One week after running out of gas to lose at Pocono Raceway, Joey Logano won the Cheez-It 355 at the Glen on Sunday, passing Kevin Harvick on the final corner of the final lap.
How did Logano do it, you ask? Simple: great driving.
Well, that, and Harvick ran out of fuel.
Logano, who also won the Xfinity Series race Saturday, can certainly empathize with Harvick, but that didn’t make the victory any less enjoyable.
“It felt great,” Logano said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “(At Pocono), we were winning with two laps to go and ran out of gas, but this week, to be right on the other end of it – it felt great. What goes around comes around. We were able to get that victory. That felt really, really good.”
It was Logano’s first road-course win and Roger Penske’s first win at the Glen.
And now? Now the Chase awaits.
“My mindset right now is keep this momentum rolling,” Logano said. “Over the last month-and-a-half, we’ve been racing for a lot of wins and finally broke through this weekend and finally got that win, which feels great. But you got to keep that momentum and that confidence rolling with the race team. We got a few weeks to go before the Chase starts. We got to make sure we’re ready to go when we get to Chicago for the first Chase race. Right now things are going just as planned. So basically it’s don’t screw that up and make sure we bring a little bit more to the table when the Chase starts.”
Logano, of course, won the Daytona 500 in February, thus solidifying his status as one of the top drivers in racing. Gregg Giannotti and Brian Jones wondered how much Logano’s life has changed since then.
Interview requests. Travel. Women.
“I’m married,” the 25-year old Logano said, laughing.
Oh, okay. Well did your wife love you move after taking down Daytona?
“It didn’t change much, to be honest with you,” Logano said. “It got really busy for about two months and then it kind of went back to normal, which was good. It got to the point that you’re doing something every single day and you still try to prepare for races like you typically do. But at the same time, you’re on the road doing a lot of media stuff and doing stuff out in New York and then going out to L.A. and doing things out there. You try and prepare for races, and it was a lot. There’s no way you can do that for an extended period of time, but it was a lot of fun. Obviously there was a lot of really cool things that come along with wining the Daytona 500, but life’s back to normal now, which is great. And we got this really cool trophy to talk about.”