Logano Knows One Speed – Fast

Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Harold Hinson Photography

By Jerry Jordan, Editor

TALLADEGA, Ala. – Joey Logano knew his best shot at advancing in NASCAR’s playoffs was to win at Talladega Superspeedway and that is exactly what he did as he won the Hellman’s 500 and moved on to the Round of 8.

Although Logano didn’t have to win in order to advance and several other drivers chose to drive around in the back rather than battle up front, he said he only knows one speed – fast. He also admits he only has one desire – win. His job isn’t to go out and be “good enough” it’s to go out, win races and bring home trophies.

“I don’t care what other people do,” Logano said. “In all honesty, I’ve got to worry about what I did. They had their strategies to get through and we knew that our strategy was to go out there, lead laps and win.

“That’s how we race. We’ve said that last year and the last couple of years when we have come in her with a win and we are going to race the same way because we know that works for us. Everybody has a strategy and I guess it worked out for them and ours worked out for us.”

After a 36th place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway left Logano well-behind in the points and jeopardized his chances at moving to the next round, he drove away from Kansas Speedway with a third place run. The combined finishes left him tied with Austin Dillon for the transfer spot to the semi-final round but he had the best finish of the round, so technically, he would win the tie-breaker. But all of that could have changed at Talladega and there’s little doubt the Richard Childress Racing camp was plotting a way to get Dillon to the front of the field.

“I don’t really think about how people are trying to knock me out, I think about how I am going to knock other people out,” Logano said. “That’s my attitude. If I am on defense we are not going to win. We better stay on offense, that is what the 22 team does.

“I think it definitely helps knowing you can win here. We’ve had a good solid super-speedway program at Penske for the past couple of years and when we come to Talladega we get excited about it. It’s not quite like that for everybody but for us we get excited about speedway racing and the opportunity it presents.”

Obviously, the opportunity presented itself in the form of a return trip to Victory Lane and a chance to continue battling for the 2016 Sprint Cup Series trophy. But the celebration didn’t last long because this week the series heads to Martinsville for the first race of the Round of 8 and Logano is starting over, dead-even with seven other drivers trying to do the same thing he wants to do.

“It’s nice to be able to move on to the next round,” Logano said. “That was a great feeling for, I don’t know, about 20-minutes and now we’re thinking about Martinsville already and how we are going to go out there and try to get ourselves to Homestead and win the Championship.”

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