Patrick power

DEAN MCNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:27 PM ET

Poor Joey Logano. The 20-year-old sophomore Sprint Cup driver was "Patrick-ed" Tuesday during NASCAR's weekly media teleconference call in advance of Sunday's Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

You see Logano was billed as the star of the show, with Nationwide series part-timer Danica Patrick as the opening act.

Well in the world of all things Danica, Logano was shuffled aside faster than the queen of spades in a game of Hearts.

He didn't stand a chance.

Logano should have known it was coming when one of the first questions was how he thought Patrick was handling the transition from IndyCars to stock cars.

"I think it's cool she's been given a shot at it," he said. "I mean, this is definitely a big, a real hard step to take if you have seen people try to do it before and haven't made it. So it's not an easy step. But I give her credit for trying to do it. I think that's something that's really cool."

He must have been swallowing real hard as that answer was coming out.

Logano, after all, in just his second season in Cup racing can boast one win, 13 Top 10s and one pole.

In the Nationwide series, he has recorded seven wins, 39 Top 10s and 11 poles. Patrick, by comparison, has no wins, no Top 10s and no poles.

And yet the NASCAR media horde trampled over Logano like road kill in their haste to get a question in to her Danicaship.

Oh, she was gracious and there's no doubt she can wheel a race car, but please, how much perspective can she have on racing a stock car at New Hampshire, a track she hadn't even visited as a spectator.

But the 28-year-old does know all the right things to say.

She sure thinks Boston is a great sports town, she told a Boston newspaper columnist. Certainly Chicago is like her hometown, she told a Chicago writer, except that Phoenix is also like her hometown, she told a Phoenix reporter.

If Patrick can make it in NASCAR, it would be a great coup, and should, when and if it happens, be celebrated as a great sporting accomplishment.

Let's just get that winning part out of the way first, before we put her in the Hall of Fame.

Fighting words

NASCAR television rights holders TSN and TNT must be jumping for joy after Sprint Cup driver Martin Truex Jr. vowed to "get" Jeff Gordon at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this Sunday.

Truex was seething after Gordon spun him out during the Toyota SaveMart 350 at Sonoma this past Sunday.

"I was five or six cars clear of (Gordon) going into Turn 11, and for some reason he just turned me around," Truex said.

"So that's all right. What comes around goes around. And I'll get him at Loudon."

With NASCAR ratings still in a slump, such promise of mayhem is sure to increase the number of eyeballs glued to their television sets for the Lenox Industrial 301 at Loudon.

Finish lines

Speaking of New Hampshire, the Boston Globe reported Tuesday that the Indy Racing League will add the one-mile flat oval to its 2011 IZOD IndyCar series calendar. According to the Globe the race will follow the two Canadian races -- Toronto and Edmonton -- on the final weekend of July ... McLaren's Formula One team was caught off guard earlier this season when its chief engineer Pat Fry left the team. It must have been a bigger surprise when Ferrari announced Tuesday that Fry will join the Scuderia's technical crew as assistant director.

DEAN.MCNULTY@SUNMEDIA.CA


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