Editor's note: During each week of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup , The Joey Logano Foundation will provide grants to a non-profit in each of the race markets in a program called "Chasing Second Chances." Each week, Logano will detail those plans for NASCAR.com. Thank you again for all of your support this weekend. Another solid finish for our No. 22 team. Hopefully we can keep this momentum up as we head into Dover. This Week's Cause: Suicide Prevention September is Suicide Prevention Month. Suicide is a tough topic to talk about, but I believe the issue has to be addressed if we want to work on solving the problem. We decided for the third week of Chasing Second Chances it was important to bring awareness to this cause, in particular Veteran Suicide. Currently, the estimate is 22 veterans commit suicide each day. Some believe this number is low and other people believe there needs to be more studies done to have a more accurate figure, but what we know for sure is veterans have a suicide rate higher than non-veterans. About a year ago, I was introduced to an organization working to prevent veteran suicide. The group Elder Heart, a veteran non-profit organization, teamed up with a global advertising agency to create the Mission 22 campaign. Elder Heart is made up of Delta Force and Special Forces operators Tom Spooner, Magnus Johnson and Mike Kissel. Because of their personal battles with PTSD and TBI they have made it their mission to raise awareness, enlist support and end veteran suicide in America. The Mission 22 site ( http://www.mission22.com/vetintel ) is a great resource for veterans who may be struggling -- and their families. I was really struck by a statement on the site… "You may feel vulnerable asking for help, but be brave enough to admit when you need backup. You are not alone. There's an army behind you. Find a counselor, psychiatrist, family member or friend who is willing to help. You fought for your brothers in arms before. Now let your community fight for you." To those of us who have never had to fight because others were willing to risk their lives for our freedom, it is our turn to fight for these veterans. We need to become the army these soldiers need to get through the struggle. I wanted to focus on listing resources in this post in case you or someone you love needs help. The Veterans Crisis Line is a free, confidential crisis resource that veterans and their families and friends can access any day, anytime. Trained responders — some of them veterans themselves — are ready to listen, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Also, striking up a conversation with a veteran, or encouraging those on your social networks to support veterans in your area, could save a life. You never know who is listening. Remember … "They fought for us. And now we must fight for them. Commit a small portion of your time to help veterans in need in your community. It could be the difference between losing a hero and saving a life." -- Mission 22 This Week's Joey Logano Foundation Chasing Second Chances Partner In partnership with Elder Heart, Mission 22 and Dover International Speedway , the Joey Logano Foundation will provide a permanent statue designed to raise awareness about the 22 soldiers we are losing each day. It will be placed on track property so fans and visitors can be reminded that our soldiers need us. The statue will feature Michelle Langhorst, one of the 22 that died on March 30, 2015. I encourage you to explore the Mission 22 site, share the information and join us in bringing awareness to this cause. During this week (Sept. 28-Oct. 4), I am offering veterans a free copy of War and Soul: Healing our Nation's Veterans from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder , a book recommended on the Mission 22 resource site. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org and provide a brief explanation of who the book is for and an address for where the book can be sent.* "Everyone, vets and their families, want things to return exactly as they were before deployment. And that just isn't going to happen, and that's OK. People naturally grow, evolve and change based on things that happen in their lives and war only accentuates this. You have to move forward -- encourage your vet to look over the horizon and all of you should be open to new evolutions." -- Magnus Johnson THANK YOU, to all the veterans for your service. We truly appreciate you and your families for the sacrifices you have made. *Depending on the response, limited quantities may available. Please limit one per household.
