NASCAR: Joey Logano talks about Penske camaraderie – and his lost wedding ring

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Joey Logano has completed one full month of his married life. However, he already is on his second ring.

The Team Penske driver, part of the final four in last year’s Sprint Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, was asked about being a newlywed Wednesday at the NASCAR Media Tour in Charlotte, N.C.

“It’s going great,” Logano said. “I’m on my second ring already. But I’ve got the same girl, so that part’s great.”

That drew a good amount of laughter from the assembled news media, which had guffawed earlier this morning at Ricky Stenhouse Jr. borrowing Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch’s “I’m just here, so I won’t get fined” bit from Super Bowl XLIX Media Day.

So what happened to the first ring?

“I lost the first one,” Logano told reporters, including NBC Sports’ Dustin Long. “We were kayaking in Costa Rica. We went down this little waterfall thing and flipped. I was just excited I didn’t have to go to the hospital in Costa Rica, and I thought that was great.

“About 30 minutes later, the adrenaline wore off. I looked and it was, ‘Huh, my ring is gone.’ Now it’s floating around down there somewhere.”

Logano added that he’s made his backup ring last longer than his first one. Still, he hopes to avoid such mishaps behind the wheel of his No. 22 Team Penske Ford this year.

Though a costly late pit stop at Homestead denied him the chance at a championship, it didn’t erase that Logano was a breakout performer in 2014 with five victories.

Logano attributed it to his relationship with crew chief Todd Gordon and team, as well as getting acclimated to Team Penske’s culture.

“It took the first year [2013] to kind of understand that, and [in 2014], we’re able to go in there knowing what we were going to be up against,” Logano said. “We came awfully close to winning the championship. It’s something to be proud of, for sure. It’s an amazing opportunity to be there at Homestead and having a shot at a championship, and I think we can take a lot out of that experience.

“Hopefully, we can be in the same boat again this year, but a lot more prepared in knowing what we’re getting ourselves into if we get there.”

Logano and teammate Brad Keselowski combined for an impressive 11 race wins in 2014, adding to a great year for Team Penske that included a Verizon IndyCar Series title (Will Power) and XFINITY Series owner’s title for its No. 22 program there. You can’t be that successful without everybody being on the same page and having a high esprit de corps. Logano said the camaraderie throughout the shop is a critical element.

“I think it’s key that (we’re) all at the same level,” Logano said. “[And] it goes across all of Team Penske. We all work really well together. That is very important. That trickles all the way down from [team owner] Roger [Penske] to everyone working at the shop building our race cars.”

Adam Cianciarulo sweeps to second straight Pro Motocross 450 win

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Adam Cianciarulo (450) and Dylan Ferrandis (250) swept both motos of their divisions Saturday in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship event at Spring Creek MX Park in Millville, Minnesota, significantly impacting the points standings.

After scoring his first career victory Sept. 8 at RedBud, Cianciarulo made it two consecutive victories on his Monster Energy Kawasaki. He won the first moto by 1.7 seconds over Blake Baggett and the second moto by 2.7 seconds over Baggett.

“Man, what a dream come true,” Cianciarulo said. “I really wanted to go 1-1 last round at RedBud and had that silly mistake. Today, we got the job done and made it happen. Two consecutive victories in the 450 Class just feels really good. I just want to keep the ball rolling.”

With three rounds remaining, Cianciarulo is ranked second in the standings at a 15-point deficit to Zach Osborne, who won three of the first five rounds.

In the 250 standings, Dylan Ferrandis jumped ahead of Jeremy Martin (who won three consecutive events earlier in the season) by three points (257-254).

Dylan Ferrandis swept both motos for his second win of the season in the 250 class (Align Media).

Ferrandis beat third-ranked RJ Hampshire in the first moto and nipping Martin by 0.4 seconds in the second.

“That was a difficult race in the second moto and the pressure was on,” Ferrandis said. “It was really good for me to have that battle and come out on top in the second moto. The championship is really close and I think that we were able to put on a good show for everyone today. Jeremy [Martin] and I have a good relationship I think and we congratulated each other and talked about the battle after the race.”

NEXT: The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will hold its seventh round Sept. 26 with the Geico Motorcycle WW Ranch National at Jacksonville, Florida.


RESULTS

Thor Spring Creek National (Spring Creek MX Park, Millville, Minnesota)

450 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)

  1. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki (1-1)
  2. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM (2-2)
  3. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha (5-4)
  4. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda (8-3)
  5. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (6-5)
  6. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (3-10)
  7. Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda (7-6)
  8. Joey Savatgy, , Suzuki (9-7)
  9. Max Anstie, United Kingdom, Suzuki (10-8)
  10. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (4-16)

450 Class Championship Standings

  1. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna – 235
  2. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki – 220
  3. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM – 215
  4. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 196
  5. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha – 194
  6. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM – 190
  7. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda – 173
  8. Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda – 141
  9. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha – 134
  10. Joey Savatgy, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki – 122

250 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)

  1. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha (1-1)
  2. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda (5-2)
  3. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki (4-4)
  4. Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda (3-6)
  5. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha (9-3)
  6. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Husqvarna (2-11)
  7. Hunter Lawrence, Australia, Honda (7-5)
  8. Jo Shimoda, Japan, Honda (12-8)
  9. Mitchell Harrison, Brighton, Mich., Kawasaki (11-9)
  10. Derek Drake, San Luis Obispo, Calif., KTM (8-12)

250 Class Championship Standings

  1. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha – 257
  2. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda – 254
  3. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Husqvarna – 202
  4. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki – 194
  5. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., Yamaha – 186
  6. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha – 164
  7. Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda – 162
  8. Cameron McAdoo, Sioux City, Iowa, Kawasaki – 140
  9. Mitchell Harrison, Brighton, Mich., Kawasaki – 123
  10. Brandon Hartranft, Brick, N.J., KTM – 114
Adam Cianciarulo won the holeshot in both motos at Spring Creek (Align Media).