2021 Season in Review: Joey Logano


GROUP: Group Penske

POINTS: Eighth in NASCAR Cup Series

WINS: One (Bristol Dirt)


TOP fives: 10

TOP 10s: 19

CERTIFIED FIRST: When (Martinsville I)

WHAT WENT RIGHT: Getting In the NASCAR Cup Series’ very first race on dirt because 1970, numerous indicated dirt-track eager beavers like Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell as the favorites. However it was Joey Logano, a motorist with much less experience racing on dirt, that made the historical win at Bristol Motor Speedway in overtime.

That success highlighted a strong very first half of the season for Logano. Through the very first 19 races, he netted 7 top-five surfaces (consisting of the Bristol dirt win and runner-ups at the Daytona roadway course and Phoenix) and 12 top-10 surfaces with simply a single DNF (a crash at Talladega).

WHAT FAILED: Logano’s general outcomes took an obvious action back, and not simply compared to in 2015. While he had a top-five typical running position (10.7, fifth-best in Cup), his overalls in wins, top-five surfaces, top-10 surfaces, laps led and typical surface (12.6) were all his worst because 2017 – the only season where he missed out on the playoffs in the existing format.

Not assisting matters: A bad end to the routine season, where Logano suffered 2 DNFs and ended up no much better than 22nd over the last 4 races. More constant outcomes assisted Logano advance through the very first 2 playoff rounds, however it likewise masked a failure to add front. Throughout those very first 6 post-season races, he just led an overall of 13 laps.

The bottom lastly fell out in the Round of 8 opener at Texas Motor Speedway. A late-race engine failure not just saddled Logano with a 30th-place surface however likewise left him 43 points listed below the cutline to advance to the Champion 4. It was too huge a deficit to get rid of over the next 2 races.

WHAT TO ANTICIPATE IN 2022: Because the NASCAR playoffs debuted its existing format in 2014, Logano has actually reached the Champion 4 in each even-numbered year (winning everything in 2018). He’ll seek to continue that pattern and cement himself atop of Group Penske’s chain of command after Brad Keselowski’s departure to RFK Racing.

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2021 Season in Evaluation: Joey Logano initially appeared on NBCSports.com

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