Editor's note: During each week of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup , The Joey Logano Foundation will provide grants to a non-profit in each of the race markets in a program called "Chasing Second Chances." Each week, Logano will detail those plans for NASCAR.com. Thanks for the support during the first week of the Chase! While we didn't get the win at Chicagoland, we had a solid finish. I'm proud of my 22 team. Now on to New Hampshire! This Week's Cause: Pediatric Cancer This week, Chasing Second Chances will continue supporting Pediatric Cancer-related organizations. As I head to my home track, it really got me thinking about family. For this post, I want to focus on the effects having a child with cancer can have on the whole family. Someone shared this quote with me that was found on www.cancer.gov and it made an interesting point. " … treatment of childhood cancer inevitably occurs in the context of a family. Frequently, the impact of an adult's cancer treatment focuses on one or two key adults in the cancer patient's life. In childhood cancer, the effects are often felt by more individuals, including one or both parents, one or more siblings who are themselves children or adolescents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, teachers, friends, and other individuals who may be directly involved in the care or life experience of the child." And everyone reacts to the situation in different ways. Families can be brought closer or can be broken apart. Financially, it can be really tough on these families, too. Many kids have to travel for treatments. A parent may have to quit his or her job in order to be with the child. Out-of-pocket expenses add up and people have to borrow money just to pay bills. It's a lot to think about when you look at everything that pediatric cancer can do, not just to a child, but an entire family. This Week's Joey Logano Foundation Chasing Second Chances Partner This week's charity partner is one that is really close to me because it's a group that I've been working with for many years, even before I was a Sprint Cup Series driver. This week, we are supporting David's House . David's House is an organization that helps families while they are receiving treatment. David Cyr had acute lymphatic leukemia. The Cyr family lived 20 minutes from where David was receiving treatment, but so many other families lived further away. David's father Dick would speak with parents who slept in cars, in chairs, anywhere they needed to so they didn't have to leave their child alone. Financially, these families could not spend the extra money on local hotels. Already in a stressful situation, these families went without comfort so they could be close to their children. David passed when he was 5. That is when Dick and his family and friends decided they were going to build a house for these families so they could stay close to their children. David's House provides a home-away-from-home and support for families with children receiving treatment through the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. To date they have helped more than 13,117 families from around the world! I am proud to support this non-profit and the work they are doing to help families.
JOLIET, Ill. -- Joey Logano is enjoying a third consecutive season in which he has qualified for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . For the second season in a row, his No. 22 Ford has been to Victory Lane on multiple occasions. His 16 top-five finishes equals his career-best earned last season, and with 20 top 10s, he’s just two shy of last year’s top-10s total of 22. He has 10 races to improve upon those marks, 10 races to try and accomplish something bigger -- win his first championship. And yet in the midst of all the excitement and determination, the focus and attention on the job ahead, the 25-year-old is also hoping for something more. The Joey Logano Foundation, through a new platform known as Chasing Second Chances, will award grants and support to selected charities in various markets along this year's final 10 races. The endeavor, which officially kicked off last weekend in Richmond, has tabbed Bear Necessities as a recipient for this weekend's myAFibRisk.com 400 (Sunday, 3 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at Chicagoland Speedway . Next week, when the series travels to New Hampshire Motor Speedway , it will be David’s House. A week later, in Dover, Mission 22/Elder Heart will be the focus. It will continue week after week, through the conclusion of the Chase in late November at Homestead-Miami Speedway . Some might think it's a distraction. Some might believe it's unwise to focus on anything other than trying to win the Sprint Cup championship Logano , obviously, feels otherwise. "It takes time, no doubt," Logano said Friday at Chicagoland. "But there is nothing more rewarding than that. "If you put a Sprint cup trophy in front of me and the opportunity to change someone's life, and you had to pick