NASCAR Cup Series

Total Team Effort Leads To Third Place For Logano

By: Mitchell Breuer

At the end of the Southern 500, Joey Logano captured a third-place finish to start his playoffs. However, it was a journey to get there.

The driver of the No. 22 was able to move up to seventh at the end of the first stage after starting 13th, but ended the second with a flat tire in 17th. He then suffered more damage on the following restart, and it seemed like things were heading in the wrong direction.

However, Logano changed the tune with a strategy callfor two-tires on what could have been the final pit stop of the race, paid off, as a caution flew not long after. This allowed him to retain his track position and get on the same sequence with the leaders.

The end of the race provided Logano, who had moved into the top-five late, another opportunity to move up, as then-leaders Martin Truex Jr and Chase Elliott made contact and damage to each other’s cars, allowing the No. 22 to move past both.

“We got thrown a lot of curve balls throughout the event, and we were able to overcome a lot of them,” Logano said in a post-race Zoom media session. “Getting a flat right front tire with one to go in the second stage, hitting the wall because of that, needing to fix it, and then of course next restart everything is bottlenecked and I get hit from behind and in the front and become the meat in the sandwich and the left rear gets torn off, and everyone did a good job fixing it.”

Overall, the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series Champion said the night proved to be a total team effort.“Every player on the team did their job today and was able to recover for something great,” Logano said. “It’s about everyone with cool heads when adversity hits, and that’s pretty much what happened.  We got thrown a lot of things at us and fixed the car good.  Strategy worked out well for us and got us some track position back, and then the last pit stop the pit crew picked up four spots and put me in position to do the right thing on the choose rule, get another one there, and then you’re close.”

Logano also said the effort, especially to start the playoffs, gives him “all the confidence” moving forward, and goes hand-in-hand with their team’s slogan for the season in “believe”.

“That’s what we’re as a team getting behind,” Logano said.  “I believe we all believed tonight that we were going to get something through, and that’s why we were able to stay calm.  Proud of the team on this one.  Like I said, every player was used a lot tonight to make this happen.”

Entering Richmond, Logano sits third in the standings, 27 points above the cutoff.

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