Allen Lessels on Motor Sports: Logano looking for consistency
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Joey Logano waves during driver introductions before the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway last month. (Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports)
Truth be told, he's been concerned for a while now.
"You've got to worry about it from the first race of the season, I think," said Logano while taking a quick break from a multi-team testing session at New Hampshire Motor Speedway late last month. "No matter what, you've got to get the best finish possible. If your day's going bad and you look like you're only going to get a 20th, make sure you get a 20th. Don't make it a 35th day. That's 15 points right there."
NHMS last week announced it had landed title sponsors for a couple of this week's races, including Sunday's feature event.
Camping World has sponsored NASCAR's truck series since 2009 and has previously sponsored individual races at the track.
He finished fourth and moved up four spots to 10th.
But the standings are plenty volatile at this point.
But he led No. 11 Kasey Kahne by just one point and Jeff Gordon by two and defending Cup champion Brad Keselowski was 14 back and Kurt Busch 16 behind Logano.
The Kentucky race marked six straight races he has finished 11th or better.
"We need one more step to kind of get to a winning car," Logano said. "We're close. That's why we're testing here. We're trying to find that next step. Recently, we've been consistent. I think that's what we were lacking at the beginning of the season."
"We just can't afford to have another bad race, as close as things are from about eighth to 20th," Logano said.
"You look at points every week," he said. "?'Where are we? Where are we?' We're getting close. We don't have that win yet and that's something we may need."
Logano was at NHMS for a tire test earlier in the season, which doesn't count against a team's limited number of tests, and wasn't happy with how things went.
Whether he found it or not is soon to be determined.
Tickets are required for the GRC event.
Free FanFest activities include a Sprint Cup hauler parade at 4, a concert and NASCAR autograph session.
Qualifying for the Camping World RV Sales 301 and Town Fair Tire Whelen Modified race will be held on Friday.
The Camping World RV Sales 301 goes at 1 p.m. on Sunday, following the first Toyota Wheel and Deal Pre-race Show at 10:30 a.m.