one or the other, it'd be pretty selfish to pick the Sprint Cup trophy, that's all I've got to say. "You have to look at the big picture in life sometimes. Yes, I want to win a championship, but that doesn't make you a champion in life. You know what I mean? A champion in life is using the tools that God's given me to help others." The foundation will celebrate its third year next spring at New Hampshire Motor Speedway , the closest site the Connecticut native has in the series to a home track. His current goal for the foundation is to reach $1 million in donations. "We have to get our foot in the gas a little bit and figure out how we’re going to do that," Logano said. "We want to do it in a creative way and a way that fits with our mission of giving second chances and helping people in the racing community and race track areas." His time spent with his team might be valuable, but Logano said his time spent working with programs such as Chasing Second Chances is just as important. Sometimes it's an appearance at a particular venue, on other occasions it might be providing funds necessary to help a charitable organization continue to provide help and assistance to a community. "I've learned that I can have just as big of an impact by meeting someone and talking to them, trying to lift them up, as a check does," he said. "If you can do both, that's what we're going to do. "I'm trying to do my part and donate my time, but obviously a lot of the supporters of the foundation, we want to make sure their money is going to the right places and doing the right things. If we can put both of those together, we can do some amazing things for sure." More than two dozen organizations receive support from The Joey Logano Foundation. "Whether it's a homeless (situation) or it's an illness a child has come down with -- if you're the family it's really hard. When their child is in a hospital three hours down the road and you can't go to work, well, how do you pay the bills? "We're working with an organization that helps that part out. It's a little different than actually helping the child. But the family needs help as well. So we're thinking outside the box with things like that." Logano himself got something of a second chance when he landed at Team Penske after four full seasons at Joe Gibbs Racing . Paired with crew chief Todd Gordon, he quickly rewarded team owner Roger Penske by qualifying for the Chase his first year, then winning five times and advancing all the way to the Championship 4 last season. Now, he's embarking on an opportunity to become one of the series' youngest champions. But his desire to help others won't take a backseat during his latest run for the title. He's making sure of that. "I want to see the foundation grow a lot. I want it to be a nationwide organization that people know and want to donate to," he said. "I realize that's going to take a lot of time and it's not going to be easy. But it's a challenge I want to pursue when I look at years and years down the road. "We want to hit that million-dollar mark when we get to our third anniversary. Down the road we're going to want to be over $1 million every year. But we have to be methodical with the steps we make, really think them out. Because it is running a business, there's money coming in and money going out. "You've got to think of it like a business but you get to run it with your heart -- which is pretty fun."
RELATED: Harvick confronts, shoves Johnson after race LOUDON, N.H. --- Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth shook off reporters' questions. Both Logano and Kenseth downplayed the post-race confrontation between Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick . The incident took place after last week's opener for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup at Chicagoland. "Didn't see it, don't know,'' Kenseth said, referring to a video clip that showed Harvick shoving Johnson in the garage. RELATED: Watch: Harvick shoves Johnson after the race Logano , who has previously had his own post-race confrontation with Harvick, was equally unwilling to offer an opinion. "I really don't have much of a reaction to be honest with you, I'm focused on my own thing,'' Logano said Friday morning before opening practice for Sunday's Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway . "It is what it is. That's what seems to happen in the Chase. Emotions seem to get fired up pretty quick and I don't really have a reaction. I'm not surprised. I'm not anything. It is what it is.'' Logano was actually in the catbird seat for the Johnson and Harvick on-track collision that precipitated the off-track situation. Johnson said his car was hit from behind by Logano on a re-start and that sent him down onto the track apron three-wide with Harvick. Johnson tried to get that bottom lane on-track back and that's when his and Harvick's Chevrolets touched just briefly, leaving Harvick with a smoking tire. A few laps later Harvick's car hit the wall, suffering