Joey Logano has constantly said while racing during the pandemic that the loss of practice has cost him what could have been a big season. See, Team Penske made a crew chief change across the board this offseason which meant a brand new learning experiment with all the teams.
But, with practice, it was working.
Logano, won two of the first four points paying races in his No. 22 Ford with Paul Wolfe as his crew chief and if you factor in the Duels, he was 3-for-5. In the 18 races run during the pandemic, he’s 0-for-18.
That’s what he says is due to the lack of practice. He and Wolfe are newbies to these tracks, they’re just new to them together. That’s why it was glaring when he went through the first 13 races run of the pandemic and had just one top five result.
But, counting Sunday’s Consumers Energy 400 at the Michigan International Speedway, Logano is heating up. Over the last five races, he’s had a top five in three of them including a fifth place run on Sunday afternoon in the Irish Hills.
“Overall we learned some things this weekend,” Logano said. “Both races we were just a little too far off to start. A top-five finish today was good.”
Logano, notes that the momentum coming their way is a good sign for what’s to come.
“We’re starting to build some momentum and when you start clicking off top-five finishes you know wins are just around the corner,” Logano continued. “Obviously next week is a big unknown for everyone going down to Daytona to run the road course. A lot has gone into that so it should be an interesting race for the fans.”
Logano, started on the pole on Saturday but his car really struggled when he got into traffic. They worked on it as the race went out and he salvaged an eighth place result. They worked on the car overnight and he was much better on Sunday.
This could be a sign that Logano is going to become a force again over the final 14 races again.