Joey Logano Feels Chase Elliott Is ‘Light-Years Ahead of Everyone’ on Road Courses

Published 10/13/2020, 8:30 AM EDT
Oct 11, 2020; Concord, North Carolina, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Chase Elliott (9) leads Alex Bowman (88), Joey Logano (22) and Kyle Busch (18) into the chicane during the Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


At the Bank of America Roval 400, Chase Elliott dominated the proceedings at the road course. This put him on five road course wins, the highest of all active NASCAR drivers. Some even drew comparisons with the legendary Jeff Gordon, who also dominated in road courses.

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To that end, second-placed Joey Logano spoke about Elliott’s win at the Roval.

Admittedly, Elliott tried to downplay such comparisons and insisted that Gordon should be known for being a champion. However, it does not take away Elliott’s own superiority during this race.

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Logano said, “We better find a way. Like I said, it’s not even close. Whatever they’re doing… I got a good view of it for a while behind him, some things I saw.

“Boy oh boy, I saw cars do the same thing and not go as fast. He’s light‑years ahead of everyone like I said. Like I said, his teammates aren’t even close. It’s crazy to think about whatever it is. Seems like long runs is definitely his strength.”

What else did Joey Logano say about Chase Elliott?

The #22 driver confessed that the onus is now on him and the rest of the pack to improve their road course pace. This is because the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series calendar features plenty of road courses.

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Sep 12, 2020; Richmond, Virginia, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Joey Logano (22) races during the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports

In other words, he and the other drivers will have to dig deep to figure out a solution. Otherwise, Chase Elliott could be unstoppable on multiple road courses.

At the Charlotte Roval, the #9 driver hit the front and managed the gap to Joey Logano. For a fairly long time, only 20 car lengths separated the two drivers. It got to a stage where, no matter how hard Logano pushed, Elliott went just that little faster. Eventually, in the last five laps, Elliott decided to stop toying with his rival and simply floored the throttle.

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From there, the #9 driver was simply unstoppable and took a comfortable win. Now, Logano has another chance to catch him when the paddock heads to the Kansas Speedway this weekend.

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