Huntersville resident wins Nationwide race

HUNTERSVILLE – It’s been a year since Joey Logano last won a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

Logano captured the Pocono 400 on June 10, 2012, at Pocono Raceway, but his overall winless drought is much shorter.

The Huntersville resident won the 5-Hour Energy 200 Nationwide Series race June 1 at Dover International Speedway.

Logano, who drives for Mooresville-based Penske Racing, grabbed his first victory of the 2013 NASCAR season after taking two tires on the final pit stop.

“That gave us track position and I made sure I held it off,” Logano said in a post-race press conference. “That was a lot of firsts for me today: winning for Hertz, with the No. 22 Nationwide team; winning for Ford; and most importantly, winning for (car owner) Roger (Penske) … There is a huge list of great race car drivers that have won for Roger Penske, and it is cool to have my name put on that list, too.”

Logano’s next Cup win will be his first with Penske, since he took both of his career Cup wins as a member of Joe Gibbs Racing in Huntersville.

“He knows how to get around (Dover),” said Jeremy Bullins, Logano’s Nationwide crew chief.

Logano also knows his way around Pocono. He won the pole and led the most laps in addition to winning the race last June. 

The Party in the Poconos 400 on June 9 could be the perfect setting for Logano’s third career win. He’s led 93 laps at the track, the second-most of any circuit – behind Bristol Motor Speedway – since his debut.

It’s also the track where Logano has two of his five career poles.

But if Logano’s next Cup win is anything like his last Nationwide win, he won’t have to worry about needing a dominant car.

“I thought we were a second place car (at Dover) but not quite good enough to win,” Logano said. “Jeremy and all the 22 team did a good job just changing about everything on it and got the car a little bit better.”