MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Joey Logano was initially unrepentant last year as his feud with Matt Kenseth grew.
That feud ultimately cost Logano a chance at his first title.
A year later, Logano has a new perspective about the soap opera that fueled the Sprint Cup Chase for the Championship.
"I learned some valuable lessons last year," Logano said. "I learned a whole new level I didn't even know I had. Now I know how to reach that level mentally … to make things happen and be a great leader for my team."
Logano was taken out of the 2015 title race at Martinsville when Kenseth intentionally wrecked him as payback for a spat that started during the second round of the playoffs. Logano had wrecked Kenseth while fighting for the race lead at Kansas. Two weeks later Kenseth got his revenge, taking out Logano as Logano led.
"I think we're a little bit more under the radar than we were last year," Logano said. "We've just got to go out there and fight, do what we know how to do."
Trucks: Johnny Sauter earned a spot in the series' championship race by winning the Texas Roadhouse 200, at Martinsville. Sauter, who led 48 of 200 laps, held off Sprint Cup regular Chase Elliott in the closing laps.
F1: Lewis Hamilton earned the pole for today's Mexican Grand Prix in Mexico City, edging Mercedes teammate and title rival Nico Rosberg, who starts second.
NHRA: Clay Millican (Top Fuel), Jack Beckman (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Jerry Savoie (Pro Stock Motorcycle) led qualifying for today's Toyota Nationals in Las Vegas.