LOOKING TO GO BACK-TO-BACK: Joey Logano enters the Pocono Raceway weekend as the defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race winner at the track. Last season, Logano earned the pole, led a race-best 49 laps and passed his childhood mentor, Mark Martin, with just five laps to go, to earn his second-career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory.
SPEED DEMON: Two of Logano’s five career Sprint Cup Series pole positions have come at Pocono Raceway. He earned the pole in the second race of 2011 and again in the first race at the track last season, where he also set a track qualifying record.
BUSY DOUBLE-DUTY WEEEKND: It’s nothing new when Logano pulls double duty between the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series. But this weekend will be a little different. Logano will be pulling double duty between the Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono and the Nationwide Series race at Iowa. The plans call for Logano to practice and qualify his Cup car in Pocono, then fly to Iowa to compete in final practice before heading back to Pocono. On Saturday, he will compete in both Sprint Cup Series practices before heading to Iowa for qualifying and the Nationwide Series race.
HOT STREAK: Over the last few weeks, Logano has been riding a hot streak across both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series. Logano earned a second-place finish in the All-Star race at Charlotte, followed by a third-place finish in the Charlotte Nationwide race, a fifth-place finish in the Coke 600 and then he topped it off with a win in the Dover Nationwide race and a seventh-place finish at Dover in the Cup event.
HOW DOES IT FEEL GOING BACK AS THE DEFENDING WINNER? “It always a good thing when you go to the track and you feel like people are going to look at you as one of the guys to beat. And with the way our Shell-Pennzoil team has been running as of late, I feel like we are going into each weekend now as a threat to run up front and a threat to win the race. Plus it’s Pocono. Some people don’t seem to like this place, but I’ve always felt like it was one of my better tracks. A lot like Dover, I feel like I know what it takes to be good there and what I need out of the car to get the most out of it.”
HOW HIGH IS YOUR CONFIDENCE RIGHT NOW? “I don’t really think my confidence has ever really wavered much. I feel like this team has been strong all year long, even when we went those few weeks without our regular guys at the track. You can pinpoint a few races where we were off, but a lot of the bad finishes we’ve had are the result of things we can’t control, like getting caught up in a wreck or having engine issues. I feel like if we eliminated those and some of the mechanical issues we had early, this team should be in the top 10 easily in the points. So we just need to keep doing what we are doing. The confidence is there. The team is there. We just need to put it together every week.”
-Penske Racing PR