WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — A year ago, Joey Logano came to Watkins Glen International hoping for a road course breakthrough to add to his resume. He departed with two trophies after a weekend sweep of the Xfinity and Sprint Cup races.
He's at the Glen aiming for a repeat performance and started strong, winning Saturday's Xfinity Zippo 200 from the pole just as he did a year ago.
"That's what we've come here to do. We'd better have the attitude that we can do that, or else we shouldn't be here," he said. "Confidence is high. I'm kind of mad I didn't get the Cup pole."
Logano, who will start seventh today in the Cup race, has finished seventh or better in four of his past five starts at Watkins Glen. In his past two starts at NASCAR's other road course in Sonoma, he was fifth last year and third in June in his No. 22 Team Penske Ford.
A player in last year's Chase for the Sprint Cup championship until a run-in with Matt Kenseth at Martinsville derailed his title hopes, Logano is on pace to be a factor again when the postseason gets underway in September. On the season, he has one win, eight top-five and 13 top-10 finishes, and five of those top-fives have come in the past nine races. Only five races remain before the Chase begins.
"I don't think we're far off. We had a little bit of a seesaw," Logano said.
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