`Triumphant in last year’s Daytona 500, Joey Logano partook in his signature celebration. He climbed on the door of his yellow and red No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford and ecstatically pumped his steering wheel in the air with his left hand as he was pelted with champagne and confetti following the biggest win of his career.
Logano would go on to repeat this ceremonial process five more times in 2015 when he won a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series-best six races.
Through seven contests this season, Logano has yet to capture a victory and the automatic Chase berth that comes with it.
He maintains his mindset on the track remains unchanged as he heads to Bristol Motor Speedway for Sunday’s Food City 500 (1 p.m. ET on FOX).
“It doesn’t change the way I race,” Logano said. “I’m going to race aggressively either way. And I said that last year. Yeah, we had the Daytona 500 win in our back pocket, but I didn’t race any less aggressive, or more aggressive. This year I wouldn’t say is any different. I found what works for me. It’s taken me from running 15th to winning races, so I’m going to keep doing that.”
Although he hasn’t taken a checkered flag yet in his eighth full-time NSCS season, the 25-year-old Connecticut native has produced three top-five and four top-10 finishes.
Logano welcomes Bristol where he’s won two of the last three races.
“Same thing. If it’s not broke don’t fix it,” said Logano when asked what he needs to do to win again at ‘The World’s Fastest Half Mile.’ “I think we have a good idea, probably there more than any race track we go to on what we need to do to race well, and what we need at the end of the race to race well. So I think we’ve learned that and done a really good job at taking our notes and understanding what those items are and making sure we have them in our race car.”
Despite his recent success at Bristol, Logano has had his struggles there, including a 40th-place showing last spring when he sustained major damage after colliding with teammate Brad Keselowski early in the race.
“Bristol is a beast of its own,” Logano said. “There’s huge banking, short straightaways, you’re in the corners very long. It’s just fast. Every other short track we go to isn’t as fast – Richmond, Martinsville – they’re not as fast as Bristol.
“It’s just that track that stands out and is special to you and it’s always been that way.”