Logano Says Win Not Far Off
By: Pete Pistone - @PPistone on August 1, 2013 | 9:05 A.M. EST
"The next few races coming up, I feel really good about. I feel like we can win at. So I don't see any bad tracks coming up for me right now that I'm worried about." (Photo: Getty Images)
One of Logano’s two career Cup wins have come at the 2.5-mile track and he also won two poles there.
It’s no wonder the Penske Racing driver feels confidence heading into Sunday’s second visit of the season to the “Tricky Triangle.”
“I think Pocono this weekend is one that stands out,” Logano said when asked where he feels a win could come in the next six weeks on the schedule. “I think you look at Bristol. We had a really fast car there in the Spring that's capable of winning. That one stands out. Watkins Glen actually stands out to me as a race we can win.
“The next few races coming up, I feel really good about. I feel like we can win at. So I don't see any bad tracks coming up for me right now that I'm worried about.”
Logano had an eighth-place finish in Indianapolis last weekend but is still 18th in the Sprint Cup Series standings with only six races left in the regular season. But he feels there’s a great deal of momentum behind the No. 22 team after a solid Brickyard 400 outing.
“For sure we can keep everything going,” he said. “We have run really well all year long. If you look at our races, there are only three or four where we can say that we missed it. And the two weeks before Indy, we had really fast cars and just fell victim to tire problems each week that really put us in a hole.
“We are contending and we are leading laps and we are running up front each week. If we continue to do that, we will make up the points and maybe even get a win or two before the Chase starts.”
That may seem like a lofty goal but Logano truly believes his first trip to Victory Lane in 2013 is not far off.
“I think we are right there,” he said. “We just need to have a week where everything falls into place. I think if we can start the race off a little better and have a solid day in the pits, we can do it at any of the remaining tracks on the schedule. We always seem to be a little off at the beginning of these races and then we make the car better as the race goes on.
“If we can start off as a top 10 and then make it better and into a race-winning car, I know we can go out there and win. And that’s our one goal over these final six races before the Chase starts – win a few races.”
Overall Logano is pleased with his first year as a member of the Penske Racing stable even though he’s yet to win a Cup race and is still trying to race his way to a Chase berth.
But despite of several ups and downs already this season, he’s confident his ability and the team’s resources have what it takes to continue improvement as the year races on.
“Yeah, I mean, obviously, yes, it is tough,” he said of the Sprint Cup Series competition level. “But this year has gone very well, in my eyes. We've had really fast race cars. We've had opportunities to win, but, yes, we've had a lot of adversity.
“When you look at those two 40th place finishes, you look at the issues we had at the beginning of the year, you look at a penalty, I feel like this year we're easily a Chase contending team that's capable, I think, of winning a championship.”