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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