Joey Logano doesn’t need to worry like the other seven NASCAR Cup Series drivers that are still going for a win for a championship this season. See, by virtue of his win in last Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at the Kansas Speedway, Logano is Championship 4 bound for the fourth time of his career.
Now, he can head to the Texas Motor Speedway this weekend without much stress moving forward. The key for them now is, they get an extra two weeks of preparing for Phoenix.
“The weight lifted off your shoulders is only part of it,” Logano said. “The ability to start working on your Phoenix car, not worry about your Texas and Martinsville car. We do. I don’t want to say that, but you’re 100% focused on one more race. We know we can’t finish worse than fourth in points, you know what I mean? We know we’re in it.
“Just got to stay healthy, get there, go for the big trophy when we get out there again and try to win another Phoenix race.”
Logano said that having a win out of the way already allows you to take your time in your Phoenix prep and you’re not just rushing a championship car together at the last minute.
“Doesn’t hurt,” Logano continued. “I think it means a lot, if I’m being honest. I think it does. I’ve lived this story once where you really just kind of — you’re not last minute trying to throw together a championship car for Phoenix because you’re trying to build so many other ones. It just gives the team time to really start focusing on a car that can put us in the position to win.
“If you only have so much time in the day, you got to prioritize, you’re going to prioritize to get yourself in the Championship 4 first. Now that we did that, we’re going to have 100% of our time to Phoenix.”
The other factor to this is though, Logano doesn’t want to lose focus on momentum either. They’ve got it right now. He’s had two straight top two finishes and they can’t afford to just focus on Phoenix and lose the momentum that they’ve gained back.
“We approach them to win, just like we always do,” Logano said on his approach over the next two weeks now. “Same meetings and prep like we always do. I just assume that we’ll probably focus a little bit more on Phoenix at this point.”
After two wins in the first four points paying races together, he had one top five over the first 13 races run during the pandemic. They only had four top 10’s in that span too. Then, Texas came around and they finished third in late July. That started the turn around. Logano, had three top five finishes over the next five races and seven top 10’s over the next eight races.
The No. 22 Ford was back.
Over the last 16 races now, Logano has scored 11 top 10’s. Over the last seven races, he has four top three finishes including a runner-up on the ROVAL and a win last week.
“Yeah, we want to go out there and keep momentum, don’t get me wrong,” Logano continued. Every race matters to a certain extent. They don’t matter as much as they were going to without this win.”