significant damage and leaving him with a 42nd-place finish. Harvick took issue with what he thought was Johnson forcing his way back on track. Logano told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio on pit road after the race that he did not touch Johnson and wasn't involved in any way. After the race, the six-time Cup champ Johnson, still dressed in his driver's suit, waited outside Harvick's motorcoach to speak with the reigning champ about the incident. A video replay shows Harvick push Johnson in the chest and then him being restrained as Johnson calmly walked away from the situation. Neither Logano nor Kenseth is willing to count Harvick out of the championship picture despite the fact his Chicagoland afternoon puts the champ on the outside looking in with two races left to determine the top 12 drivers who advance to the next Chase round (the Contender Round). Harvick is in 15th position in the standings -- 22 points behind Gordon in 12th place. He was ranked 16th until Clint Bowyer received a hefty 25-point penalty from NASCAR this week dropping him behind Harvick in points. RELATED: Bowyer drops to 16th in Chase standings after penalty The defending race winner Logano , meanwhile, is ranked sixth in the standings and was very confident in his Team Penske squad, keeping Kenseth's Joe Gibbs Racing team honest. Since Kyle Busch 's victory July 19 at the New Hampshire mile, every Cup race has been won by Gibbs' four-car Toyota organization or Penske's two-car Ford effort. But both Logano and Kenseth noted Harvick's speed at Chicago. "I wouldn't consider them out at this point by no means,'' Logano said of Harvick. "They're still a very strong team and they'll be up there racing hard and trying to get to the next round. "If you look at the big picture, obviously you want the fastest cars out because it gives you the best chance when you get to (the championship finale at) Homestead. But I'm not gonna change or do anything different out there. I've still got to get myself there. That's Priority 1, getting our team to Homestead.''
GarageCam host Matthew Dillner takes you through the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and talks with Joey Logano about winning the lobster trophy at Loudon.
Joey Logano reacts to Kevin Harvick and Jimmie Johnson's post-race drama from Chicagoland.
RELATED: See all 43 cars " Starting lineup RICHMOND, Va. – Prodigious qualifier "Front Row Joe" Nemechek has an heir apparent. Call him "Front Row Joey " – as in Logano . The driver of the No, 22 Team Penske Ford won his fifth Coors Light Pole Award of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season and his second straight at Richmond International Raceway , edging Matt Kenseth for the top starting spot in Saturday night's Federated Auto Parts 400 (7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). In the third and final round of Friday's knockout time trials at the .75-mile short track, Logano covered the distance in 21.349 seconds (126.470 mph) to earn the 13th pole of his career and his 10th front-row starting spot in 26 races this season. Kenseth, who led each of the first two sessions but fell just short in the money round, toured RIR in 21.368 seconds (126.357 mph), claiming his spot on the outside of the front row by a mere .001 seconds over Logano's teammate, Brad Keselowski (126.351 mph). Kyle Busch (125.950 mph) qualified fourth, followed by David Ragan (125.827 mph), the fastest of a gaggle of drivers who can earn a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup only by winning Saturday night's final regular-season race. "It's nice to have a good starting spot here," Logano said. "If you're up front you can take care of your tires better through the first part of the race. That should help us, with the first pit stall, and we'll go let it rip." Kenseth was disappointed at not being able to sweep all three rounds, a failing he attributed to missing his mark in Turns 1 and 2 on the decisive lap. "I didn't get 1 and 2 right," Kenseth acknowledged. "I got a little too aggressive getting back to the gas, and that messed up my center and my exit, and I knew I left all the time there and we weren't really set up to run a fast second lap. "That was kind of it. I feel bad I kind of messed that up, but hopefully we'll have a fast car (on Saturday) night, and we can keep it up front.” Kevin Harvick , Carl Edwards , Kurt Busch and Jimmie Johnson — all race winners this season — qualified sixth through ninth, respectively. Three other drivers who must win to make the Chase — Tony Stewart , Kyle Larson and Austin Dillon — will start 10th through 12th. "Richmond’s been a difficult track for me in the past," Larson said. 'We've always just been kind of average here. But I feel like our car is way better than it has been in the past. We came here and tested a couple times this year, I think, for Goodyear tire tests, and the last one I thought we got a lot better — both myself and the cars. "So I think we’ll be OK in the race. It's just tough to get to that next step of leading laps and winning races." Timmy Hill and Josh Wise failed to make the 43-car field.