Las Vegas Preview
Posted on March 5th, 2013
The Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (1.5-mile oval, Las Vegas, Nev.)
No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion driven by Joey Logano
Sunday, March 10, 3:00 pm ET
The No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion
- 8 LAPS FROM BIG START: While the race finishes to Joey Logano’s season reflect 19th and 26th on paper, it is not indicative of the way he has performed in the first two races of his Penske Racing career. Logano is really just eight laps short of starting the year with two top-10 results. In Daytona, Logano was running sixth when he lost his drafting partners with just three laps to go, causing him to fall back to an eventual 19th place finish. In Phoenix, Logano was running 10th when he ran into fuel pickup problems with just five laps remaining, which forced him to pit under green and relegated him to a 26th-place result.
- MAGIC 150: When the green flag flies in Vegas, Logano will reach yet another milestone in his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career. On Sunday, he will make his 150th Sprint Cup Series start. His first start came in September of 2008 at New Hampshire.
- CUP O’ JOEY: ESPN debuted what will be a new segment on their NASCAR Now Sunday morning programs last weekend. “Cup O’ Joey” will follow Logano around on and off the track and give viewers an inside look at his personality as it relates to on-track competition and off-track fun. The segment will be a regular feature on the Sunday morning shows.
Race: Kobalt Tools 400
Track: Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Date: Sunday, March 10
Race Start Time:3:00 pm ET
Radio Broadcast: Live on Motor Racing Network (MRN); 3 pm et
3:00 pm ET, Practice (SPEED)
6:30 pm ET, Qualifying (SPEED)
12:00 pm ET, Practice (SPEED)
2:30 pm ET, Practice (SPEED)
HOW DO YOU OVERCOME YOUR TOUGH START?
“You just have to look at it like there is nothing you can do about what has already happened. The best thing you can do is learn from what happened and make sure it doesn’t happen again. We need to figure out what happened with the fuel pickup problems in Phoenix and make sure it doesn’t happen again. And I learned things about what to do and not to do at the end of the race at places like Daytona. We are only two races into the season though. There is plenty of time to keep moving forward.”
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR’S TEAMS PERFORMANCE SO FAR?
“We haven’t gotten the finishes we want, but that doesn’t really mean we haven’t been a factor. We were running in the top 10 both races with less than five to go. To be able to do that right out of the box is impressive. But we need to finish those types of runs. You can’t blame luck. You make your own luck. So we just need to finish things. The speed is there. The chemistry is there. Now, we just need to put it together. This team can and will win races this year.”
The No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion Team
Lake Helen, FL
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El Paso, TX
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