Logano positive going into Richmond

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By Caleb Whisler, Staff Writer

RICHMOND, V.A— As the NASCAR circuit returns to Richmond Raceway for the second time this season, Joey Logano and his No. 22 team at Team Penske return to the site where they received their first and only win of 2017 back in spring. However, the win was considered encumbered and does not count towards the playoffs resulting in win and get in situation this weekend.

“We are in a do-or-die situation. Anytime you can win a race in that situation, there is no better feeling than that. Also returning here after our win in the spring and obviously the drama that followed, it would be very nice to be able to get back in victory lane and prove a point. I don’t see any reason why we can’t,” said Logano.

The organization has been at par throughout the summer stretch. The biggest problem for the Ford camp is speed.

“We just need to go faster. It is just speed in general. The team is still the same team that almost won the championship last year. Nothing has changed there. We just have to get faster. I am proud of the team and the way we have handled these situations,” said Logano.

This is the first time in a while that the No. 22 team had to fight their way and do everything they can in order to get into the playoffs. The challenge is strong, but the spirit of the team is stronger, Logano acknowledged. Logano believes that the true character of the team is being shown during these times. Logano is proud of the way his team is handling the adversity.

“They are ready to fight and do whatever we have to do to get into victory lane. I am proud of that. This is a time that shows your true character. When I say that, you can be either down on yourself and be beat before you show up to the race track or show up here ready to go and have the right attitude and confidence that we are going to win,” said Logano. “That is where the team feels like they are at. I am proud I am with a team like that. I wouldn’t want to fight this race any other way.”

Logano has been around the sport since 2009 and knows that anything can happen. Logano hopes to win this weekend at Richmond in the Federated Auto Parts 400 on Saturday night. In the only two practice sessions of the weekend, Logano sat 11th in opening practice and second in final practice.

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