“Stings a Lot” – Joey Logano Disappointed After Narrowly Missing Out Again on NASCAR Daytona Win

Published 02/22/2021, 12:30 PM EST
FORT WORTH, TX – NOVEMBER 06: Joey Logano, driver of the #22 AAA Insurance Ford, prepares to drive during Service King qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 6, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/NASCAR via Getty Images)


Joey Logano had almost everything going for him at the Daytona road course. He was leading the race for a while but was aware that Christopher Bell was coming for him. In the end, he could not hold on as his brakes failed on him and allowed the Joe Gibbs Racing driver to slip past.

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Speaking after the race, he said, “Too many laps. I was hoping that the pace car would slow down and would try and clean up the mess at Turn 3. Honestly, it is what it comes down to, one lap will make the difference. You hate being that close, but at the same time, you look where we’ve come from. We had a really solid race, two solid stages, it’s just that getting passed coming to the white flag stings a lot.”

Joey Logano rues what could have been

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Obviously, he is happy that Bell managed to grab a maiden Cup Series win. A first win is always special for a driver, especially if it was a hugely impressive one. However, it does not take away the fact that he could have very easily been the race-winner. That explains why the loss stings him just that little bit harder.

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Feb 21, 2021; Daytona Beach, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Joey Logano (22) during the O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

In spite of everything, Bell had a great car under him and the JGR cars have made significant gains. Of course, Joey Logano insisted that he and the Team Penske outfit have made gains as well. Admittedly, it is still not enough to challenge the Hendrick Motorsports team and the #9 car.

On the bright side, Logano revealed that he and the team have identified the root cause of their issues. From there, they can take the right steps to remedy those issues. Now, there is no use crying over the past, all that Logano can do is move on and look forward to the next race.

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