Streak Ends, But All’s Well For Logano
Joey Logano entered last Sunday’s race at Sonoma riding a four-race top-10 streak. It ended. Barely.
Though the streak ended with an 11th-place finish, Logano continued to close in on an all-important top-10 position. He currently sits 14th in points, but only 14 points behind 10th-place Martin Truex Jr.
Currently, as far the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup goes, he’s on the outside-looking-in. Kasey Kahne and Tony Stewart, each a winner over the first 16 races currently hold the two Wild Card spots. Logano would need either a victory over the final 10 races of the regular season, or move into the top 10. Or both.
And what better place to start the short climb toward a Chase spot than Kentucky Speedway, the track that arguably launched Logano’s career.
Logano’s first NASCAR national series victory came at Kentucky in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2008. He won from the pole that day, the first in a record-setting three consecutive wins from the pole at Kentucky.
His NASCAR Sprint Cup career at Kentucky hasn’t gone as well (but then again, how could it). Logano, now driving for Penske Racing, has finished 14th and 22nd in his two starts at Kentucky, both of which came while driving with Joe Gibbs Racing.