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Logano turns the page to tomorrow’s Chase opener at Chicagoland

Sep 14, 2013, 9:34 PM EDT

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Despite finishing second to Kyle Busch in today’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Chicagoland Speedway, it sounds as if Joey Logano nonetheless had a productive day in regards to picking up ideas for tomorrow’s Chase for the Sprint Cup curtain-raiser.

Logano, one of the 13 drivers in this year’s Chase, will start from the pole position for the GEICO 400, a race that he and his Penske Racing crew have pin-pointed for some time.

“[The Cup car] was really good [in practice] and I think we have a shot at winning the race tomorrow,” Logano said today at Chicagoland. “I learned some things today that can help. I was talking to [Cup crew chief] Todd [Gordon] out there with Jeremy Bullins together. We were all debriefing today to figure out what will help for tomorrow.

“We are working as one team here to figure out what we have to do to win this championship. This is one of those tracks we circled as one we can really capitalize on and so far, we are doing that. We just have to try to win this thing tomorrow.”

As he embarks on his first Chase, Logano is trying to block out the controversy of the last week – some of which involved him and Penske Racing, whom along with Front Row Motorsports, were put on probation until the end of the year.

Today, NASCAR held a closed-door meeting for its personnel in the Chicagoland garages to define what’s expected of drivers and teams going forward. Logano felt that the meeting was a necessary one and allows everyone to “turn the page now.”

“It is clarifying what we can and cannot do,” Logano said of the meeting. “We are all competitors trying to find an advantage where we can. Anytime you can clarify rules, it helps our sport I feel like throughout each time and throughout all of NASCAR.

“…I am glad we can put it all behind us now and look ahead into the Chase. It is going to be an awesome championship, because we have 13 cars that can win this thing. I don’t know who the favorite is going into this. There are a lot of guys that can win it. Hopefully, we are one of the favorites – I think we are.”

  1. rodneyjewell18 - Sep 15, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    It has been my experience that when somebody does something wrong they quickly want to:
    “Turn the page”
    “put it all behind us now”
    “look ahead to the future”

    Logano will never admit it but the only reason he was able to qualify for the Chase was due to the antics of the MWR drivers, Bowyer & Vickers. Prior to Bowyers cheating spin out Logano was not in the Chase. Once Bowyer brought out the yellow and Vickers unnecessary pitting then Penske cut a deal with Front Row….next thing you know Logano is in the Chase. I hope Logano and the 22 team are proud of that effort last week. What were they? 2 laps down and marred in 25th place and about to cry all the way home because they blew their Chase dream. Logano should go shake the hands of Bowyer, Vickers and Mikey Waltrip for helping him make the Chase.

    • queenofsummit - Sep 15, 2013 at 12:54 AM

      Why don’t all you Princess Jeff fans give it a rest! I think that your tactics in order to get him his special spot were disgusting . I am not a Joey fan nor a Penske fan for that matter but enough alredy you got your way so let it go . BTW the city of Charlotte is looking for all of you because they had to make extra garbage pick-ups from all your tear soaked tissues.

  2. robb2000af - Sep 15, 2013 at 5:06 AM

    Just because you can receive your welfare without having integrity, please do not badmouth those of us who have integrity and believe that MWR has no integrity and changed the course of the race/Chase. In case you do not have a dictionary handy; Integrity: doing the right thing when no one is looking.

  3. worknman24hours - Sep 15, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    Logano needs to turn the page on the teammate who left three quarts of oil out of his motor for the Geico 400.

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