By: Robbie Mays – @robbiemays | MRN.com on August 5, 2017 | 2:00 P.M. EST&#thirteen;
“I’m unsure we’re at a should-win but. I really feel like that is one in every of our greatest photographs to exit right here and win this weekend.” (Photograph: Getty Photographs)&#thirteen;
WATKINS GLEN, NY – Joey Logano involves the ultimate street course race of the season in Sunday’s I Love New York 355 at Watkins Glen Worldwide needing a win to ensure a spot on this yr’s Monster Power NASCAR Cup Collection playoffs.
Since his encumbered victory at Richmond in April, Logano – who was within the Championship four at Homestead-Miami Speedway final yr and has contended for championships and race wins persistently during the last three seasons – has been shut out of Victory Lane and has struggled to safe robust finishes.
Now, he involves Watkins Glen the place he gained two years in the past sixty nine factors out of playoff rivalry in almost a should-win state of affairs to make the playoffs.
“I’m unsure we’re at a should-win but. I really feel like that is considered one of our greatest photographs to exit right here and win this weekend,” Logano stated. “We even have some nice races tracks arising.”
And Logano’s success on the upcoming tracks between now and the beginning of the playoffs – Watkins Glen, Michigan, Bristol, Darlington and Richmond – have certainly been type to him through the years, going to Victory Lane seven mixed occasions over his profession.
“Bristol, Darlington has been a superb monitor for us. Richmond as nicely. We’ve got some good tracks arising for us,” Logano stated. “We now have gained on the subsequent 4 out of 5 races which might be arising, so we all know we will do it. We simply need to do it.”
With a mean end of 15.7 this season, down from 10.5 final yr and 9.2 in 2015, Logano says his aim has all the time remained the identical every week.
“Our objective continues to be the identical. Our objective is to win the race it doesn’t matter what,” Logano stated. “I’m not going to race somebody totally different due to their state of affairs or my state of affairs.”
Logano’s season has been disappointing at occasions to say the least. Together with his group intact from 2016 and the momentum that he gained throughout final yr’s championship run, many thought Logano was amongst these to hoist the championship trophy this yr.
However from the get go in 2017, Logano has struggled to seek out velocity to maintain up together with his rivals together with teammate Brad Keselowski who has two wins this season and is locked into the playoffs.
Logano says he simply must be higher than his rivals with a purpose to get the win and make the playoffs this yr.
“Go quicker than all the remainder of the drivers on the market,” Logano stated. “This has been an amazing racetrack for us the final couple years. Earlier than the repave and now since we’ve got been capable of keep a number of the velocity and issues we’ve got discovered on the older floor so that’s good.”
With the arrogance Logano has returning to a monitor the place he’s skilled success up to now, he’s longing for Sunday’s I Love New York 355 at Watkins Glen and able to attempt to get the win he must have an opportunity to win his first Monster Power NASCAR Cup Collection Championship.
And his confidence was given an additional increase on Saturday after profitable the pole for the NASCAR XFINITY Collection Zippo 200 on the Glen.
“I feel we have now a very good XFINITY automotive for as we speak and I’m wanting ahead to seeing what we’ve with our Cup automotive,” Logano stated.