The 2017 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series season is one Joey Logano would like to put behind him as he looks forward to 2018.
Logano is using the disappointments of 2017 as motivation to propel him back in to contention for a championship this upcoming season, according to racer.com.
“We never want to have that feeling again,” Logano said. “That sucks.”
“Not being in the playoffs is no fun,” Logano added. “I think after going through that and living that horror film, you don’t want to do that again.”
After winning at Richmond, officials found a technical violation during a post-race inspection which led to his victory becoming encumbered, which by now all NASCAR fans should be familiar with.
The season before last he finished in second place in 2016, while Logano struggled with a 17th place finish in the point standings for 2017. After the debacle at Richmond, Logano failed to make it to victory lane and only managed nine top-10 finishes the rest of the season.
“No, I didn’t see that coming at all,” Logano said. “After you almost win the championship and win a bunch of races the last four years before that, you think making the playoffs is kind of a given.”
“I would say it blindsided every one of us,” Logano added. “It’s a feeling we never want to have again.
“We know we are a championship team, nothing has changed from two years ago when we almost won the championship,” Logano said. “It’s the same group.”
With less than a month to go before the new season gets underway, it will be interesting to see where Logano stacks up once the green flag drops.