One year ago Joey Logano was able to battle door to door with Mark Martin and came away with his second career victory. Coming into the GoBowling.com 400 he will need to get his second career Pocono Raceway win to get him back into Chase contention.
Currently he sits 18th in points behind drivers like Tony Stewart, Martin Truex, Jr., and Ryan Newman. Each of those drivers has a win, so Logano would need to either win two races between now and Richmond, or earn more points than them. Pocono is a great place to start making up ground according to Logano.
“I think it would be a great opportunity, and I look at the first race we had in Pocono this year, we had a really good car. Qualifying got rained out. So we had to start a little further to the back than we wanted to, and we fought all day to get our car to be good enough up front and get that track position, and I think we finished tenth. I felt like we were a lot better than that. Going back to a good racetrack for me in the past, going back to a racetrack for the first time in the 22 car. Every track we’ve gone to so far has been the first time I’ve gone to a racetrack with Todd Gordon and the 22 team as a team. So being able to go to the racetrack for the second time, I think there’s some advantages with that also,” Logano told media members Wednesday afternoon.
Gordon and Logano will be focused in on running six flawless races from here on out.
“We need six more really good races. We need them really bad. It’s like you said, obviously, we knew we were better than the last two finishes we’ve had there at Daytona and Loudon there, those two tire failures that put us with two 40th place finishes. We know we’re better than that as a team, leading up with a lot of top-10’s going into that. Then obviously, having an uneventful race at Indy the last weekend, I was able to build up some of that confidence again throughout the team. Not that I feel like we lost much. You know, when you run bad and it’s not, and it’s out of your control, you don’t lose much confidence, but if you just run slow, obviously, that’s a confidence killer. So I felt like the team spirits are still high, and I think like we said earlier going into Pocono, I feel like that actually brings even more confidence into the weekend,” said Logano.
One bad finish and they might consider lobbing up a Hail Mary to try and win a race. The Penske Racing team is not in panic mode just yet.
“I think we can do it in points. We can break ourselves in the top ten. We did this already once coming from more than 35 points back and brought ourselves into the top ten and in a shorter amount of time than we’ve got now. We’re right on edge of not being able to do that now. In my eyes and in Todd’s eyes, we can make it in points. We’re not to the point that we’re going to take a big gamble and go for a win, and if it doesn’t work out, we’re going to finish 25th. We can’t quite do that yet, but we’re really, really close. We’re one bad race away from we need to win or finish 25th,” explained Logano.
Logano and his team will look to get his season back on track and into the top-10 starting at 1 PM EST as the Sprint Cup Series tackles “The Tricky Triangle.” The race can be seen on ESPN this weekend.