Logano Misses Playoffs

Joey Logano

"Obviously it stings to come up one spot short and not be able to get into the playoffs. It is what it is. It's reality, and we will move on." (Photo: Getty Images)


Joey Logano’s second-place finish in the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway wasn’t enough to make the playoffs.

Logano needed a win in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular season finale in order to grab a berth in this year’s playoff grid. Although the record book shows he won the April Richmond race, because it was an encumbered finish because of a rear end suspension violation the victory did not make Logano playoff eligible.

He came close to making it a sweep of Richmond for the season and with it a playoff spot, but Logano came up one position short.

“Yeah, you said it, came up a little bit short overall,” Logano said after Saturday’s race.  “Yeah, it stings a little bit.  Last time we were sitting here after a race, it was after a win, and this time it's after a second, which overall if you look at our Richmond overall for a season with the two races, you'd say, that's pretty good, a first and a second.

“But just overall, obviously it stings to come up one spot short and not be able to get into the playoffs.  It is what it is.  It's reality, and we will move on.”

Logano was understandably disappointed with the outcome but remains confident he can at some point in his career compete and win a title.

“Like I said, the goal for the last nine years has been to win the championship, and we keep getting close,” he said. “This year we didn't, but in the past three, four years we've been in the hunt to make it happen.  You know, to me is the pressure on to win one?  I'm only 27, man.  I've got a long ways to go in this deal, and I like the position that I'm in.  I like the race team I'm with.”

Logano still has ten races left on the schedule to try and win but his goal of running for a championship will have to wait until next year.

“It is what it is,” he said.  “Like I said, we were close.  I said before the race, second is a failure, and we finished second.  Go figure.  But overall, I'm proud of our race team, proud of the way we handled the pressure this week.  I said before the race started that this is kind of like Homestead last year for us.

“It's just come a little bit early, so we knew how to handle these situations, and we executed as good as we knew how to, just wasn't fast enough to make it happen when we needed to.”


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