Joey Logano Knows Patience Will Be Key at Myrtle Beach 15-Year-Old Tests This Week to Prepare for Pro Cup Bash MOORESVILLE, NC (October 19, 2005) -- Joey Logano has been to Myrtle Beach Speedway before this week, but considering that he was...
Joey Logano Knows Patience Will Be Key at Myrtle Beach
15-Year-Old Tests This Week to Prepare for Pro Cup Bash
MOORESVILLE, NC (October 19, 2005) -- Joey Logano has been to Myrtle Beach Speedway before this week, but considering that he was running a scaled-down Legacy Car and not a USAR Pro Cup machine, he might as well have been racing at Daytona. Very little would translate between the two racecars, so the 15-year-old made a return appearance to the facility early this week for a test session.
Yet, considering how well that test went, Logano should be right in the hunt for a top finish as the Pro Cup Championship portion of the series continues with Saturday night's Mark Brooks Memorial Bi-Lo 250.
"I ran a legacy car there, but of course, the pro cup is a totally different car," said Logano. "So we went and tested there Sunday and Monday. We were pretty good. We were really happy with the car."
Logano's team learned that track conditions will make the race a challenge for all of the competitors.
"The track has no grip. I don't think anyone there could find any grip. The asphalt there is getting really old, so it will be a real interesting race, that is for sure.
"We tried a lot of different stuff. There is going to be a lot of saving your tires throughout the race. It will be a race with patience. A lot of the veterans will probably be up front there at the end. They will know how to drive that race. It isn't going to be about how fast you are the whole time, but more about how well you can keep the tires under you."
The championship part of the Pro Cup season started with a second-place finish at Jennerstown Speedway (PA), but bad luck at Mansfield Motorsports Park (OH) left Logano with a finish of 35th. Logano now hopes to dig out the hole that presented itself at Mansfield in the final three races of 2005.
"We need to bounce back after Mansfield. We could have run out front there. We should be able to run up front here. It would be important for sure, especially for points. We are just going to try and do the same things we do every race, but there will be a lot more of an emphasis on tires this time. Getting on the pole here isn't going to matter. The first 100 laps won't matter. You need to be there at the end and that's what we are planning to do."
Logano has been getting plenty of attention this week from outside the racing community. This past Sunday, Joey was one of the featured drivers during a primetime special on the cable news network titled "NASCAR: Driven to Extremes," hosted by Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
Gupta, the CNN senior medical correspondent, followed NASCAR drivers on and off the track to examine safety and athletic performance in America's No. 1 spectator sport. The segment on Logano followed him from North Carolina to Pennsylvania in the Hooters Pro Cup Series and focused on young talent and whether it is something that is learned or something that few are born with.
The Mark Brooks Memorial Bi-Lo 250 is scheduled to take the green flag at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 22nd. The race will be televised on SPEED Channel at 10pm ET on Saturday, October 29th.