USAR: Hickory: Joey Logano race report

Logano Collects Top Five in First Pro Cup Southern Division Event Even A Broken Exhaust Pipe Doesn't Keep the 15-Year-Old Down at Hickory MOORESVILLE, NC (July 12, 2005) -- This past weekend was an off weekend for the Northern Division of the...

Logano Collects Top Five in First Pro Cup Southern Division Event
Even A Broken Exhaust Pipe Doesn't Keep the 15-Year-Old Down at Hickory

MOORESVILLE, NC (July 12, 2005) -- This past weekend was an off weekend for the Northern Division of the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series. But that didn't mean that Joey Logano and his #51 team were going to sit back and take it easy. The 15-year-old's goal in racing right now is to gain as much experience as possible, so his team elected to take in the Pro Cup Southern Division race that was scheduled on Saturday night. Ironically, they got to stay close to home; the race took place at North Carolina's legendary Hickory Motor Speedway.

"Hickory is 55 minutes from our shop and we had a lot of people who could go there, so we thought it would be a good race for us," said Logano. "Next year, we'll probably go there again. It's good to get experience at different tracks."

Logano gained plenty of experience after starting an impressive eighth and finishing fifth.

"Our car wasn't that good for qualifying and we've been good on long runs whenever we've got them. As the race got going, we got better and tried to stay out of trouble."

The 250-lap event wasn't without drama, though, for Logano and his team.

"The exhaust pipe fell out of the bottom of the car about halfway through the race," said Logano. "I had to hit the wall to knock it out. When I did that, we knocked the side skirt off and it was hanging in front of the right rear tire. When we came in to make a pit stop and change tires, it was in the way and we couldn't get the tire back on. We had problems, but stayed on the lead lap. We were good at the end."

Although it was the first time that Logano raced at Hickory in a Pro Cup car, it wasn't the first time he had been to the track. His previous races there, though, were in something completely different.

"I ran an Allison Legacy car there a few times. Those are three-quarter scale cars. It was a good learning experience to drive that, but there wasn't much in common with a Pro Cup car."

Next up for Logano is a Saturday night race in the Northern Division at Motor Mile Speedway (VA). Logano has been doing his homework for that event.

"We tested there three times now," said Logano. "We tested there last week. We were decent. We weren't really fast, but if we stay out of trouble this weekend, I know that we can get a good finish. It's fast and has high banks. I like the track a lot."

The Greased Lightning 250 at Motor Mile takes place Saturday, July 16th, at 7:30pm.

-LoganoMotorsports.com

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