HOMESTEAD, Fla – Joey Logano ends the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season on a 22 race winless streak. That’s a long time for the defending series champion. But, had Denny Hamlin not delivered a race win last weekend at the ISM Raceway in Phoenix, then Logano would have been battling at the Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend battling to defend his 2018 championship.
Heading into the cutoff race of the Round of 8, Logano was searching for momentum. he had just three top five finishes in the last 21 races. He would finish ninth that day for his seventh top 11 finish in nine playoff races, but only one of which was a top five.
That’s honestly the reason that he didn’t make the Championship 4. He just wasn’t good enough. But, he was starting to turn his season around. He was eighth in Martinsville, fourth in Texas and ninth in Phoenix.
He closes it all out with a strong fifth place finish in the Ford EcoBoost 400. It was Logano’s fourth top five in his last five Homestead finishes, with the worst finish in that timeframe being sixth in 2017.
Also, Logano has a top eight finishing position in the final standings in all but one year since joining Team Penske in 2013. He was 20th, 16th, 24th and 17th respectively prior.
Now, Logano has finished fourth, sixth, second, 17th, first and fifth in the Championship 4 era. Ending the year strong bodes well for 2020.