Coca-Cola 600 Special to Logano

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Joey Logano considers the Coca-Cola 600 one of NASCAR’s crown jewels.

While there has been discussion in recent days whether a 600-mile race resonates or belongs in today’s NASCAR world, Logano believes the sport’s longest race needs to remain a staple on the schedule.

“This is a special race,” Logano said Thursday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. “The Coca-Cola 600 has been around for a very long time. Yeah, you keep it. That’s what makes it so special. It makes it unique. It makes it different.

“Does every other race have to be 500 miles? Probably not. Maybe certain ones, the iconic ones need to be. This is an iconic race. It’s 600 miles. That’s what makes it special. That’s what makes it a crown jewel event. Yeah, you keep the 600 miles. That’s a no-brainer.”

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Logano has won many iconic races during his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career, which has also included a series championship. But the Team Penske drivers doesn’t have a Coca-Cola 600 trophy and Logano hopes to rectify that in Sunday’s race.

“This is probably, when it comes to races that I haven’t won yet, the Coca-Cola 600 is probably the one that’s at the top of the list for me, personally as a race car driver for a few reasons.” Logano explained. “Anytime you win at Charlotte is special because you get to celebrate with everybody here because our race teams are in Mooresville and most of them are around this area to where your family is here and maybe some of your crew guys their families are there, so we all get to celebrate. Victory lane becomes really fun, but it’s the Coca-Cola 600 which makes it one of the crown jewel events.”

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Logano’s experience as a Hall of Fame voter this week helped punctuate his thoughts on the 600.

“I noticed when I was sitting in that Hall of Fame voting area and one of the big stats that everyone always had up on their resume was Coke 600 winner,” he said.

“That was something that was on there. There wasn’t anything about the fall race as much as the Coca-Cola 600. That was a big deal. Daytona 500, Coke 600, maybe the Southern 500 – those were the key races on their resume that helped them get into the Hall of Fame. That’s what makes this race special.”