Logano falls below playoff cutline


By Dominic Aragon
July 2, 2017

Joey Logano has fallen below a playoff-eligible position for the first time in the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.

Logano, who was one of 10 drivers collected in a crash on lap 71 in the Coke Zero 400 Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway, finished 35th. The result dropped him from 15th to 17th on the playoff grid, the first position outside of the playoffs.

Logano gave his take on what happened on the incident that took him out of the race.

“I saw four our five laps before the wreck that the 95 got into the side of the 18,” Logano said.  “I didn’t see any smoke off the 18, just a near miss.

“Then four or five laps later, I think the left-rear popped on the 18 and around he started going and we were there. Wrong place at the wrong time again for us.

“It’s superspeedway racing. Sometimes you’re on the good side of it, sometimes you're on the wrong side of it. That was the bad one. We’ll just move and head to the next race.”

Despite a victory at Richmond International Raceway this season in May, Logano’s win was encumbered due to rear-suspension issues during further inspection in North Carolina.

Logano has finished outside the top 10 in seven of the last eight Cup Series races.

With nine races before the point standings are adjusted for the playoffs, Logano sits three points behind a playoff-eligible position. Matt Kenseth, who is winless this season, holds the final eligible position with 445 points.

Logano has qualified for the playoffs every year driving for Team Penske since joining the organization in 2013.

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