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MENCS: Joey Logano’s Season Lies in Limbo

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After finishing a disappointing 37th Sunday at his home track of New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Joey Logano’s 2017 title hopes are up in limbo.

Logano, who is 52 points behind Matt Kenseth for the final playoff spot, was forced to the garage to fix his smoking No. 22 Team Penske machine midway through the Overton’s 301. It was while his crew was working on the car that NASCAR confiscated a rear suspension part from the team. If NASCAR hands out a violation, it will most likely be made in the middle of the week.

Never really in position to vie for the win, Logano wan most of the day outside the top-15 before heading to the garage. When he returned to the track, he was 33 laps down.

“I don’t know (what the issue was), I haven’t looked at it yet. I just got out of the car. A little unsure of what was what, but not good,” Logano said on pit road. “Not good for what we’ve got to do here. Got to gain a lot of points to get into the playoffs and might have to win now. This is a pretty big hit.

Despite having won the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway earlier this season, NASCAR announced that a violation of the rule books was found. The sanctioning body determined that the violation was so egregious, they took back his automatic-playoff berth and called the win “encumbered”.

The so-called “encumbered victory” is something NASCAR instituted last year. While NASCAR is reluctant to ever pull a victory from a driver, the rule prevents teams from making the postseason automatically if a gross violation is found.

Last year’s runner-up, Logano has made the playoff every year since joining Team Penske in 2013.

With only seven more races until the playoff’s begin and twelve drivers locked in due to race victories, can Logano bounce back and make a run to the playoffs?

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About Jacob Mullins

Jacob Mullins serves as the managing editor and senior NASCAR writer covering all three national touring series's. You can find him on on Twitter at @JMulls15. An intercollegiate athletic administrator by trade, Mullins can be found at the big tracks as well as the local short tracks in the Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania area. Mullins enjoys social media, photography and graphic design. A native of West Chester, Pennsylvania, Mullins follows all forms of racing, Major League Baseball (Baltimore Orioles) and college football (Virginia Tech Hokies).

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1 Comment

  1. DAJUDGE

    July 18, 2017 at 7:25 am

    The FIX is in.

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