2018 NASCAR Cup champion Joey Logano is happy for the sequence’ first filth race since 1970 at Bristol, however is making an attempt to maintain his season preparation balanced.
Among the many many adjustments to the Cup schedule for 2021 are the addition of a number of extra highway course occasions, together with the primary filth observe race in additional than 50 years because the Bristol Motor Speedway is transformed into a dust course.
The NASCAR Cup discipline final raced on filth within the 1970 North Carolina State Fairgrounds circuit, and was gained by Richard Petty, however since then solely the third-tier Truck Sequence has performed so on its annual go to to Eldora.
Logano, 30, is amongst a number of sequence drivers utilizing the downtime previous to the beginning of the 2021 season to spend time on simulators since there isn’t a low season testing in NASCAR – and expressed his pleasure on the prospect of with the ability to drive quite a few totally different sorts of circuits.
“I used to be sitting right here on the Ford R&D Heart – I used to be simply on the simulator and dealing on some issues and I used to be driving and pondering, ‘how cool is that this that I get to drive so many alternative issues,'” Logano stated.
“I at all times thought that Cup was one of many solely sequence that goes to so many alternative tracks, the quick tracks, the superspeedways, the mile-and-a-halves, the highway programs.
“However now there are simply increasingly tracks, extra highway programs, tracks I’ve by no means been to, filth racing.”
Whereas the Crew Penske driver has no private expertise at filth racing, Logano nonetheless believes the addition of the race is an efficient take a look at of the talent of drivers which can be imagined to be the perfect in motorsports – however underlined the necessity to put together correctly for the total calendar.
“You need to be a well-rounded race automotive driver, someone that may soar into something and go quick. That is one thing I’d take a number of satisfaction in,” he stated.
“I haven’t got the chance usually to drive something exterior of a NASCAR Cup automotive, so this can be a enjoyable alternative as a race automotive driver, and I believe whilst a workforce everybody working collectively to attempt to perceive these new race tracks coming forward of us.”
“Everyone seems to be speaking in regards to the filth race. Each time I get in my truck and activate the radio all I hear is folks speaking about this filth race.
“I am like, ‘ there are different races which can be going to occur this 12 months? It is not simply this filth race.’
“So, making an attempt to stability that and never put an excessive amount of effort into one race and forgetting about all the opposite ones that additionally pay out.”
Logano stated between now and the filth race at Bristol on the finish of March he plans to get out on a dust observe no less than to attempt to perceive how the observe surfaces adjustments throughout a race.
“Clearly, the automotive goes to drive totally different and it being very slick and all that, however understanding how the filth strikes, whether or not there is a cushion or when it dries out or when it rubbers up, there’s all this lingo that I do not actually know a complete bunch about and it’s a must to see it and you’ve got expertise it to know that,” he stated.
“I’ve obtained some plans to attempt to get out on a observe a little bit bit and mess around in various kinds of automobiles simply to know filth racing a little bit bit. We’ll see what occurs. There are such a lot of unknowns with Bristol.
“You throw filth on that place we do not know what is going on to occur and no one does, but when I may be as considerably educated on what the observe appears to be like like and the place the grip is, possibly I may be shut within the ballpark someplace.”
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