Joey Logano focused on fixing weak points, including short tracks

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It would be hard to disagree with calling Joey Logano one of the most improved drivers in the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Heading into 2014, his second year with Team Penske, Logano is already focused on fixing his weaker points.

“I feel like we’ve had the opportunity last year to win five to six races,” Logano said during his first media availability of the new year, Thursday at NASCAR Preseason Thunder at Daytona International Speedway.

“We only capitalized on one, so we can get better at that. I think that’s a big area for us. I think our pit stops, we’re making some changes on the pit crew to make that better. I felt like our cars last year had speed in them.

“I felt like the mile-and-a-half stuff was probably our best.  It’s where our strongest suit was. But we were working hard on where our weaker points were, which I felt like were short tracks, and able to work on that stuff.”

Logano said breaking down film of the year can help spur him forward in the pursuit of catching Jimmie Johnson. Logano said he feels confident the No. 22 team can beat him, but they haven’t done it with any degree of regularity as yet.

“You look at football players and teams like that, they’re always studying tapes and studying their competition on how they can get better,” Logano explained.  “So the same thing comes down in our sport.  We’re going to look at pictures of cars on the racetracks and study race footage, in-car cameras, whatever we can find, we’re going to study it and try to understand what they’re doing inside the car and outside the car to win six championships because I want to get six of them too.”

It’s hard to believe but Logano, only 23, is entering his sixth full season in Sprint Cup. He’s never won multiple races in a season and is coming off making his first Chase. More wins and sustained consistency is the next step in the development for the driver referred to earlier in his career as “Sliced Bread.”

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

NHRA Gainesville Steve Torrence
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.