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.”

Ken Roczen signs with HEP Progressive Ecstar Suzuki for 2023

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ANAHEIM, California – Ken Roczen will make the move from HRC Honda to H.E.P. Motorsports with the Progressive Ecstar Suzuki team, ending a long and eventful offseason that saw his split from his longstanding team after he committed to running World Supercross (WSX).

“H.E.P. Motorsports is thrilled to announce that the team has signed Ken Roczen as its premier rider for the 2023 season,” the team announced on Instagram. “Former AMA Motocross champion Roczen will be aboard a Suzuki RM-Z450. Roczen, who won his most recent championship on a Suzuki, will be reunited with the brand and bring his exciting style, determination, and grit back to the RM Army.

“Ken Roczen will compete in the upcoming 2023 Supercross and Motocross Championship series which is set to start on January 7 at Anaheim Stadium in Southern California.”

For Roczen, it is a return to the bike of his youth and on which he had some of his greatest professional success.

“This thing has been going on for weeks and weeks and weeks in the making, but there was so much uncertainty,” Roczen told NBC Sports during Monster Energy Supercross Media Sessions. “It was a very unique situation. I just finally signed two nights ago, so it’s really only legit once the ink hits the paper. It’s been in the works for a long time, but there were just a lot of questions and a lot of input from a lot of other teams too.

“Good things take time, and I’m okay with that. I grew up riding Suzuki. Ot’s like a homecoming. It’s a special feeling”

Roczen won the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship on a Suzuki before making the move to Honda. That year he won nine of 12 Nationals and finished no worse than second as he easily outpaced Eli Tomac by 86 points. He finished third in his next Pro Motocross outing in 2018 after sitting out the outdoor season in 2017.

“I am beyond excited to reconnect with Suzuki for the 3rd time in my career. We’ve had a lot of success in the past and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish together in our future.” Roczen said in the Instagram post.