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2017 Michigan II Q&A: NASCAR Monster Energy - Joey Logano
Posted by: ASkyler on Aug 11, 2017 - 07:08 PM
2017 Michigan II Q&A: NASCAR Monster Energy - Joey Logano

Joey Logano, driver of the No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford Fusion, needs a victory to qualify for this yearís NASCAR Playoffs. A two-time winner here at Michigan International Speedway, Logano stopped by the infield media center after practice to discuss his chances for a third.

JOEY LOGANO - No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford Fusion - WHAT IS IT ABOUT MICHIGAN THAT SUITS YOU? "I think itís a lot of different things. Itís always a lot of fun, particularly on restarts thereís a lot to take advantage of, thereís a lot of opportunity that arises in those moments. It showed again in the spring when we were able to drive up to third with a car that wasnít quite as good as a third-place car was, so weíll try to be better this time. I think our car to start off has been substantially better than the last time we were here, so we made some good gains. It looks like our teammate has some good speed, so weíre hoping to try to turn some things around here and get our third win here at Michigan."

HOW DO YOU NOT GET DESPERATE AND HOW MUCH OF THIS WEEKEND IS IMPORTANT TO PULL IT OFF? "I think you do get a little bit desperate. Youíve got to win. There is no second option, so the intensity is very, very high. You have to be on point all the time. Every change has to be a good one. Every lap has to be a good one. Every moment becomes more and more important on the race track and thatís OK. Thatís where you find out what youíre made out of, so Iím all right with that. Thatís basically what itís like for every driver that makes the playoffs and every team that makes the playoffs. They have to be better than what they were all year long to get to Homestead and race for a championship, so weíre starting that a little bit sooner because we have to. The weekend itself, during practice that intensity is up throughout the whole weekend. Itís not just the race itself. From when you start to think about what youíre gonna do here at Michigan on Monday all the way through the week, there are a lot of thoughts going through your mind."

HOW DIFFERENT IS BRISTOL NEXT WEEK? "Weíll have a different car. We donít really ever turn around a car week to week, not at Team Penske. Thatís a lot to ask for to turn the car around. These cars are scheduled out months ahead of where theyíre gonna go and everything because itís not just one car, youíve got your backup cars and all that. When you go through teams, youíre trying to get everything ready for and the schedule becomes very important of where these cars are going to be placed out and strategically placed out in certain ways to make sure we have the best cars when we go to the race track. What we run here at Michigan body spec-wise is pretty similar, but obviously the setup and everything underneath the car is completely different."

ARE YOU EXCITED TO BE A DAD SOON? "Iím ready this book that Brad bought me called Dude Youíre Gonna Be a Dad. Itís actually been pretty accurate so far. It takes you through the pregnancy stages of what your wife is going through and thatís been pretty accurate, but as far as the baby part I havenít got to that part of the book. Beside that, weíve painted the room. Weíve got a crib. Weíve got the stuff. We did the registering, which was way more than I ever thought it would be and harder than I thought it would be. They gave us two scanners and I was over in the corner scanning all the toys. ĎCool, a dump truck. He needs a dump truck.í Sheís over there figuring out the bottles and I was like, ĎWell, maybe I should go back over there.í So itís gonna be fun, but, really, you donít know what you donít know sometimes. Just like when I started Cup racing. I didnít know what I was doing and this is gonna kind of be the same thing. I donít know if any parent really knows exactly what theyíre doing the first time they had a kid, I donít think. Weíre gonna figure it out on our own. We are starting to schedule to go to classes and CPR classes and that type of stuff to make sure we donít kill the kid. We donít want to do that. We donít know what weíre doing (laughing). Itís confusing. How much do you feed him? Weíve got to learn all that stuff."

JOEY LOGANO CONTINUED -- HAVE YOU HAD TO GO ON ANY CRAVING ERRANDS? "Ice cream. Ice cream is the fix all. And itís a different flavor of ice cream a lot of times, so thatís the go-to for her, which is OK because I end up eating a lot of the ice cream, too. (laughing)"

COULD THERE BE A BETTER STRETCH OF RACE TRACKS FOR YOU COMING UP? "Probably not. Those are really good race tracks for us. Michigan, weíve proven that we can run well here. Bristol is probably one of our best race tracks as well, especially in the fall race. The track is definitely different from the spring to the fall because there are so many different cars running on it, so it changes it up. Richmond, weíve shown we can win there a couple times. I feel good about that. Darlington is probably the one that stands out to me that might be a little bit more challenging, but itís because we havenít won there is the only reason. Weíve had some top fives and run up front there, so I donít look at that race track and say we donít have a chance. I feel like weíll still be fine there, it just might be a little bit different. I think short tracks are a good place for myself and the 22 team in the past, so I look forward to those races coming up, but Iím mainly focused on this weekend obviously."

HOW IMPORTANT IS DOING THINGS LIKE MOVIES THAT REGULAR FANS CAN IDENTIFY WITH? "I think theyíre important for a lot of different reasons. Yes, for one like you said, kind of personality but youíre acting so itís a little bit not your personality because youíre acting as someone else most of the time. But I think on a bigger scale itís important for our sport to do things like that. Weíre reaching out to possibly non-fans of our sport and when they watch a movie like that and they see a lot of racing and NASCAR stuff, maybe they become a fan. Maybe it brings them to one race and a lot of times when someone goes to a race they get hooked, so maybe it helps kind of draw that stuff up. So anytime we can do things that are outside of the typically race market are things that I get really excited about because not only are you growing your own brand personally, youíre growing the brand of the sport and ultimately that helps everybody."

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