"Does this race, going to Iowa, make perfect sense to run? No, it doesn't," Logano said with a laugh as the rain fell Friday. "I'm not going to lie about that."
Logano won last year at Pocono, but his team, Penske Racing, also needed a driver for its No. 22 car in Iowa this year. Logano volunteered.
Nemechek's situation is different. Nemechek owns NEMCO Motorsports, a significantly smaller operation than Penske. Nemechek can use all the races and exposure he can get, and he has pulled the double circuit in the past.
"We've been trying to keep our Nationwide team going along with our Cup team," Nemechek said. "We pick up very limited sponsorship, and we're trying to keep the car locked in the points. You just go on and on down the list, but it keeps getting harder and harder every year to do it."
Nemechek and his team were still solidifying the logistics of the weekend as late as Thursday. Unlike Penske, which can shuttle Logano on its own planes, Nemechek had to rely on sponsor Herbal Mist teas to arrange transportation. As a result, Nemechek had driver Kevin Lepage practice his car at Iowa on Friday while he remained at Pocono for qualifying there.
NASCAR typically holds its Nationwide and Sprint Cup races at the same track each weekend, but there are a few exceptions. Nemechek and several others made hauls between Iowa and Pocono last year.
Landon Cassill and J.J. Yeley are the other two drivers entered in both races this year.
The rain at Pocono increased the uncertainty of the weekend plans as drivers waited out the delay. The cancellation of qualifying means owner points will determine starting position, so Jimmie Johnson will automatically sit on the pole for the 400-mile race.
The timing of each race leaves little time for sleep. Saturday's race in Iowa starts at 8 p.m. and Sunday's race starts at 1 p.m. Last year, Nemechek said, his team landed in Pocono Sunday morning at 1 or 2 a.m.
"You're tired on Sunday. That's no question," Nemechek said.
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