Sparta, KY – Joey Logano is definitely not running like he was through the first nine races of the season. Then, it seemed like he could do no wrong. After Richmond, Logano had eight top six finishes through the first nine races.
Then, the penalty came.
Since, he’s had seven finishes outside the top 10, six of those outside the top 20 over the last nine races. The only top 10’s during that time frame was a third at Michigan and an eighth in Saturday night’s Quaker State 400 at the Kentucky Speedway.
Both of those feel like wins for him.
For tonight’s sake, if not for a midrace pit call, Logano was heading for another finish outside of the top 10. He had a 15th place car tonight, but a call to keep him out and not come down pit road with the leaders after the second stage ended, helped him get track position and finish with his 10th top 10 of the season.
On the restart, Logano held the lead. By the next caution, he was still in the top five.
It worked out for him and his No. 22 Ford, because by the end, there were only nine cars on the lead lap. That helped keep him locked into the top 10 and he could salvage a good run to keep him in the hunt for the playoffs. He’s now seven points out heading to New Hampshire next week.