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by Kim Brixton

The first race weekend at MIS is a little over a week away, and some of the drivers are making their way into town, for at least a pit stop.

Joey Logano was in Detroit yesterday to promote the June 15 Quicken Loans 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway.

In a visit to the Detroit Lions practice Tuesday, Logano, who drives a Ford Fusion for team owner Roger Penske, said he prefers taking hits on the racetrack to those on the football field.

Im glad Im in a race car, Logano said, laughing. These guys get hit a lot harder than a race car does. Obviously, we take some big hits in cars, but the safety in our sport has improved a lot. Look at the seats, the helmets, the belts it always keeps improving.

We may look crazy going 200 miles an hour in thinking that, but Id much rather hit a wall at 200 than have a 300-pound linebacker coming at me.

See Joey below as he was playing catch with Lion quarterback Matthew Stafford.