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Logano gives Night Race rave review; Street Outlaws at Dragway set for Tuesday

Jeff Birchfield • Updated Aug 20, 2018 at 8:14 PM

BRISTOL — Two days after finishing fourth in the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race, Joey Logano was back in Bristol, hanging out with the stars of the Discovery Channel’s “Street Outlaws” during Monday’s test and tune session.

The Street Outlaws are in action at Bristol Dragway Tuesday with gates to open at 11 a.m. and the first on-track action scheduled around 1:30 p.m.

While Logano enjoyed being around the characters like Big Chief and Farmtruck, he also reflected on Saturday’s NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series race. It got rave reviews and a fan poll on veteran motorsports writer Jeff Gluck’s website, ranked the race No. 1 among all NASCAR Cup Series races of the last five years.

The Food City 500 in April ranked No. 10 on the list.

“Anytime you go to this race track, it’s my favorite track,” said Logano, driver of the No. 22 Ford. “The amount of rubber laid down by the Truck race, the Xfinity race made the Cup race really good. A lot of cars were moving around. Some were good on the bottom. Some were good on the top. Certain times, you wanted to be on the bottom and other times you wanted to be sliding around the top.

“It was interesting where the same car wasn’t dominating all the time. Our car was good on the short track, a winning car on the short run. But 30 laps after a caution, it was a 20th-place car where the front tires weren’t working.”

Kurt Busch won the race, ending the recent domination of his younger brother, Kyle, along with Kevin Harvick and defending series champion Martin Truex Jr., known as the ‘Big 3’ for their 2018 success. Logano believes his team is closer to the lead trio, although he still expects them to be tough to beat on the intermediate tracks.

“I didn’t see the ‘Big 3’ win this week,” Logano said. “There’s not a lot of race tracks like Bristol unfortunately because it’s so cool. We’re starting to to close the gap a little. When we go back to the mile-and-a-half race tracks, you will still see them fast.”

The Penske organization has dominated similarly at the restrictor-plate tracks, which Logano credited to fast cars and the teamwork of Team Penske and Ford as a whole.

BIG CROWD FOR STREET OUTLAWS

Another big crowd is expected for the “Street Outlaws” with last year’s popularity catching track and local officials off guard and the crowd backed up for miles on Highway 394 trying to get into the event.

One BMS official said the unofficial estimate was 37,000 fans for last year’s event. Admission is free to the event, but on-property parking is required.

VIP parking is sold out, but BMS officials said some $35 preferred parking and $20 general admission parking was still available as are suite options.

The drivers will race for a record $200,000, although the results from the event won’t be available to the public until the show airs at a later date.

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