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Logano Can Make Personal, Professional History

| Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Sunday, November 1 2015
Joey Logano is in the driver's seat as the third round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship begins in Martinsville. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Rusty Jarrett)

Joey Logano is in the driver’s seat as the third round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship begins in Martinsville. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Rusty Jarrett)

By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Joey Logano has yet to win a race at the tough Martinsville Speedway, but with the momentum the Team Penske driver possesses, Sunday’s Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 could be the one he checks off his list.

chase 15 logoA victory Sunday would make Logano the first driver to win four straight races since six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson accomplished the feat in 2007. For the season, the 25-year-old Logano has secured six victories, a season-high for the series, and four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon points to the Connecticut native as the one to beat.

“They’re doing everything right,” Gordon said about Logano and his No. 22 Ford team.

Logano took over as the favorite to win the title by sweeping the races in The Chase’s second round. He kicked off his domination with a victory at Charlotte, followed by one at Kansas and then wrapped up the Contender Round with a win at Talladega.

“We’ve been on an amazing roll here lately, which has been pretty spectacular,” said Logano, who swept Martinsville’s No. 1 starting positions this year by earning the pole for Sunday’s race with a 98.548-mph lap.

And, according to Logano, the Todd Gordon-led team hasn’t done anything different; they simply have made their cars faster.

“We went through a lull like after the fifth or sixth race,” explains Logano, who believes in hard work, not luck. “We’d finish sixth, seventh, eighth or squeak top-fives and stuff like that, but we weren’t quite the car to beat. Then we started picking it up a little bit and we were racing in the top-five every week and looking at wins. Now we’re racing for the lead every race and that’s what we’ve got to continue.

“It’s not an execution thing. It’s not a big difference that we really changed everything we were doing to get better finishes on the race track, we just have faster cars right now than we had earlier in the season. We’re peaking at the right time.”

Logano believes the speed of his cars is complementing his team’s other assets.

“Our pit stops have been great the last three-quarters of the year, and they’ve been silently great, which is good,” Logano continued. “They’re not showing off. They’re just doing their job and that’s what this team is about. No one needs to be a superstar. I feel like my pit crew is a great group of racers, great athletes that understand how to execute under pressure.

“It’s amazing what you can do when you have a team that knows what they have to do and knows what the effort they need to put into it in the right ways. It’s amazing when things come together what you can do.”

| Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Sunday, November 1 2015
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