Joey Logano dominated the June race at Michigan earlier this season. Little did we know then, that Logano’s victory in the rain delayed race would be their last. That’s right over the past eight races, Penske has been shut out of victory lane.
It seems now like Team Penske may have peaked too soon. Last year, it was the exact opposite. Heading into Sunday’s race, they’ve got one win in the last 10 races overall. That’s surprising.
BROOKLYN, MICHIGAN – JUNE 10: Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, leads Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Busch Light Ford, during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway on June 10, 2019 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Logan Riely/Getty Images)
Since Logano’s win at Michigan on June 10, his finishes are 23rd, 3rd, 25th, 7th, 9th, 13th and 21st respectively. That’s just one top five result and two top 10’s in his No. 22 Ford in his last seven races on the season.
In wake of that, Logano has lost control of the points lead. At one point, he led Kyle Busch by over 30 points – now he trails by 13.
It’s not like Busch has been that much better (1 top five in his last six starts) it’s just that Busch has been more consistent and much quicker so he’s leading more laps and scoring those valuable stage points. Logano, hasn’t been a factor at all.
Can he get it going on Sunday?