YET ANOTHER TOP-10 RUN: Despite falling a lap down early and running out of fuel as the white flag flew, Joey Logano was still able to cross the finish line 10th at Dover International Speedway last weekend, collecting his third straight top-10 finish and fourth in the last six races. That puts Logano as the only non-Chase driver to collect top-10 finishes in the first three races of the Chase and one of only four drivers with top-10s in the first three Chase races. In fact, had Logano been able to win another race and make the Chase, he would be seventh in the point standings less than 40 points out of the top spot. Logano made a similar late-season run back in 2010, when he earned four top-five and six top-10 finishes, including a run of finishes of seventh, sixth, fifth, fourth and third, in the final 10 races of that season.
TESTING: The 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car will see the track once again this week at Talladega Superspeedway and Logano will be behind the wheel of the JGR 2013 car for the first time. Logano will participate in the Talladega test and will be accompanied by a number of JGR engineers and body shop reps. The 2013 car has an entirely new body design and is supposed to allow fans a chance to return to the roots of the sport when street cars were actually turned into race cars. The cars are made to more closely resemble their street versions.
From the Cockpit: Joey Logano Quotes: “Over the last couple of years, I’ve really felt like I’ve become a pretty good superspeedway and restrictor plate driver. It’s a lot like road course racing. A few years ago, there were several guys who were a lot better than everyone else at road course racing, just like there were a few drivers who were a lot better than everyone else at restrictor plate tracks. Now though, I think the competition has tightened up and a lot of the drivers have adapted and we are all getting better at all disciplines of racing. When I first started, I don’t think I was very good at restrictor plate races. But the more I’ve done them, both in the Cup Series and in the Nationwide Series, I’ve got a knack for it. I’ve been able to win a couple of them in the Nationwide Series and I feel like I’ve been pretty close in the Cup Series.
“Like anyone will tell you, the biggest things is putting yourself in the right position and staying out of the big wreck. There are a lot of different thoughts about that. Some people try and race up front and some people try and ride around in the back. You think that riding in the back might be the way to go, but that is something I’ve never really tried until the first race at Talladega this year and we got caught up in every single big wreck I felt like and eventually taken out of the race. At Daytona, I decided to race up front the whole time and I was able to miss some of the wrecks and finish in the top-five. But really it’s just a crap shoot. The big wreck can happen anywhere, especially with the new rules package that keeps us in the big pack. You just have to hope you survive it all and are there at the end of the race.”
Source: Joe Gibbs Racing