October 23, 2015 |
JOEY LOGANO vs. Matt Kenseth - the first major conflict in this year's Chase. With only five more Chase races remaining, there's bound to be more heavyweight heat generated among drivers and crews. The major question I have about Sunday's Kansas race is: Did Logano have to spin out Kenseth to pick up his fifth win of the season, or could Logano have passed Kenseth cleanly? Entering the Kansas race, Kenseth had collected the most wins this season (five). Logano had won four. Logano knew that if he could prevent Kenseth from winning the race, he would force Kenseth into a must-win situation Sunday in the CampingWorld.com 500 at Talladega.
August 7, 2015 |
THIS JUST IN: I'm leaning toward launching a line of stylish T-shirts reading, "I hate fuel-mileage races. Are you with me?" Sure, there was substantial drama in the final laps of Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Pocono after the three fastest cars of Joey Logano, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. ran out of fuel. Matt Kenseth inherited his first Pocono win in 32 starts. I know crazy things happen in races, but generally drivers with the fastest cars are supposed to win. Logano led the most laps, 97, but he experienced that empty feeling with just under three laps remaining in the 160-lap event.
May 29, 2015 |
DURING THE TESTING session earlier this month at Dover International Speedway, Joey Logano was asked what his team was learning. Smiling, Logano replied, "I can't tell you our secrets. " Later, referring to the annual Dover-Pocono softball game, Logano laughed and said, "You should see me play second base. They call me 'Joey Doubleplay.' " One pleasure of this job is seeing people mature and develop. At age 18, Logano was rushed into the Sprint Cup series a year ahead of schedule when Tony Stewart left Joe Gibbs Racing.
February 20, 2015 |
AFTER THIS season's final race in November, Jeff Gordon will ride off into the sunset. He announced last month that this will be his final season as a Sprint Cup Series racer. Gordon doesn't want a "Farewell to Jeff" theme this season, but after you've won 92 races, third most all-time, farewell tributes are in order. Securing the pole position for Sunday's Daytona 500 is a terrific start. "The pole for the Daytona 500, I know, is a big deal," Gordon said. "I'm approaching it the same way. It's business as usual.
April 11, 2014 |
FOR THOSE of us eagerly awaiting an influx of young racing talent in NASCAR to stimulate interest, it appears our wish is coming true. Thank you, Kyle Larson, Austin Dillon, Chase Elliott and others. Larson, 21, finished second in the California Sprint Cup race March 23 after winning the Nationwide Series race the day before. He finished fifth at Texas in Monday's rain-delayed Cup race. Dillon, 23, is 12th in points with an average finish of 15.2 in the season's first seven races.
August 23, 2013 |
THREE RACES to go before the Daring Dozen field is set for the Chase, and surely a handful of drivers still hoping to qualify for the 10-race tournament are experiencing angst. Right now, Kasey Kahne (11th in points, two wins) and Martin Truex Jr. (12th, one win) hold the two wild cards. Of the drivers 13th through 17th, only Joey Logano (13th) and Ryan Newman (15th) have wins, one apiece. Jeff Gordon is 14th, Jamie McMurray 16th and Paul Menard 17th. Tony Stewart, 18th in points with one win, is out of contention since his broken leg will sideline him for the season.
August 2, 2013 |
Time is beginning to run short for Joey Logano and his NASCAR Sprint Cup team. The 23-year-old driver of the No. 22 Ford is 18th in the standings with just six races remaining until the Chase for the Sprint Cup begins. The top 12 drivers in points qualify for the Chase, which is essentially NASCAR's playoffs. Logano needs to make up about six points to have a chance at the Chase, and he can get started this Sunday at the GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway - a track that has been kind to Logano in recent years.
July 23, 2013
Joey Logano held off Sam Hornish Jr. to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series race Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. Logano, the lone Sprint Cup regular in the race, earned his second Nationwide win of the year and No. 20 for his career. He also won at Dover in June. Hornish held on for second, giving car owner Roger Penske the top two spots. Austin Dillon finished third, earning a $100,000 bonus. TENNIS: Serena Williams won her 53d WTA title by beating Johanna Larsson , 6-4, 6-1, in the final of the Swedish Open in Bastad.
July 23, 2013 |
JOLIET, Ill. - When "The Captain" asked, Joey Logano answered. Did he ever. Logano held off Sam Hornish Jr. to win the NASCAR Nationwide race at Chicagoland Speedway yesterday, leading a sweep of top two spots for Roger Penske after the owner asked him to drive the No. 22 car on a rare weekend off for the Sprint Cup series. "Really big for us to get a 1-2 finish for Penske. That's awesome," Logano said. "To come out here, our goal is to win this thing. That's why I came out here on my off week, it was to come out here and win. " Penske, nicknamed "The Captain," approached Logano this month during the NASCAR stop at Daytona and asked if he would drive in the first of two Nationwide races at Chicagoland this season.
June 8, 2013 |
Three states and just shy of 1,000 miles separate Iowa Speedway from Pocono Raceway. Most NASCAR drivers this weekend will choose to race at just one: the Nationwide race in Iowa or the Party in the Poconos 400 Sprint Cup race at Pocono. But Joey Logano, Joe Nemechek, and two others plan to race in both states with a turnaround of just hours. It's a grueling haul that will require several flights as the drivers try to practice, qualify, and race at each track. For example, Logano initially planned to start Friday at Pocono for practice and qualifying before flying to Iowa later in the day for a practice.