Sunday marks the opening race of the Round of 12 for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. It’s also a very important race because of what’s looming next week – Talladega.
The problem is, both Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney may not get off to very good starts. Logano, sits fourth in the standings but is only +24. He can afford a mini mulligan but wit Talladega coming up next Sunday, he can’t rest on his morals.
Plus, Logano hasn’t won a race since June 10 and has scored just one top five finish over his last 12 on the season. Six of his last nine results have landed his No. 22 Ford outside of the top 10 at that.
At Dover, Logano has only two top 10 finishes since 2014. He was seventh back in May. This may not be a good weekend for him.
Same for Blaney.
He’s only had two top five finishes in his last nine starts on the year in his No. 12 Ford. He’s -2 in the standings right now. That could fall even further after Sunday’s race. Blaney’s best finish in seven Dover starts is eighth. Four of his last six starts at Dover is 15th or worse.