With dates in the Nationwide Series at Iowa Speedway and the Sprint Cup Series at Pocono Raceway this weekend, Joey Logano could likely be one exhausted driver by the time it’s all over.
As detailed by USA Today’s Nate Ryan, Logano has a packed docket. With Cup practice and qualifying rained out at Pocono today, Logano shuttled off to the 7/8-mile Iowa bullring for two practice sessions this afternoon for the stand-alone DuPont Pioneer 250 (Sat., 8 pm ET). Weather permitting, Saturday will see him do two Cup practice sessions in the morning at Pocono and then head back to Iowa for qualifying (5:05 pm ET) and the “250.” After that’s done, he’ll then fly back to Pennsylvania for Sunday’s Cup race, the Party in the Poconos 400.
If you’re thinking that this is not an ideal situation, “Sliced Bread” has already beaten you to it.
“Does going to Iowa make perfect sense to run? No, it doesn’t,” Logano told Ryan. “I’m not going to lie about that, but it was either [teammate] Brad [Keselowski] or me to drive this thing. We’re going run into the same situation in the second Iowa race [in August], so I told them I would do the first one and then we’ll go from there.”
Logano does indeed have momentum on the NNS side after winning last weekend at Dover International Speedway, but it’d be really impressive if he can do it again in Iowa with the hectic schedule he’s got right now. The Penske Racing driver is the sole Cup pilot that will face the NNS regulars in the cornfields.
Still, one of those NNS regulars, Justin Allgaier, isn’t counting on an easier day at the office just because most of those pesky Cup drivers are busy at “The Tricky Triangle.”
“I think we’ve seen it in all the stand-alone [races] – it’s like the less Cup guys you have, the more challenging the [Nationwide] races are,” Allgaier told the Associated Press in Iowa. “Because the Nationwide regulars, everybody steps up their game and pushes that much harder.”