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Joey Logano is the 2015 Daytona 500 champion … and an action hero? Logano and Team Penske teammate Brad Keselowski are "starring" in a pair of movie trailer-style videos, part of the auto manufacturer's Ford Nation Sweepstakes platform geared around this year's Chase for the Sprint Cup . The storyline for Logano's piece, which debuts Wednesday and is titled "Code Name Cobra," has the 25-year-old racer, and winner of 11 Sprint Cup Series events, rescuing Miss Sprint Cup Madison Martin and retrieving the stolen Sprint Cup trophy. RELATED: Watch the video Brett Bortle directed the piece and filming took place in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, in July. "It came out better than I thought it would, for sure," a grinning Logano said. "He did a good job for what he had to work with." Earlier this year, Logano and Keselowski appeared on camera briefly in "Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!" Logano had a single line in "Sharknado 3" ("That!" he exclaims to his teammate as sharks begin raining down on a racetrack). In Code Name Cobra, Logano is the "star." "I'm going to stick to my day job, but I do enjoy acting," he said. "I'm getting better, I would say. It takes me a little bit to let loose, let my guard down. "It's kind of weird when you've got to do things and there are cameras and a bunch of people staring at you while you’re doing it. I try to block it out … and then you have to do something goofy. If you just block it out and commit … it actually comes out pretty good in the end. "When it's all put together, it's pretty cool." Each appearance is a learning experience, he said, noting, "It takes 10 attempts to do one thing. "I didn't get to drive the car, do some of the fun parts. That was a letdown. I wish I did. I'd rather be the stunt driver." Fans can visit here to register for a chance to win a 2015 Ford Mustang. Other prizes will be awarded throughout the course of the program as well. The Sweepstakes ends on Dec. 31.
RELATED: NASCAR doubles restart zone " Drivers weigh in on restart change DOVER, Del. – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers appear to be pleased with NASCAR's decision to lengthen the restart zone used at tracks, but say that the move won't completely erase the gamesmanship that plays out when the field prepares to take the green flag. The sanctioning body announced earlier this week that the restart zone for this weekend's AAA 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway had been expanded from 70 feet to 140 feet. Likewise, the zones at upcoming events in this year's Chase for the Sprint Cup would also be expanded, with the actual length of the zone to be determined by the size of the track. Restart zones, located prior to the start/finish line, indicate where the race leader, or control car, is allowed to accelerate when the race is either beginning or coming out of a caution period. Issues with drivers timing their starts to gain an advantage on the leader have led to complaints from competitors and explanations of how restarts are policed as well as warnings to toe the line during drivers' meetings. Beginning with the first Chase race, at Chicagoland Speedway , NASCAR stationed an official inside the track near the restart zone, and added a high definition camera to provide additional information should the need arise. At Chicagoland, Jeff Gordon appeared to jump the restart while starting second alongside Kyle Busch . NASCAR reviewed the restart and eventually ruled that no infraction took place. RELATED: What NASCAR said after the Chicagoland restart was reviewed Last week at New Hampshire Motor Speedway , Brad Keselowski was black-flagged for jumping the restart, although he did not complete a pass of race leader Greg Biffle during the restart. "I absolutely love it," Gordon, a four-time series champion, said Friday at Dover. "I think it's a great move." Gordon's been around longer than any current full-time driver, and has seen the way NASCAR handles restarts evolve from single-file to double-file, from not allowing the leader to be passed before the start/finish line to making that line a non-factor on restarts. The use of restart zones and how they have been policed, while a good idea, was "too extreme," according to the Hendrick Motorsports driver. "It used to be a mark on the wall and it was go in the vicinity of this mark and this area, but really the way the rules were written you could kind of go all the way to the start/finish line," he said. "People pushed the limits on that and forced NASCAR to make this box that we currently have. "The box was always too small. It just makes the whole front row very vulnerable and not just the second-place car, but the leader as well. It has needed to be bigger. My only question is did they go big enough?" Gordon said he had his