Logano: "We Deserve to be in it"

Joey Logano

"I don’t feel bad about being in the Chase at all. We deserve to be in it if you look at those numbers." (Photo: Getty Images)

CHICAGO – Joey Logano denied allegations of any wrongdoing in Saturday night’s regular-season finale at Richmond International Raceway.

The Penske Racing driver dismissed speculation that a deal between his team and Front Row Motorsports driver David Gilliland was worked out to allow Logano to gain a spot in the standings and thus make the Chase field.

Although NASCAR announced that the situation is still under investigation, there was no radio communication from Penske Racing to confirm collaboration - only transmission among Gilliland's team members.

"There's no transcript on our radio of anything said about it," said Logano.  "I would have known about it if that was the case.  That's stuff that happens week in and week out with spotters.  They're up there communicating back and forth trying to work deals.  'Hey, help me out here, I will help you out there, let’s work together.'  That happens all the time."

The way Logano sees it, teamwork is an accepted practice in NASCAR.  He believes giving up a spot to someone in the same organization is perfectly acceptable under the right circumstances.

"You're going to work with your teammate," he said.  "That is normal.  You work with them off the racetrack and share notes.  It's the only way you make an organization strong.  On the racetrack, yeah, you give each other more room.

"That's a no-brainer.  You're working with these guys and you want both your cars to finish the best they can.  It's the only way you make your organization better."

Logano insists he's not concerned about NASCAR penalizing his team for any wrongdoing and his main focus is on starting the Chase on a strong note Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway.

"I'm focused on trying to win Chicago right now," he said.  "It's not a distraction to me at all.  I'm just here to race."

Logano bristled when asked whether he thought his No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil team belonged in the Chase, in light of NASCAR’s penalties to MWR for improper radio communication at Richmond.

"We've got one win, eight top fives and 14 top-10 finishes," he said.  "I don’t feel bad about being in the Chase at all.  We deserve to be in it if you look at those numbers."

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