Joey Logano emerged as the winner of the Kansas race and earned an automatic qualification into the Playoff finale. However, a number of fans were not happy that a driver with an outside chance of the title made the final 4. In light of that, his crew chief, Paul Wolfe, spoke about his thoughts on their criticisms.
He also feels that their win was the last thing the other drivers wanted to see.
He said, “It doesn’t really bother me. I’m sure this was the last thing that a lot of these guys wanted to see today, was us get to Victory Lane. The 11 had some trouble today. The 4 obviously I think scored a lot of points today. I don’t think he’s definitely a must‑win guy.”
Wolfe acknowledged that the Kansas race was tough because some drivers had the advantage of bonus points. Obviously, it makes life very difficult for everyone else in the running, as eight drivers are fighting for four slots. With Joey Logano locking one for himself, it only serves to add more pressure on the other seven.
However, Wolfe insisted that he is not worried about people wondering if they deserve to qualify. This is largely because Team Penske has been highly competitive ever since the Playoffs began. Even though the team has not won as many races as they would have liked, they should not be underestimated.
He concluded, “As far as a car that’s shown a lot of strength on the short tracks. Definitely capable of winning the short tracks. There’s no reason to believe now, with getting the opportunity to go to Phoenix that we’re not going to contend as good as anyone else could.”
On a happier note, Joey Logano will be thrilled to learn that his win sees him tied with Dale Earnhardt Jr and Fred Lorenzen. In other words, he now has a career win tally of 26. With three races left on the calendar, can he add to that tally and move higher up the order?