Salem's High Banks No Sweat For 15-Year-Old Joey Logano Pro Cup Youngster Comes Home With Top-Five In First Trip To Historic Track MOORESVILLE, NC (August 1, 2005) -- Salem Speedway in Salem, Indiana, is one of the legendary Midwest tracks.
Salem's High Banks No Sweat For 15-Year-Old Joey Logano
Pro Cup Youngster Comes Home With Top-Five In First Trip To Historic Track
MOORESVILLE, NC (August 1, 2005) -- Salem Speedway in Salem, Indiana, is one of the legendary Midwest tracks. Its old asphalt, high speeds, unique line and 33-degree banked corners will help tame any driver and will often show the difference between the men and the boys. And even though he is still a boy in many people's eyes, thanks to his 15-years of age, Joey Logano proved to be quite a man in Saturday night's Lucas Oil 250, USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series Northern Division race.
"It is a pretty neat track," said Logano of his thoughts of the track. "It's a hard track to pass on. I had a lot of fun there, though. It is a pretty wild place. It is a lot different than you are used to. In turn three and four, you are running right up next to the wall there and that makes it pretty hard to pass. You can't be running door-to-door there."
Logano qualified a disappointing 15th for Saturday night's race, but didn't let that slow his charge to the front. In fact, he didn't let anything, not even a late-race spin, slow his run to his third-straight, top-five finish. The youngster pulled out of Salem's .555-mile track with a solid fourth-place finish.
It was not a day and night, however, without its share of interesting moments.
Logano struggled for the first 50 laps before coming to pit row for numerous unscheduled stops during the first 75 laps. Logano's crew made the right adjustments and put the rookie on the track in seventh spot after the round of pit stops.
"We got a bad set of tires because we were sixth quick in practice and we went to qualify and we qualified 15th," said Logano. "We couldn't figure out what was wrong with the car at the time. We short pitted, put on some new tires, and it definitely made us a little bit better once we had new tires on. After that, we just tried picking them off slowly and staying out of the wrecks."
Logano couldn't stay out of every wreck, though. Late in the event, he got together with Joel Kauffman while trying to take over the third position.
"I went into turn three door-to-door with Kauffman. I'm not really sure what happened there. I was either going to run into his door or spin out, so I sort of got spun out there. We lost a couple of positions, but I got it going pretty quick. It didn't hurt us too much until we got rear ended hard. It knocked the spoiler down and messed up the rear end a little bit.
"The car was super loose after that accident. I was just giving it all I had after that, and I was able to get Benny Gordon there at the end. Overall, it was a good night, and I'm happy we were still able to hold on to fourth."
The fourth-place finish marked Logano's third-straight, top-five finish and fifth in just seven races this year, which included a win at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway in just his second start.
"I think it is pretty cool to continue this streak that we are on, especially after Saturday night. I knew that we would have a top-five car, but that is a hard track to go to for the first time. With a track like that, you are not really sure what is going to happen. So I'm happy with the finish. It is our third top-five in a row and I hope we can keep that streak up."
It is a short off-week for Logano and his Joey Logano Racing team. They are testing at South Boston Speedway on Monday in preparation for this weekend's event at the famed Virginia track on Saturday night. The Lucas Oil 250 is set for this Saturday night at South Boston Speedway. The race is scheduled to go green at 7pm.