Joey Logano lines up with Sporting KC, promotes Hollywood Casino 400

08/05/2014 4:23 PM

08/06/2014 1:23 AM

Donning a personalized No. 22 Sporting Kansas City jersey and a Team Penske hat, NASCAR’s Joey Logano took to the field Tuesday for a little instruction from the reigning Major League Soccer champions after their training session.

Although the Ford driver whiffed in his first few attempts, Logano was able to knock in a goal, which he said was his first since grade school gym class. He also received a little instruction on the side from Soony Saad, who tried to teach him ball tricks.

“The most amazing part to me is how in shape you have to be to play this sport, running back and forth down the field for so long,” Logano said. “It was interesting to me to see how they train for that.”

Logano stopped by Swope Soccer Village as part of a promotional tour for the Sprint Cup Hollywood Casino 400 on Oct. 5 at Kansas Speedway. Logano, who placed fourth in May at the 5-Hour Energy 400 night race at the speedway, said he enjoyed the track, especially now that it has aged a bit.

“Kansas is a cool race track and every time we go there the asphalt is starting to get worn, which is a good thing,” Logano said. “It was only one lane when they first repaved it, and now it is two or three lanes which keeps producing better races. It is fun for us drivers and even better for the fans.”

Most recently Logano placed third over the weekend at the GoBowling.com 400. It was his eighth top-five finish. He is currently ranked seventh in the Sprint Cup standings with two victories this season. He won the Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway in April and the the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway later that month.

With the changes that were introduced this year for the Sprint Cup Series, Logano is all but guaranteed a berth in the 10-race Chase. The field was expanded from 12 to 16 drivers, which put a higher emphasis on winning throughout the season.

Penske teammate Brad Keselowski is also in a good position to advance, which Logano said opens the team up for a more aggressive and more enjoyable style moving forward. Keselowski is ranked third in the standings with three victories this season.

“Having both our cars locked into the Chase is a huge advantage for us,” Logano said. “We aren’t wearing our guys out just trying to make the Chase. Since we’re locked in, we have the next five weeks to go out there and have some fun and go for wins with nothing to lose.”

Next up, Logano will race in the Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International on Sunday.

To reach Kathleen Gier, call 816-234-4875 or send email to kgier@kcstar.com.

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