Daytona Beach, Fla – When Joey Logano’s win was encumbered back at the end of April, I didn’t think it would affect him much, if at all. After all, through the first nine Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races this season, Logano had eight top six finishes to his credit.
That encumbered win wouldn’t mean much to him right?
But, as we leave Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400, Logano is now on the outside looking in as far as the playoff picture goes. That’s the first time he’s been outside of the playoffs all year.
Logano, was caught up in the Lap 70 crash in Turn 2 tonight, as his No. 22 Ford was scored with a disappointing 35th place finish at the Daytona International Speedway as a result. He’s now 17th in the playoff grid, three points behind the final cut off.
But, if not for Ricky Stenhouse Jr. winning and Matt Kenseth crashing, Logano was looking at being slipped to 18th in the standings and 20+ points out of 16th.
The 35th place effort was the Team Penske driver’s sixth finish outside the top 20 over the last eight races.
That’s why he’s dropped so far in the standings. Mix those finishes with several new winners, over half of them being outside the top 10 in the overall standings too, and it’s easy to see now why Logano needs to win badly.
How crazy of a year its been for him.