Logano Optimistic Despite Dashed Championship Hopes

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By Caleb Whisler, Staff Writer

RICHMOND, V.A— It was a “win or get in” situation for Joey Logano in the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway. However, Logano came up short by finishing in the second position during the race.

Logano was in a must win situation after he received an encumbered win at the spring event at Richmond. Logano has been vying for a win to help get in the playoffs.

“That’s in the rearview mirror at this point.  The sting is over.  There’s nothing we can do about that at this point.  You’ve just got to keep looking out the windshield and not the rearview mirror,” said Logano. “It is what it is.  I’m proud of the effort that we’ve been able to give.  This was one of the best races we’ve had in a long time, which is a good thing, but it was just one short.”

Logano was proud of the execution and effort that his No. 22 Team Penske crew put in knowing the pressure they were under coming into the weekend.

“We came into the weekend saying second would be a failure and we finished second, so one spot short.  But, overall, I’m proud of this team.  We came in here with the pressure on us and we executed the best we could.  We scored some good stage points, which don’t mean anything, but it means we’re up front at least,” said Logano.

At the end of the race, Logano was in the position to make something happen through pit strategy, but was able to rally.

“We just came up a little bit short there at the end.  I had a good restart.  The last run before that we short-pitted and we lost a lot of speed that run.  For whatever reason we lost all of our track position and fell out of the top five, and then just fought hard there at the end to try to make something happen,” said Logano.

Despite the championship hopes becoming extinguished, Logano looks forward to the next 10 races and what the team can do.

“Overall we’ve got 10 races to go and we’ll make it exciting for everyone that’s in the Playoffs when there is a car running for the win that’s out of it.  It’ll be interesting for us.  That’s the end of our championship run, but it’s not the end of our season.  We’ve still got a lot to race for.”

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