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NXS: Joey Logano Needs to Win to Make 2017 Playoffs

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RICHMOND, Va. – Joey Logano returns to the track of his only race win of the 2017 season, but due to failing tech inspection, the victory being deemed “encumbered”, Logano is still looking to get into the playoffs.

Since his encumbered win, Logano has been going backwards. In the sixteen races since the last time the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series visited Richmond, Logano has only three top-ten finishes, including one top-three, a third place finish at Michigan.

Photo taken during qualifying for the MENCS Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. ©Jacob Mullins/2017

“We know what we have to do,” Logano said on Friday morning. “We know that the only option is to win. Have our cars been off a little compared to where they have been in past years? Yes. I would be lying if I said they weren’t.”

The season has been tough due to the fact that before the Richmond Race back in April the No. 22 team had only one finish outside the top-six, a 31st place finish at Phoenix. He started that race from the pole.

In his career, other than his encumbered win, Logano has one win at Richmond which came back in 2014.

It will be a tough pill to swallow for Logano if he doesn’t win the race Friday night as his Team Penske teammate Brad Keselowski is locked into the plays of well as the Wood Brother’s Ryan Blaney. Team Penske and the Wood Brother’s share technical alliances.

Knowing that he has to win to move, all eyes will on the No. 22 to see if they can win and punch their ticket to the post season. Logano will start Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 12th.

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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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