Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Logano Extends Points Lead In Chicago
JOLIET, Ill. – It was a solid Camping World 400 for Joey Logano and his No. 22 team, who scored a third-place finish in Sunday’s race.
The finish continued a long history of quality performances at Chicagoland Speedway, where the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion now has seven top-10’s in 11 starts.
Despite the positives though, Logano was still hoping for more out of the day.
“I feel okay about it,” Logano told POPULAR SPEED. “You’re never happy with third, but we’ll take it all things considered.”
The day itself was one of making up positions for the 29-year-old as he started the day in 19th. A poor performance in qualifying led to a difficult time gaining ground in the race, as he would finish the first two stages outside the top-10, gaining zero points.
However, as the race began to close so did Logano on the front runners, emerging in the top-10 and continuing to climb up the board.
Once in the top three, it looked as if he was going to march his way to victory, as he appeared to be one of the fastest cars on the track. That would not be the case though, as after laps and laps of trying to get around Kyle Larson, the No. 42 would pull away and battle with the leader, Alex Bowman, leaving Logano behind.
“The way we started this race, we were pretty slow and it took us about three or four stops to get the car close, so then we could start making up some track position and then eventually get ourselves into the top three there,” Logano said. “I thought we’d make a run at him there after that last green flag cycle. We had a great pit stop and caught the 42 and was racing with him and then the car just got tight there at the end and they drove back away.”
Despite not capturing the W, the finish does add another notch on an impressive season for a No. 22 team that now has nine top-five’s and, 12 top-10’s.
The day also allowed Logano to continue his now three-week reign atop the points standings. Not to mention that despite not scoring points until the end of the race, he increased his lead to 18 points over second-place, Kyle Busch.
Looking ahead, Logano will look to carry his momentum to Daytona International Speedway, where he owns one win at the track, and finished fourth there in the Daytona 500 earlier this year.
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