Joey Logano well aware of Ford’s drought at Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Though most drivers aren’t consumed with historical statistics, there’s one particular number Joey Logano can’t forget – because the folks at Ford Performance won’t let him.

No Ford driver has won at Martinsville since Kurt Busch took the checkered flag in 2002 in a car fielded by Roush Fenway Racing.

“We are aware of that stat,” said Logano, who was leading the playoff race in 2015 before Matt Kenseth took revenge on the Team Penske driver in Turn 1. “That’s how important it is. We’re aware of that.

“This is definitely one of those race tracks where Ford hasn’t won in a long time, and hopefully it’s right around the corner.”

Strength in numbers may help. Stewart-Haas Racing has joined the Ford camp, bringing former Monster Energy Cup Series champions and former Martinsville winners Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick into the fold.

Though Logano hasn’t tasted victory at the short track, he won three consecutive poles at Martinsville from 2015-2016 and started on the outside of the front row in last year’s playoff race.

“Sometimes I feel like we’re really close, and the next race it’s completely different,” Logano said. “It’s a matter of keeping up with the changes. We have a new (right-side) tire this weekend. How that is going to react?

“We’re going to have to pay attention to that. I think track temperature has a big effect on how the race is played out and what you need in your race car to be fast. We’ll keep an eye on all that stuff.”

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