INDIANAPOLIS – Unfortunately for Joey Logano, there aren’t any more races in the Midwest. See, his best results since the calendar turned to summer have been in the states of Michigan, Illinois and Indiana.
On Sunday, Logano brought his No. 22 Ford home runner-up to Kevin Harvick in the 26th annual Brickyard 400. While finishing second, especially here at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, is a bit of a heartbreak, for Logano, it was a welcomed sight.
“We came close to winning the race,” Logano said after scoring his 15th top 10 of the season. “We’ve had a rough month and this kind of breaks the ice a little, so we have a little bit of momentum going to a racetrack that we won at the last time we were there. I feel confident about the Playoffs coming up and defending the title.”
He may not have been saying that yesterday. Logano, came to the famed 2.5-mile track on the heels of five straight finishes of 13th or worse. He was sliding backwards. His last win was 11 races ago now at the Michigan International Speedway. His last top five came back on June 30 at the Chicagoland Speedway.
See the correlation?
Last win? Michigan.
Last top five? Chicago.
Now, the series heads to the playoffs where the tracks are sprinkled out west and in the south. No more races here in the Midwest.
Logano, isn’t thinking about that. He’s thinking about how this track is still so difficult to pass and that the top line that Harvick was restarting on with nine laps-to-go, was the preferred line to be in.
“The top line was definitely an advantage,” said Logano on the final restart. “I was able to hang with him (Harvick). I was happy with that. I thought I could pull him back enough down the backstretch and have a shot at this thing. If I could get in front of him, nobody was going to pass anybody. But, I didn’t get in front of him, so we finished second. It’s all about restarts and strategy. My team did a good job. I’m proud of the strategy that we had.”