On Wednesday’s edition of NASCAR America, which aired live from the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina, special show guest Joey Logano revealed his throwback scheme for the Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.
“This is Jimmy Vasser’s IndyCar that he ran in ’02, celebrating when Shell bought Pennzoil back then, so they’re honoring that relationship,” Logano said. “It’s a cool looking car. It’s kind of different. I like it. It looks neat.”
Logano also talked about trying to get back in the playoff picture with just four races left to qualify for the playoffs.
“We better win,” Logano said of Darlington. “When you think of the top tracks you want to win at, you think of Daytona, Indy and the next one is Darlington or the Coke-Cola 600 in my mind.
“The Southern 500 is a big deal to win. It’s a tough, grueling race, it feels like it’s the longest race of the year, 500 miles around that place.”
But even before Logano goes to Darlington, he still has chances to win and qualify for the playoffs this Sunday at Michigan and next Saturday at Bristol.
The solution to getting a win is simple: speed — and as much as he can get out of his Ford Fusion.
“A little bit of speed is what allows you to recover,” Logano said. “In some of these longer races, you have a hiccup of some sort, a bad restart, bad pit stop, a mistake, maybe it’s strategy.
“A fast car can overcome all of that a lot of times. Now, we have to be perfect in everything we do. I believe the speed will come back.”
NBCSN’s Dale Jarrett asked Logano what makes Toyota better of late and why both Ford and Chevrolet continue to chase Toyota for wins and success.
“They worked hard to develop the new body and they developed a lot of the tweaks they needed to to that body,” Logano said. “It seems like they’ve done a good job.
“It’s not something that happened just like that. Yeah, we’re playing a little bit of catch-up, for sure, but there’s no doubt we’re going to be able to do it.”