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2014 Martinsville Q&A: NASCAR Sprint Cup - Joey Logano
Posted by: ASkyler on Mar 29, 2014 - 01:49 PM
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2014 Martinsville Q&A: NASCAR Sprint Cup - Joey Logano


Ford Racing driver Joey Logano, fresh off his Martinsville Speedway track qualifying record run from Friday in the No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Fusion, is a top contender to win tomorrow’s STP 500. Logano spoke with Ford Racing during a rain delay on Saturday to talk about Sunday’s race and what it will take to end up in victory lane.

JOEY LOGANO - No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford Fusion - HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR CAR IF WE DON’T GET ANY PRACTICE TODAY? "I still feel pretty good about it. Todd and I have talked a lot about what we need here to race well and kind of just what we’ve been doing at every other track. We don’t really show a ton of speed in practice and we feel pretty good when the race starts, so even if it rains out today it’s not the end of the world. I’m not really worried about it. Obviously, people take their practice to try things and learn something, but really in all honesty we’re OK. I feel like we have a shot at it."

 

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WHAT IS THE KEY TO RUNNING WELL HERE TOMORROW? BEING GOOD ON A LONG RUN OR SHORT RUN OR BOTH? "There will be some long runs. There will be cars that go like crazy to start the run and will move ahead, but then they wear their stuff out and they come back. The best car is the one that has both because it most likely comes down to a 10-lap run at the end of the race, but if your car is not good throughout a long run, you’re not gonna be in position to go for that 10-lap run at the end of the race, so you have to have both. The winning car is gonna have both, unless there’s a tire strategy thing that comes into play. We look for everything. If you just focus on one thing, you’re probably not gonna be good enough."

HOW IMPORTANT IS PATIENCE HERE BECAUSE IT HAPPENS OFTEN THAT A GUY GETS TURNED EARLY AND MAY GO MULTIPLE LAPS DOWN, BUT BY THE END OF THE DAY THEY STILL HAVE A GOOD FINISH. "It seems that at this place when one thing goes wrong another one goes wrong and it just snowballs. You’ve got to be able to keep your cool and maintain even when something goes wrong because typically at some point you’re gonna lose your track position. That happens throughout a race, so you’ve got to keep your calm and be patient working your way back up through the field because 500 laps around here is a long time. You can make passes here because tire wear comes in to play, so when someone is falling off and switching back, you’re able to get by them. You’ll see some of that for sure and then you’ll see other guys that will get their nose knocked in and it snowballs the rest of the day. You just have to be smart throughout the day and not get too amped up when things are going on."

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