ON A HOT STREAK: Joey Logano enters the race at Michigan this weekend riding a bit of a hot streak in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Logano finished 10th last weekend at Pocono Raceway, marking his third-straight top-10 finish (fourth if you count the Sprint All-Star race) and his sixth top 10 in his last 10 races.
DADDY TOM: One of the most well-known fathers in the garage area, Tom Logano has been with his son throughout his entire racing career. A garbage man from the Northeast, Tom Logano got his son interested in racing after buying him a go-kart at an early age despite not having a racing background himself. Since that point, the two have worked together throughout Logano’s racing career before the youngster was signed to run in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS). In fact, in just his third Nationwide Series start, coming on Father’s Day weekend, the younger Logano scored his first NNS win, making him the youngest NNS winner in NASCAR history and giving his dad the best Father’s Day gift of his life.
MICHIGAN FEAST OR FAMINE: Michigan International Speedway has been both a good and bad track for Logano over the course of his Sprint Cup Series career. In eight starts at the track, Logano has three top-10 finishes, all of which came early in his career. Last year, Logano was running in the top 10 in both Cup Series races at Michigan before being involved in accidents.
FORD RACING DAY: This coming Thursday, Logano and the rest of the Ford Racing family of drivers will visit the Ford headquarters in Dearborn, Mich., for Ford Racing Day. As part of the visit, the drivers to tour the facility, partake in several activities and sign autographs for Ford employees.
POINTS RACE: Logano moved up two spots in the point standings to 16th after Pocono. He’s now just 26 points out of the Chase.
YOU ARE RUNNING WELL RIGHT NOW, HOW DO YOU KEEP THAT GOING WEEK TO WEEK? “The best teams are able to run up front each and every weekend. That is where we need to get this Shell-Pennzoil team. I think we need to get to the point to where we unload the car and start the race closer to the front, so we have a better shot at the win and at top fives. We have been getting some good finishes this year, but it seems like we are always fighting back from a problem or fighting from the back of the field. If we can get to where we are a little better at the start of the weekend, I think you will see a whole different outcome.”
HOW DO YOU GET TO THAT POINT? “All that will just come with time. The thing I need to keep telling myself is that we are still only 14 races into this new relationship. (Crew chief) Todd (Gordon) and myself have only been together for 14 races and I’ve only been with Penske Racing for 14 races. We’ve come a long way, but we are still working and learning new things about each other every single weekend. With time, that will come. I think we’ve done pretty good so far, but we want to keep it going. You never want to come to the track and stop learning. We still are for sure.”
-Penske Racing PR