Stage Points Kept Logano Afloat In Talladega But Playoff Points The Reason He’s Still Champion

Lets be honest right now, Joey Logano needs a little bit of help if he wants to become just the third driver in the last couple of decades to win back-to-back Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championships. No defending Cup Series champion has been bounced before the Round of 8 before, so Logano is hoping to not become the first.

Right now, if he wants to make it past this weekend’s race at the Kansas Speedway, he has to start finding speed as well as luck.  Logano, hasn’t won a race since June 10 at the Michigan International Speedway. That’s a winless drought of over four months. He’s also only had one top five finish in the last 14 starts himself too.

Joey Logano races his No. 22 Ford in the opening race of the Round of 12 at Dover

That’s why he sits eighth in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series points standings right now heading into the final race of the Round of 12 in which only eight drivers move on.

Logano knows that he’s lucky that he scored 18 stage points last weekend in Talladega. The gap between himself in eighth place in the standings to ninth place in the standings is…18.

Logano, finished second in both stages last weekend which gave him 18 much needed additional points.

“Two second places in the stages and an 11th-place finish with a crashed race car isn’t ideal, but it’s way better than it could have been, so I’m proud of that,” Logano said of his day on Monday.

The problem is, eight of his last 11 races have seen him finish outside of the top 10. The only reason he’s even ahead of the cutoff line is because of those stage points and playoff points accumulated earlier this year.

Where he has to be worried is, the drivers he’s around in the fight to make it to the Round of 8, almost all of them finished in the top five in the spring race at Kansas. Brad Keselowski sits one spot ahead of Logano in the standings and he won back in May. Alex Bowman sits one spot behind Logano and he finished second that night. Chase Elliott sits one spot behind Bowman in 10th in the standings, and he was fourth back in May and won this race last year. Clint Bowyer is 11th in the standings and he came home fifth in the spring race.


He finished 15th in that race and has three finishes of 15th or worse in his last five Kansas tries.

With how his season has went recently mixed with everything else, he’s in a position to potentially get eliminated from the playoffs on Sunday afternoon.

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