Logano’s twin tales at Dover

DOVER, DE - MAY 30: Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, stands on pit road during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway on May 30, 2014 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
DOVER, DE - MAY 30:  Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, stands on pit road during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway on May 30, 2014 in Dover, Delaware.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
DOVER, DE – MAY 30: Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, stands on pit road during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway on May 30, 2014 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

DOVER, Del. – Joey Logano has Dover figured out – at least in a NASCAR Nationwide Series car.

Logano has won four consecutive Nationwide races at the Monster Mile and done so in dominating fashion.  He won last September’s race by more than 14.5 seconds.  But his Dover career in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has been a different story.

While he’s led 510 laps in his last four Nationwide races at DIS, he’s led only one lap in 10 Sprint Cup starts. His best Cup finishes at Dover are a pair of thirds, one of them last September.

“It is one of my favorite race tracks because of our (Nationwide) success here,” says Logano, whose four wins at Dover are the most by a driver in the series. “To be in that group of guys that have won five races in a row at a track – with Dale Earnhardt, Kyle Busch and Jack Ingram – it would be an honor.”

One of only two drivers with two Sprint Cup victories this season (Harvick the other), Logano’s Penske Racing team can afford to experiment a bit at Dover this week.  Figuring out the best way to get their Ford Fusion around the track is important, because Dover hosts the third race of the Chase on Sept. 28.

“Dover is a unique race track, and what you find here that works might not work anywhere else,” Logano says. “But if you find a setup here (that works), it usually lasts a while. You can fine-tune that or at least (use) that as a direction when you come back.”

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