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Joey Logano weighs in on the schedule and street racing

Photo By: SaJorden Miller / Kickin' The Tires

By Sarah Handy, Staff Writer

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla – There’s been no denying that NASCAR is looking to go back to their roots with fans voicing their opinion on wanting more short tracks and road courses on the schedule and less intermediate tracks.

If we see any real changes it more then likely will be gradual changes starting with the 2021 season.

Team Penske driver Joey Logano was asked on Daytona 500 media day what he’d like to see added to the schedule for 2021 and beyond.

The Connecticut native stated the biggest thing to him is making it an event like the All-Star race that’s held in NASCAR’s backyard every May at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

“The biggest thing to me is making it an event.  Like the Daytona 500 is an amazing event.  We need to make things like this very special, not just the Daytona 500 but we have a few of them a year,” Logan said.

“You think of the Southern 500, throwback weekend, that’s a big event.  That’s a cool thing.  All-Star Race feels like an event.  It’s something different, something special.  I think that’s what we have to look at and Pocono did a good job with this year. Pocono used to just be a race in Pocono.  It wasn’t a big deal.  Now it’s an event.  There are two races in one weekend and that’s a cool way of turning it into a big event.”

Additionally, there’s been talk of NASCAR possibly wanting to add a street course to the schedule and Logano is open to the idea.

“It sounds cool to me, changing it up and doing things like that is important. It’s no secret that a lot of times where our races are sometimes in the middle of nowhere every now and again,” said Logano.

“A lot of the younger demographic, the football type fans that don’t know much about our sport, are in the city.  Let’s go to them.  If you raced in the city, they can’t get away from you. You’re going to have to watch and it will be something really neat and there would be some really cool pictures and obviously just racing like that down Main Street somewhere.  How cool would that be?”

It’s been speculated NASCAR could cut down the schedule in the future and that remains one thing the 2018 Champion doesn’t want to see is less races on the NCS schedule.

“I don’t really want to race less.  I like this.  Obviously, I’m excited about being here today (At Daytona 500 media day).  I love what I do, so I don’t want to do it less, but I could understand shortening the schedule up, not the amount of races, but the period that we’re on and off,” said Logano.

“I can see that being a good thing possibly, but this is stuff that’s kind of over my head a little bit.  This is for NASCAR to figure out.  There’s a lot of other players in the game than what the teams want or what the drivers want or what NASCAR wants, it’s got to be what TV wants as well.”

Logano heads into Sunday’s season opener Daytona 500 looking for his second win in ‘The Great American Race’, having won it in 2015.

Overall, he’s done well in his Cup career at Daytona with one win, six top-five and nine top-10 finishes in 22 starts.

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