Joey Logano's Sprint Cup Series win was big for several reasons, including giving the driver of the No. 22 Penske Racing Ford a chance to make the Chase for the first time.
Teammate Brad Keselowski was a big proponent of Logano getting the No. 22 ride and obviously, owner Roger Penske wouldn't have hired him if he were not talented. I asked Logano on Friday if he honestly had some self-satisfaction after winning last Sunday toward the people who doubted whether he belonged at Penske or would have preferred another driver in the ride.
Here was Logano's answer:
Of course. Id be lying if I said there wasnt. Anytime you win its kind of like an in-your-face thing. You want to do that. Were all competitors, so were gonna be excited when we win and I feel like Im very privileged to be sitting in the seat that Im in right now with a great team. Roger, I could never ask to work for someone better than that. Hes an amazing person, so its the best second chance I could ever have, obviously, and it will really be the best chance Ill ever have, so Im having a lot of fun with it," he said.
"Yes, it was important for me to go out there and run well, and it is important for me to win races, especially after last year and going through all of that."