race at Texas.


AFTER SUFFERING MECHANICAL ISSUES IN THE LAST COUPLE OF RACES, HOW DO YOU STAY POSITIVE?

“It does get frustrating. But I think it would be even more frustrating if we were not running well. The fact is that the last two weeks we’ve had cars that I really think could have won the race. We were a top-three car at Bristol and I think we could have battled for the lead late and us and the 24 were probably the two best cars in California. So it’s frustrating, but at least we are running good and running up front. It would be even more frustrating if we were having these issues while running 20th each week. But it’s early in the season and there is plenty of time to turn it all around. We know where we are and where we need to be. We just need to fix these mechanical issues.”

IS IT CHALLENGING TO GO FROM A TWO-MILE CALIFORNIA TRACK TO A HALF-MILE MARTINSVILE?

“That is just part of our sport. When you leave one track, you immediately turn your focus to the next track. That is the best part about our sport and something I tell fans all the time when they ask me what my favorite track is. In our sport, you get to experience it all. You get to run 2.5-mile superspeedways, two-mile wide tracks, road courses, half-mile flat tracks and half-mile banked tracks, concrete tracks and asphalt tracks. It’s really the test of who can be the best on all of them. So you get used to seeing different types of tracks week after week. You just prepare for what you have ahead of you.”
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03-27-2014, 01:39 AM
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Go Joey GO!!

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03-29-2014, 03:46 AM
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Good qualifying, you can win this thing, stay smart and patient!
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03-29-2014, 11:11 AM
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Qualifying never an issue at Martinsville. Its the race. Starting on the low line is great. Interesting to see if Kyle lets Denny in because that outside goes backwards fast. Top 15 would make me happy. Something better makes me extremely happy. Go Joey
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03-29-2014, 06:10 PM (This post was last modified: 03-29-2014 06:11 PM by jlogano22.)
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(03-29-2014 11:11 AM)22forLogano Wrote:  Qualifying never an issue at Martinsville. Its the race. Starting on the low line is great. Interesting to see if Kyle lets Denny in because that outside goes backwards fast. Top 15 would make me happy. Something better makes me extremely happy. Go Joey

only a top 15?? with a car like this?

PFFft thats no reason to be satisfied

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03-31-2014, 03:40 AM
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Good race, however..noticed a few things. Logano always starts out strong, some insane caution comes along, the pace stalled, he gets it back, charges, pit crew slow time..makes head way to the front then doesn't seem to have enough juice at the end for the final push but is still strong. Pit crew is better this year, but they gotta keep it up all the time. Go Joey! You are focused and stay strong, your win will come!
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03-31-2014, 07:10 PM
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Damaged left front caused the 4th to 20th spot. But he had to use a lot of car to get back to the front. All in all, great race, lead laps at his 2nd worst track. Like Joey said, back to the momentum he needs. Great job from whole team. Proud to be a Joey fan!
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03-31-2014, 07:12 PM
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(03-29-2014 06:10 PM)jlogano22 Wrote:  
(03-29-2014 11:11 AM)22forLogano Wrote:  Qualifying never an issue at Martinsville. Its the race. Starting on the low line is great. Interesting to see if Kyle lets Denny in because that outside goes backwards fast. Top 15 would make me happy. Something better makes me extremely happy. Go Joey

only a top 15?? with a car like this?

PFFft thats no reason to be satisfied

If you would have posted before the race, yeah, top 15 would have been solid weekend for his 2nd worst track and little practice. So getting 4th and having awesome race, super juiced.
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03-31-2014, 10:10 PM
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(03-29-2014 06:10 PM)jlogano22 Wrote:  
(03-29-2014 11:11 AM)22forLogano Wrote:  Qualifying never an issue at Martinsville. Its the race. Starting on the low line is great. Interesting to see if Kyle lets Denny in because that outside goes backwards fast. Top 15 would make me happy. Something better makes me extremely happy. Go Joey

only a top 15?? with a car like this?

PFFft thats no reason to be satisfied

(03-31-2014 07:12 PM)22forLogano Wrote:  
(03-29-2014 06:10 PM)jlogano22 Wrote:  
(03-29-2014 11:11 AM)22forLogano Wrote:  Qualifying never an issue at Martinsville. Its the race. Starting on the low line is great. Interesting to see if Kyle lets Denny in because that outside goes backwards fast. Top 15 would make me happy. Something better makes me extremely happy. Go Joey

only a top 15?? with a car like this?

PFFft thats no reason to be satisfied

If you would have posted before the race, yeah, top 15 would have been solid weekend for his 2nd worst track and little practice. So getting 4th and having awesome race, super juiced.

uhh the race was on the 30th, that post is from the 29th

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