Logano Snaps Five-Race Struggles

Joey Logano

“Feels like a win. No secret, last month, month and a half, has been a struggle for us with just a lot of things going wrong during the races." (Photo: Getty Images)

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Joey Logano ended a streak of five straight finishes of 20th or worse with a third-place run in the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

“Feels like a win, just to stop the bleeding,” Logano said. “No secret, last month, month and a half, has been a struggle for us with just a lot of things going wrong during the races. This was an uneventful race for us.”

A late race call by crew chief Todd Gordon for four fresh tires got Logano a run to the front after a restart. He eventually fell short of making a challenge for a second straight win in the race but still wound up with a third place effort.

“When I was sitting there 20th, no, I didn't think I had a shot at all obviously,” Logano said laughing when asked if the fresh tires gave him optimism. “  After a couple good restarts, then restarting fourth, yeah, I got a real good shot at winning this thing if I could get a good start.

“I was able to get a good start, I just couldn't stay attached and push Kyle out there.  We ended up losing too much track position basically.  I fell back to fifth or so, was able to get enough momentum to get back to third.  Overall, you know, didn't stay attached as good as I needed to.”

Logano now hopes Sunday’s run will lead to even better days ahead and a return to Victory Lane, which he was able to accomplish in Richmond but because of penalties isn’t able to use that victory as a playoff entry.

“Yeah, I mean, are we out of the funk?  Yeah, I think so,” he said. “I'd like to think that, at least.  Like I said, we still got to make our cars faster.  Heading into Sonoma, Daytona, like you said, two different racetracks.  Both of them we've been successful at.  Haven't won at Sonoma, but we came close last year.  Daytona, we've proven to be good speedway racers.  We're just going to keep going and start gaining some points back we lost.”

 

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