By: Pete Pistone – @PPistone | MRN.com on May 13, 2016 | 12:30 P.M. EST
Joey Logano believes his team is as capable as it was a year ago, when he won six times. (Photo: Getty Images)
Joey Logano believes his team is as capable as it was a year ago, when he won six times.
Despite being winless so far in 2016, the Team Penske driver doesn’t see anything that would lead him to believe there will be a drop in success this season.
“We’re still the same team,” Logano said Friday morning at Dover International Speedway, preparing for Sunday’s AAA 400 Drive for Autism. “When I look at the last couple weeks, that’s just racing. I look at where I was running before that happened and how I was running in those races.”
The last two weeks, Logano has seen opportunities for wins and – at the very least – good finishes wiped out by accidents. He understands that what happened at Talladega Superspeedway and Kansas Speedway is part of the racing game.
“You can’t hold your head down about that,” Logano said. “You have to move on. We want to break through and get our first win. We have some good racetracks coming up for us. If you look at the consistency of where our team is running, it’s still there.
“It’s not like we’ve had races where we’ve been way off. If we’ve started way off in a race, we recovered and got a top 10 out of it.”
Aggressive driving contributed to Logano’s issues the last two weeks, particularly last Saturday night in Kansas City. Denny Hamlin made a daring move to try and race three-wide and triggered an incident that swept up Logano, Brad Keselowski and Kyle Larson. But Logano isn’t faulting anyone for pushing the envelope and expects that he’ll do the same when circumstances dictate.
“Sometimes, you’re up front and don’t have to make moves like that,” he said. “I’ve seen a lot of people win with cars that aren’t the winning car, and that’s from making spectacular moves and gutsy calls on the racetrack or pit road.
“It’s entertaining. Is there more than one way to win a race? Of course there is. That’s why you have to change your approach to each track, each race and each scenario depending on what you have that day.”
Motor Racing Network – “The Voice of NASCAR” – will have live coverage of Sunday’s AAA 400 Drive for Autism, beginning at 12 p.m. (ET) – with live streaming at MRN.com and on the MRN App.