Hometown hero Joey Logano hopes to find his own magic at the Magic Mile

LOUDON, NEW HAMPSHIRE - JUNE 22: Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford, laughs on the grid during practice for the NASCAR Cup Series Today 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on June 22, 2024 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Joey Logano is one of a handful of New England drivers who consider the New Hampshire mile his “home track.” And the Connecticut-native and two-time winner at the “Magic Mile” could really use some of that hometown hero juju this weekend. He is still racing for his first points-race win of the season and is currently the first driver outside the Playoff standings, ranked 17th.

Logano has a pair of victories at New Hampshire – including his career first NASCAR Cup Series win in 2009. He smiled when asked about past special memories and having his family – three young children – up in his native New England to watch him race this weekend, “I’m hoping to create one [special memory] this weekend, that would be great,” he said.

Nine races remain to set the 16-driver Playoff field with 10 race winners already guaranteed in and six positions still to be decided.

“I feel good about our chances of getting in [the Playoffs], but it’s not as comfortable as we’d want it to be for sure,” Logano said, adding, “The team does a good job of being under pressure and our team knows how to handle it because we’ve been in the Playoffs so many times and put ourselves in the Championship 4 so many times that we know how to handle these situations when your back is up against the wall.

“It’s not ever comfortable. It’s not where you want to be. It’s not fun. But it’s not out of the norm for us either to know how to handle these scenarios either.”