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2014 Michigan II: Joey Logano NASCAR Sprint Cup Post Race Press Conference
Posted by: ASkyler on Aug 17, 2014 - 05:44 PM
2014 Michigan II: Joey Logano NASCAR Sprint Cup Post Race Press Conference

JOEY LOGANO THIRD PLACE PRESS CONFERENCE -- JOEY LOGANO, No 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford Fusion - TAKE US THROUGH THE RACE AND THE LAST FEW LAPS. "I had a really good Shell Pennzoi Ford. My guys did a good job all weekend. We had a fast car when we unloaded and showed that in qualifying and practice all week. I woke up this morning and felt really good about it. When Todd (Gordon) feels really good about it I know we will be alright. We took off in the beginning of the race and led a lot of laps. We kept tightening the car up and getting better. By the end we got it right where it needed to be and then just restart after restart after restart. I won every single restart except the last one and here I am. That is kind of frustrating but I almost had him there and I rode around in fourth hoping for a restart because that is the spot you want to be. Then I realized we weren’t going to get another restart and went for third from there."


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WHAT DO YOU TAKE AWAY FROM TODAY BEING RIGHT THERE BUT NOT WINNING? "That we can win a championship. I really feel like we can do that. That is the message I want to put out there and I want to put it out there for my team, that we are strong enough to do it this year. I think we showed it today. We need to find a little more speed to keep up with one car today. We were the second best car. The 24 was the best because he was good on the long run and we weren’t as good on the long run. We are close. We still have to keep working hard and find that next level here in three weeks now to be this strong in the Chase but right now we are in the hunt and doing what we have to do. I said after Pocono and we finished third that it doesn’t matter because wins are the only thing that matter. We like the momentum. It is good to go into the Chase with momentum and top-five and top-10 finishes which has moved us up in the points but that is why I raced so hard at the end there. I was trying to get that position. I almost got him in turn one but wasn’t able to clear him and got pulled back on the straightaway again."

WHAT WAS THE DIFFERENCE ON THE LAST RESTART? "My strong point was turn one all day. I was really good getting into turn one and that was kind of the 24’s worst spot. It kind of worked out for me. I got a good run off the corner and was able to draft on him on the straightaway and thought it was my one shot. I knew I had about four, maybe five laps tops before your tires get hot and you lose all your mechanical grip and it is really hard to pass cars. I drove it off in there and tried to get him a little free, which I did, and got underneath him and then he was able to pull me back and then after that Kevin (Harvick) had a really good run on the top and I was trying to hang on. When a car gets on your door like that you are swatting flies inside your car. I lost a position to Paul (Menard) and then they were gone."

AFTER THE JUNE RACE, YOUR TEAMMATE SAID HE FELT LIKE HENDRICK WAS FAR AHEAD, LIKE A YEAR AHEAD ON ENGINE DEVELOPMENT AND POWER. DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU CLOSED THE GAP A LITTLE BIT TODAY? "Yeah, we've closed the gap. I don't think we're a year behind. Do I think the Hendrick Chevy's are the best motors out there right now? Yes, I do. But I think this race track caters to the Ford motor a little bit more than normal. We're good on the high rpm stuff. Not slowing much in the corners. This is kind of our wheelhouse. Then for the Hendrick Chevy's, it seems like the bottom end horsepower is where they got it. That's not speed. That's race‑ability stuff, you're able to get that spot on somebody off the corner. We've closed the gap, worked a lot on it. We're coming. We're coming. We're just not there yet."

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