LAS VEGAS, NV – Joey Logano has plenty of reason to like his chances this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He is the defending winner of the Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube and his No. 22 Team Penske Ford will be donned in the Pennzoil yellow. He and teammate Brad Keselowski have won three of the past six races at the 1.5-mile track.
And Logano is statistically-speaking best in class at Las Vegas. The 2017 Cup champion boasts the best average starting position (8.9) and best average finishing position (8.5) in the field. And his average running position is also tops among the competition at 9.162.
Logano has five top-five and nine top-10 finishes – only Kevin Harvick (10 top 10s and seven top fives) has more. And a very telling statistic, Logano has never suffered a DNF in 13 starts.
“I don’t know, honestly it’s just one of those race tracks that I think early in my career, I think one of my first top 10’s was here when really I didn’t run well anywhere,” Logano said of his success at Vegas. “There’s something about Vegas that kind of clicks with me right off the bat. Our average finish and our consistency has been here for a long, long time. That’s a great thing. Something about it just fits my style. You can move around. It’s fast. You have two corners that are completely different. It’s bumpy. If you look at Team Penske as a whole, obviously Brad (Keselowski) has been very good here. The driver pairings have been a pretty good match for us.”
The 2018 Cup Series champion had a difficult Daytona 500 – starting third and finishing 26th after a late-race accident.