“We’re Making Gains” – Joey Logano Delivers His Verdict on the Next Gen Cars

Published 09/09/2021, 10:53 AM EDT
Feb 28, 2021; Homestead, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Joey Logano (22) leads Brad Keselowski (2) during the Dixie Vodka 400 Homestead-Miami Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


Earlier this week, Joey Logano was one of eight drivers participating in a Next Gen car test. The Team Penske driver was helping the sport gauge how the cars perform while in a group. Following the test, Logano and his contemporaries gave their impressions of the new cars.

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Joey Logano said, “It’s like any new car, there’s some low-hanging fruit and some areas to gain. It’s not fully refined like the vehicle we’ve been using for the past 10 years. Over time we’ll get there. But it takes laps, it takes these race teams a lot of smart people working on it to get there.

“We’re making gains, getting closer.”

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How is the Playoff campaign coming along for Joey Logano?

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After the Cup Series race at Darlington, Denny Hamlin drew first blood. Logano himself ended the race in eighth place, which was a bit disappointing. Though he can take comfort in the fact that many of his rivals endured poor races at the Darlington Raceway. The best part is that there are still two races left and 11 spots up for grabs.

Mar 29, 2021; Bristol, TN, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Joey Logano (22) wins the Food City Dirt Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Team Penske has a quick car, and Logano, Brad Keselowski, and Ryan Blaney have already proven that. Blaney, for his part, enjoyed two consecutive wins to close out the regular season. The only question is whether he can maintain his run of form. Furthermore, the same will apply to his teammates and they will be motivated to perform well.

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In Logano’s case, he could be a dark horse in the next couple of races. This is because he finished third at Richmond last time out in the regular season. Additionally, he won the Cup Series race at Bristol, though it is worth noting that he won on the dirt surface. However, he will have to keep a wary eye out for the Hendrick Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing drivers.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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