CHASE WATCH: Even though the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season is just six races old, it is never too early for teams and drivers to start looking at the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship standings. After six races, Joey Logano finds himself 11th in points despite a string of bad luck and mechanical issues early in the season. Logano is positioned just five points outside of the top 10 and less than 20 points out of eighth place in the point standings.
IMPORTANT SHELL WEEKEND: The annual races at Texas Motor Speedway are always among the most important events of the season for Logano’s primary sponsor, Shell-Pennzoil. The company’s US headquarters are located in the state of Texas, 250 miles away in Houston.
LOOKING TO JOIN EXCLUSIVE COMPANY: This weekend, when most of the Sprint Cup Series drivers are enjoying a rare Sunday off, Logano will be hoping to fulfill one of his career goals. Logano will make his return to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Sunday afternoon at Rockingham Speedway, piloting the No. 19 Ford F-Series for Brad Keselowski Racing. Logano is looking to become the 24th driver to earn at least one win in the top-three NASCAR National Series divisions (Cup, NNS, Trucks).
HOW DO YOU FEEL YOU HAVE BEEN ON INTERMEDIATE TRACKS THIS SEASON? “So far, I think the intermediate tracks have been our strong point for sure. We were really strong at Vegas and had a car that was capable of finishing in the top five and I had a small mistake on pit road. At California, I think we were one of the two or three best cars all day long and we should have won that race. So I feel like the 1.5-mile and the two-mile tracks have been our strong suit so far this year. That makes me pretty excited for this weekend.”
WHAT ADVANTAGE WILL YOU HAVE WITH THE OPEN TEST DAY ON THURSDAY? “You can never gather too much information about these new Gen6 cars. With the testing rules that we have now, you can’t just go and test all the time, so having these open days gives us all a shot to put some information-gathering devices on these cars and really learn more about them. It will make us all closer when the weekend comes around for sure.”