Despite precarious position in standings, Joey Logano exudes confidence

Joey Logano (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

LOUDON, N.H. – Joey Logano isn’t letting his status on the standings bubble bother him.

Never mind that Logano is in a marginal position when it comes to making the postseason playoff in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Never mind that he lost the benefit of his April victory in Richmond when NASCAR discovered an impropriety with his No. 22 Team Penske Ford.

Never mind that there are 10 drivers with unencumbered victories this season and six others without wins ahead of Logano in the standings—a circumstance that could prove problematic since there are only 16 playoff spots available.

Though Logano is currently 12th in points and the first driver out when it comes to the playoff, his belief in the resilience of his team is unflagging.

“None of this is new,” said Logano, a two-time New Hampshire winner during media availability for Sunday’s Overton’s 301 (3 p.m. ET on NBCSN). “If you think about it, we do this throughout the playoffs. You have a cut-off every three races, and you know the points are close. They will be closer this year than ever with the stages and how that works. I think of Phoenix last year. We went into that race do or die and we won.

“Talladega was the same thing. Do or die and we won. We’re going to get in a situation that is do or die, and I have more faith in this team that it is going to happen than not. This team rises to the occasion, for sure. When the pressure is on, they show up. It is just a matter of time before that happens.”

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