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 Team Penske’s 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. Can they end that drought Sunday at the Michigan International Speedway?
If so, Ryan Blaney would be the obvious choice to do so.
Blaney, is their hottest driver right now. The Ohio native has six top 10 finishes in his last eight starts on the year including four in the top six in his No. 12 Ford. Last weekend in Watkins Glen, he started last in 37th but drove up to a fifth place result. While that came while also making Jimmie Johnson furious with him, he has to put that behind him and keep this momentum going.
Blaney, currently sits 11th in the Cup Series playoff standings. He’s +89 with four races remaining in the regular season. But, Michigan has been a good track for him. He has scored a top 10 finish in each of his last three tries there. He needs to keep this momentum going and do it again.