Is Joey Logano (Not Brad Keselowski) the Penske Driver to Beat?
In case you haven’t already noticed, Joey Logano is having a career year. The Middletown, CT native, once called “sliced bread” (as in the greatest thing since), made big strides in his first season at Penske Racing in 2013, and with his win at Kansas Speedway last Sunday, Logano snagged his fifth checkered flag of the 2014 season.
With the victory, he receives an automatic berth in the Eliminator Round in the Chase for the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship. Logano has a blistering 4.4 average finish since the Brickyard 400 on July 27, with three of his five victories in 2014 coming during that stretch.
On the flip side, his teammate Brad Keselowski is facing some adversity after tire issues led to a 36th-place finish for the “Blue Deuce” at Kansas. Keselowski currently sits 10th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase standings, trailing Jeff Gordon by 22 points to advance to the next round based on points.
A win in one of the next two races would obviously be the safest way for Keselowski to advance to the Eliminator Round. But with the Contender Round closing at Talladega, a restrictor plate venue, things are far from over for the 2012 Sprint Cup Champion.