Logano Ready for Rebound
By: Pete Pistone - @PPistone | MRN.com on June 13, 2014 | 9:00 A.M. EST
Logano looks to shake off last week's Pocono disappointment with a good run in Sunday's Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway. (Photo: Getty Images)
Joey Logano looks to shake off last week’s Pocono disappointment with a good run in Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway.
The Team Penske driver had a strong car last week in the Pocono 400 but not the finish to show for it after an engine expired late in the race. But he’s ready to put that behind him as the Sprint Cup Series heads to the Irish Hills for the first of two visits in 2014.
Like he did at Pocono, Logano goes into the weekend at MIS with the confidence of being a former winner at the track. He won last August’s Pure Michigan 400 after starting from the pole with a track qualifying record. The day was made even more special for Logano as it was his first victory as a member of Team Penske.
"It was huge," Logano recalls. "It was a big deal, for sure. I wanted to win so badly and I felt we were close a bunch of times before that. I wanted to prove to Roger, (crew chief) Todd (Gordon) and the guys on the team that they made the right decision in bringing me over here. It also proved to me that I could do it.
"And that's showed this year. We kept that confidence over the off-season and kept it going into this year. You can look back at that win and I feel a lot of this started in Michigan. Hopefully, years from now, we can say that was the first of many, many wins for Roger Penske."
Logano has carried over last year’s success to solid performances in 2014 and is one of four drivers with multiple victories this year - joining Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. on that list.
But Logano continues to work toward getting even better and is in the midst of a busy stretch of the summer schedule that includes testing as well as racing. That hectic calendar provides Logano with another challenge to stay focused on the matter at hand and not let it become a distraction.
"You try as hard as possible to give yourself as much down time as you can," he said. "They do a good job, as well, to try and make the travel as easy on you as possible. Thankfully, we have a couple wins under our belt. We aren’t sitting there looking for wins and feeling the pressure of that. We can focus on running the best we can and learning things for the Chase.
"A lot of the busy time during the next month is testing and you can always learn something from that."
Motor Racing Network – "The Voice of NASCAR" – will have live coverage of the Sprint Cup Series from Michigan International Speedway. Air time for Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400 is 12 p.m. (ET), with live streaming at MRN.com.