Team Penske driver Joey Logano has every reason to be loving life right now.
Last Saturday night at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway, Logano powered to his second victory of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season and virtually assured himself a berth into this year’s edition of the Chase. But, it’s the confidence gleaming from the 23-year old that makes a statement that the driver of the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion is in no way ready to bow down and relax.
“Obviously, the last few weeks have gone well,” offered Logano. “The chemistry keeps building – myself and Todd Gordon (crew chief) are clicking right now and he’s giving me what I need and I’ve been able to do my job. That’s why you see those race results there. We’re able to build off a year of getting to know each other and being able to use that to our advantage now.”
Through nine races this season, Logano has already tied the number of wins he earned in the last two seasons combined. With four top-10s in 10 starts at the 2.66-mile superspeedway and his continuing wave of momentum, Logano should be considered a contender Sunday afternoon.
“Here we are nine or 10 races into the season and to already have a couple wins, but to be able to really focus on getting the Chase ready – I’m not saying that we’re coming here all lackadaisical and don’t care, I still want to go out there and win and I know my team does. We want to keep that momentum just because we want to have the ball rolling and have that momentum by the time the Chase comes.”