Kenseth, Logano weigh in on looking at past stats
By Dominic Aragon
July 31, 2016
LONG POND, Pa.—Two previous Pocono Raceway winners competing in Sunday’s Pennsylvania 400 shared how much they look into past statistics entering a race weekend.
Both Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, and Joey Logano, driver of the No. 22 Team Penske Ford, talked with The Racing Experts about looking into their historical data.
Kenseth, the August 2015 Pocono winner, has an average finish of 15th at the track in 33 starts. He has finished inside the top-ten in each of the last three races at the track.
“I don’t typically really look at those kind of numbers,” Kenseth said. “We’re always looking through other numbers, stats and how the race plays out typically and averages for cautions and fuel mileage and those kinds of numbers.
“But as far as what you did before like qualifying and finishing position, I don’t think we really sit and break that down because it doesn’t really mean anything for what’s going to happen necessarily this weekend.”
Kenseth will start ninth in Sunday’s Pennsylvania 400.
Logano, the 2012 June winner at Pocono, has finished inside the top-five in three of the last four races at the track. He talked about how much he looks into statistics.
“None,” Logano said. “This is the first I’ve heard that ... We don’t really look at the stats. Something Roger Penske says all the time is, ‘Don’t trip over your press clippings.’ That would be the perfect example of that.
“I think you can kind of get lost in the stats sometimes and think you’re better than what you are at a particular race track or whatever it may be. It’s important for us to be able to remember how we ran last time, yes, and learn from our mistakes and where we can be better, but that’s in the past.
“That’s history. It’s gone and we need to focus on how we can make more top-5s and more wins, and I feel like we have a car that can do that this week.”
Logano will start alongside Kenseth in row five in tenth position for Sunday’s race.