Joey Logano has reached victory lane twice already this season. Now, he’s going for five coveted playoff points and third trip to victory lane by virtue of a victory in Sunday’s Yellawood 500 (2 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN).
It’s realistic to think so too.
Logano, has six top five finishes in his last 11 tries on superspeedway’s including being very strong at Talladega. His last six Talladega finishes in fact have been fourth, first, fifth, fourth, 11th and 17th respectively. He won the spring race in 2018 and has led at least 10 laps in six of those eight races as well.
He’s even been good at Talladega in the XFINITY Series in scoring seven top three finishes in eight tries, two of which being wins and three more being runner-ups.
Also, since 2015, Logano has five wins and four runner-ups on superspeedway’s in NASCAR’s premiere series.
While that’s all good, there’s still the chance he could get taken out in someone else’s mess. That always weighs on every race car drivers’ mind heading to Daytona or Talladega.
He should have a shot though as Ford has won six straight years in the Talladega Fall race, five of which seeing a Penske driver celebrating in victory lane and three of the last five in the Spring event.
Logano has eight top 10 finishes in his last 11 starts on the season including a pair of third place finishes to kick start the playoffs off with.
His nine race streak of top 10’s in Vegas ended last weekend though. He only finished 14th. That’s because of that contact with Kyle Busch on Lap 87 which left his No. 22 Ford with a left rear tire rub. They’d have to pit for repairs on Lap 89 and would fall from third to 32nd, -1. It took him until the Lap 249 caution to finally get back on the lead lap. He’d end up going from 24th to 14th though to make up 10 points in the end. That took him from -1 to +11 heading to Talladega Sunday. Those 10 points to be vastly needed.