Joey Logano isn’t expecting a warm reception when he arrives at Martinsville Speedway for this Sunday’s STP 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race (1 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), but the driver of the Team Penske No. 22 Ford Fusion isn’t losing any sleep over it.
“I think that’s one of those race tracks that will probably be fairly negative toward me,” Logano said during a break in Tuesday’s Goodyear tire test at Richmond International Raceway. “But you know, I guess over the years there are only certain people that know who I really am. I don’t really take that stuff too personal. I know there’s only one person who can judge me. So I don’t get worried about it. To be honest with you, it motivates me. I’m kind of OK with it.”
It will be the first Sprint Cup race at the 0.526-mile track since last fall’s Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup event, when Logano’s day soured after he was taken out, while leading the race, by Joe Gibbs Racing driver and 2003 series championMatt Kenseth.
Many fans on hand that day cheered as Kenseth drove his ailing Toyota into the left rear of Logano’s Ford, pushing it up into the outside wall in Turn 1.
Kenseth had been spun out of the lead in a race at Kansas two weeks earlier after contact from Logano as the two battled for the lead. He was parked by NASCAR and eventually suspended for two races as a result of his actions at Martinsville.
Logano was unable to rebound from the incident, and failed to advance to the championship round as a result.
Read the full interview at NASCAR.com.