“Look at 2018” – Joey Logano Still Confident About His Playoff Chances Despite One Win

Published 08/30/2021, 11:43 AM EDT
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – JULY 01: Joey Logano, driver of the #20 Sport Clips Toyota, looks on from the grid prior to the start of the NASCAR Nationwide Series Subway Jalapeno 250 Powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway on July 1, 2011 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)


The NASCAR Cup Series playoffs will officially kick off in the coming weekend. While the likes of Kyle Larson and Ryan Blaney are the favorites, some other drivers have an outside chance. One of them is Team Penske driver Joey Logano, whose win at the Bristol dirt race secured his berth. However, he is yet to reach Victory Lane in any other race since then.

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In spite of that, Logano still has high hopes for himself. He said, “Not exactly, look at 2018. That always kind of keeps me going. We had one win going into the playoffs and won the championship. You can do anything after doing that. Living that and being through it. I know personally that my team can do it. So that doesn’t make me too worried.”

Of course, the #22 driver acknowledged that he is not one of the outright favorites. Nevertheless, he believes that he was quick enough to win at least two or three races. Considering that teammates Brad Keselowski and Ryan Blaney also have wins, Logano is not exactly wrong.

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Can Joey Logano actually win the Cup Series?

As he mentioned before, Joey Logano has managed to win the 2018 Cup Series despite having just one win. There have also been other cases where a driver with an outside chance, in theory, won the title. Case in point, Chase Elliott, who picked up two wins in 2020, and still managed to clinch the crown.

May 23, 2021; Austin, Texas, USA; Joey Logano (22) during qualifying in the EchoPark Texas Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

For the moment, the #22 Team Penske driver will train his focus on this season’s campaign. Ahead of this weekend’s first playoff race at Darlington, Logano sits in ninth place. However, the entire Top 16’s points have been reset, so the next few races are a no holds barred contest. The 31-year-old will definitely be kept on his toes, and he will try and make his rivals sweat as well.

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