team's engineers do a study of the restart zones, and discovered that "the average time that you are in that box and had time to react to a restart was barely more than one second. "It may look like it's fairly big out there, (but) it is not," he said. "When you have one second to react in that area everyone can just anticipate what is going on but the people in the front row." The fact that a driver is the leader, said Joe Gibbs Racing 's Kyle Busch , should provide him with some advantage, however slight it might be. "This business isn't easy," Busch said. "... I think the biggest thing is just NASCAR making sure that they watch the roll – the people rolling up on other people. And … I feel as though the second-place guy can't beat the leader to the first (restart zone) mark, the end of the restart zone. "It doesn't matter about the start-finish line. It's the restart zone I feel like the leader should always be ahead." While extending the zone will give officials a bigger window in which to determine if a driver has jumped a restart, the change won't end drivers' attempts to push the envelope. But by finally ruling against a driver on a restart – something officials had not done recently – teams now know the possibility of the call coming down exists. "There's going to be plenty of gamesmanship still, and I think NASCAR has also set the precedent with what they did last week and enforcing the rule," Joey Logano , Keselowski's teammate at Team Penske , said. "That's something they need to continue doing. "It's not just having it happen one time and ... scare us, and then don't do anything about it for the next three weeks. "They finally put their foot down last week on what we can and can't do, and that rule needs to be consistent and make sure that when they see something they make the same call and be consistent with that."
RELATED: Complete lineup for Sunday's race DOVER, Del. – A hard, steady rain at Dover International Speedway made Matt Kenseth 's life easier—and Kevin Harvick 's challenge even more difficult than it otherwise might have been. With a massive East Coast storm forcing cancellation of all of Friday’s track activity at the Monster Mile, including NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying, Kenseth will start on the pole for Sunday’s AAA 400 , the elimination race for the Challenger Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup (2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The series leader, Kenseth already has earned a spot in the Chase's Contender Round by virtue of last Sunday's victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway . On the other hand, with the field ordered by owner points according to rainout rules, Harvick will start 15th in a race he almost certainly must win to keep his hopes of winning back-to-back series championships alive. After an early wreck and a 42nd-place finish in the Chase opener at Chicagoland Speedway , Harvick ran out of fuel while leading with three laps left at New Hampshire and finished 21st, leaving him 23 points out of 12th place in the standings, the last transfer position for the next round. Even though the rain put him on the pole, Kenseth would have preferred to have practiced on Friday, especially in light of the suspension issues that relegated him to a 39th-place finish in the May 31 event at Dover. "I think we all would have liked to get on the track today and get some practice," Kenseth said on Friday at Dover. "I know there are some things we wanted to work on and try to improve from the spring for this race. "I think everybody wanted to get on the track. I think it's one of the advantages of leading the points – obviously, if it rains, you get a good starting spot and pit stall. Glad we're starting in the front, but still would have liked the track time." The qualifying cancellation means the 16 Chase drivers will start from the top 16 positions on the grid. Denny Hamlin , who punched his ticket to the Contender Round with a win at Chicagoland, will start on the front row beside his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate. Carl Edwards , Joey Logano and Jimmie Johnson are third through fifth on the grid, respectively, for Sunday’s race. "Bubble" drivers Jamie McMurray , Dale Earnhardt Jr ., Kyle Busch and Paul Menard , all of whom are within a two-point range in the standings, will start 11th through 14th, respectively. "We'll be ready; we'll be prepared and we won't start as far forward as we have here in years past," said Busch, who blew a right front tire at New Hampshire, crashed and finished 37th. "Typically we're a top-five qualifier. ... We'll make do." Busch feels his team's level of readiness coming to the track this season will stand him in good stead. "I think, for my guys, we've been really, really good this year of unloading and having some strong cars and some good speed right off the truck," Busch said. "I'd actually look forward to no practice time here. I think that would be really good for the 18 team."