Joey Logano, driver of the No. 20 Home Depot Toyota fielded by Joe Gibbs Racing, participated on the NASCAR Cam Video Teleconference today and answered several questions about returning to New Hamsphire Motor Speedway, where the 20-year-old from Middletown,Conn., recorded his first career Sprint Cup victory in last year's rain-shortened Lenox Industrial Tools 301.
Here's an excerpt of his interview in which he took questions about last year's win at NHMS, his third consecutive Nationwide Series victory at Kentucky Speedway, and the fallout from his pit-road confrontation with Kevin Harvick following the Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 June 6 at Pocono Raceway:
Question: Joey, I never forget them shoving that big lobster at you as you won the race at New Hampshire. I wonder, with that big smile on your face and with the lobster in your hand as you think back to that, how much do you think you've changed in both how you're driving and who you are today compared to like at that moment when you won last year?
JOEY LOGANO: I think as a driver I've changed a lot from that moment. I think as a person I don't think I've changed much at all. I'm still the same Joey that's been growing up my whole life. So nothing's changed there. But as a driver, I'm night and day different. And I feel like that's a good thing. We've got a long ways to go to get to where I need to be, but definitely making big strides every day when we get on the racetrack. So that's a good thing. Gotta keep working hard and try to get better.Q: A couple of weeks ago, when you won Kentucky again, you talked about that you were really feeling like you needed a win somewhere. Now, if you just narrow that down to the Cup side, does it eat on you at all that you haven't won since New Hampshire? And are you kind of anxious to win sort of a race for it win, rather than a rain win?
JOEY LOGANO: Yeah. Obviously, I want to race to win, for sure. On the Nationwide side, I felt like I was owed at least one win, just because of how good we've run this season. And just how long it's taken to win a race and been in position to win a race and haven't won. On the Sprint Cup side, we haven't been in position to win enough races to feel it owes me one. Definitely, we're out there trying to win every week. On the Nationwide front, it's a different story for us, because we're so close over and over again. And we need to be the same way over here on the Sprint Cup side, which is going to take a little bit of time.Q. Wanted to ask you a little bit any fallout from Pocono? Is that all behind you now, and have you had a chance to clear the air with Kevin? And do you intend to?
JOEY LOGANO: I put it all behind me. I have not talked to him. But that's all in the past and we're looking ahead and trying to get this Home Depot car into The Chase. We're close. We just need to have good, solid finishes and definitely going to be a lot better finishes than what we had last week in Sonoma, and definitely just have a good, consistent finish this week in New Hampshire, trying to get where we need to be. All that's in the past. I just look ahead.
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