MENCS: Joey Logano’s Runner-Up Finish at Richmond Ends Playoff Hopes


RICHMOND, Va. – Before the race Saturday afternoon, Joey Logano stated before the Federated Auto Parts 400 that “second would be a failure.” Not that second place is truly a failure, however, when you’re fighting for your playoff life and you need a win to get in, then yes second would be a failure.

Trying to race his way into the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Logano came one spot short Friday night as he finished runner-up.

A disappointed Joy Logano talking to the media after the MENCS Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. ©Jacob Mullins/2017

“Yeah, it stings a bit. Last time we were sitting hereafter a race, it was after a win, and this time it’s after a second, which overall if you look at our Richmond overall for a season with the two races, you’d say, that’s pretty good, a first and a second,” stated a disappointed Logano to the media.

Logano spent most of the race running in the top-10. He finished the first 100-lap stage sixth and then stage 2 fourth.

“There were times in the race I thought if something happened to the 78, we might could win this thing.”

Well, in overtime, something did happen to the No. 78 of Martin Truex Jr., but the white flag was already in the air, ending the race under caution.

“I said before the race started that this is kind of Homestead last year for us. It’s just come a little bit early, so we knew how to handle these situations, and we executed as good as we knew how to, just wasn’t fast enough to make it happen when we need to.”

Not making the playoffs this season is disappointing for Logano as he was one of the four drivers fighting for a championship in Homestead last season.

“We came up one spot short last year, and this year we came up one spot short just being in it. Yeah, it’s a humbling sport. It’s just how it is sometimes.”

Logano ended by stating “This was one of the best races we’ve had in a long time, but it’s not the end of our season. We’ve still got a lot to race for.”

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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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