The start of the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season has brought a smorgasbord of new competition configurations matched widely different surfaces at dramatically different tracks.
Team Penske has gotten the early upper hand with the new rules, with Brad Keselowski winning at Atlanta, Joey Logano following with a victory at Las Vegas and Ryan Blaney snaring the pole position for Sunday’s TicketGuardian 500 at ISM Raceway (3:30 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
But Logano believes confidence in the new package is still a relatively distant goal.
“Probably not until we get to the track the second time,” said Logano, who was fastest in Saturday’s final practice with a lap at 137.794 mph. “I think we won’t take off as far off, like even when you go to maybe a Texas for the first time, it won’t be as far off as when we went to Atlanta the first time.”
“But when you go to Texas the second time, you’re going to pretty much have a really good idea of what you need, especially after you go through a race once and you realize, ‘OK, this is most important. I need this in my car.’”
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