By: Pete Pistone – @PPistone | MRN.com on July 14, 2017 | 2:17 P.M. EST&#thirteen;
“This isn’t what you anticipate if you begin the season. You go on the market anticipating to win the championship and the playoffs you simply assume you’d be there. I nonetheless assume we’re going to be there. We simply need to work onerous to get there.” (Photograph: Getty Photographs)&#thirteen;
Joey Logano stays targeted on securing a spot on this yr’s Monster Power NASCAR Cup Collection playoffs.
The Staff Penske driver is on the surface wanting in proper now on the sixteen-driver grid for this yr’s playoff race. His win at Richmond Raceway earlier this yr was deemed encumbered by NASCAR after Logano’s automotive failed publish race inspection. Though the win stands within the document ebook, the violation means it doesn’t rely towards incomes a playoff berth.
So with solely eight races remaining within the common season, Logano has work to do with a purpose to safe a chance to battle for a title.
“It’s going to be a battle to the top for positive,” Logano stated Friday at new Hampshire Motor Speedway in preparation for Sunday’s Overton’s 301. “Our group continues to be able to profitable. We do should get a bit extra velocity in our automobiles. I feel that’s obvious. We’ve got to have the ability to make our automobiles quicker. I assumed final week we executed an awesome race, obtained an excellent end out of it. We’ve to attain extra stage factors for positive. Finally we have to win a race, or two, or three. Because it comes nearer you begin fascinated with that extra however I additionally take into consideration how this staff has gained three races in a row.
“You do this and unexpectedly the entire story is modified and we might have probably the most factors beginning the playoffs. It may well change within the snap of a finger. Any staff can take off on a streak like that. It’s a matter of getting the velocity again. I really feel the group is the place it must be. Pit stops are the place they must be. We’re racing properly and we simply have to get quicker. That’s the largest factor proper now.”
Most didn’t see Logano on this place because the season raced to the center of July. Rely Logano as a type of individuals.
“Very stunned,” he stated. “This isn’t what you anticipate once you begin the season. You go on the market anticipating to win the championship and the playoffs you simply assume you’d be there. I nonetheless assume we’re going to be there. We simply need to work onerous to get there.”
There’s hypothesis by some because the Richmond violation, the No. 22 staff hasn’t been capable of push the envelope as a lot and what they have been doing previous to that win can not occur within the wake of the penalty.
However Logano doesn’t subscribe to that concept and believes there have been quite a lot of elements impacting the workforce’s efficiency.
“Yeah, I feel we all know what it’s and I don’t assume it’s that,” Logano stated. “That was so small that it didn’t make our automotive quicker. That’s the unlucky half. it wasn’t one thing we have been making an attempt to do, it was one thing that occurred after the race and it was a thirty second-of-an-inch. It wasn’t making our automotive quicker. It wasn’t one thing that’s taking away from the remainder of these races.
“After Richmond, we had three crashes in a row. There have been some totally different modifications to our our bodies that NASCAR began regulating that took some efficiency away from our automobiles and we now have to attempt to make that up. That’s type of the most important factor proper now. We try to determine methods to make that velocity up. It’s nothing from Richmond that may have an effect on what occurred.”
Getting one other win at New Hampshire can be particularly satisfying for Logano, who considers it his residence monitor. The Connecticut native would really like nothing greater than to seek out Victory Lane on Sunday and have fun with household and pals.
“I began my first Cup race right here, watched my first one right here, gained our first one right here,” he stated. “It makes it a particular place anytime I come right here. I’m able to see a variety of associates at this race monitor as nicely. It is among the most particular locations to win.
“Once we gained that race a few years in the past I take a look at that as the most important win of my profession. Greater than the Daytona 500 to me. That’s what this monitor means to me. If we will make it occur once more – we’ll attempt our hardest and hopefully get it.”