Logano on top at Charlotte
May 22, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com
CONCORD, N.C. -- Joey Logano led the way on test day for the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway, clocking a lap of 178.247 mph Wednesday in his second circuit around the 1.5-mile track.
Logano, driving a Penske Racing Ford, was just ahead of a trio of Toyotas on the speed chart in the four-hour session. Standout rookie Alex Bowman (178.071 mph) was second-fastest in a Robby Benton-owned Camry, just ahead of Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Kyle Busch (177.866) and Matt Kenseth (177.702).
"Yeah we were really happy with the Discount Tire car today. With four hours of practice and the ability to get data on these cars, you can try a lot of things and learn a lot about different ideas that you may have.
"We got the baseline setup pretty good and I feel that we were fast and have a really good car. Then we spent some time just trying different ideas to see what worked and what didn't. That's the good thing about these test days. You have plenty of time to try some things out that you might not have time for during regular practice. Now we will talk with our teammate and see what they thought and put our heads together to make these Penske cars the best out here. This 22 car is the defending winner, so I really want to repeat that."
Trevor Bayne was fifth-best in the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford.
Series points leader Regan Smith, the Nationwide series points leader, was 14th-fastest at 176.765 mph in a JR Motorsports Chevrolet. Sam Hornish Jr., his closest pursuer in the standings, was 18th out of 43 cars participating in the extra test session.
The History 300, the 10th race of the season for the Nationwide tour, is scheduled Saturday at 2:45 p.m. ET (ABC).
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