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Penalties and Encumbered Win Continue to Haunt Logano

Struggles continued for Joey Logano in Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Overton’s 400 at Pocono Raceway.

A late-race pit road speeding infraction was compounded by a procedural error — adding fuel while serving the penalty — forfeiting any chance of a solid finish for the Team Penske No. 22.

They would leave the Pocono mountains with a 27th-place finish.

It’s their seventh finish outside the top-20 in the last 11 races, compared to the first ten events of the season where they only saw the south side of 20th two times.

The team has been haunted by their encumbered victory following Richmond and it continues to keep them outside cut-off with just five regular-season races remaining.

The 27-year-old driver sits 69 points behind Matt Kenseth for the final playoff spot, and it appears that a victory may be his only hope.

However, Logano and company have strong history at four of the next five venues in their favor.

They have scored two wins each at Michigan, Bristol and Richmond, and one at Watkins Glen, the host of next weeks contest. Those tracks have yielded only a handful finishes outside the top-10 over the past five seasons.

But success on paper offer no guarantees.

Right now, their focus needs to be on winning and out-scoring the competition, while not beating themselves.

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By Mike Calinoff

Over the past twenty-three years, Mike has become a notable figure in the NASCAR community.

As a Spotter, he spent a total of 14 seasons with Matt Kenseth and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in the Monster Energy Cup and XFINITY Series.

All told, at Roush Fenway Racing, he garnered over 40 wins including three Championships and two Daytona 500’s.

At the end of 2013, Mike left Roush Fenway to focus on his companies and stays active in the NASCAR community at many levels.

Mike was a regular guest on SIRIUS NASCAR Radio, featured "act" Speed TV's Trackside Live and makes on occasional cameo on soap operas. (Really?)

He has an affinity for starting new things, such as Popular Speed and 140 BUZZ – a PR, Marketing and Social Media company.

Many 140 BUZZ clients are NASCAR teams, drivers and sponsors and represent many of the most visible brands in NASCAR and other business categories.

Mike is also a Driver Development consultant, where he works with families and drivers around the country to set a career path.

As a stand-up comic Mike is, without a doubt, the funniest guy he knows.

Calinoff lives in Lake Norman, NC