NASCAR America: Joey Logano’s playoff hole deeper after mechanical problems

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Joey Logano‘s misfortune’s continued Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway when a mechanical failure sent him to the garage for a lengthy amount of time.

Logano finished 37th. It was Logano’s seventh finish of 21st or worse in the last 10 races. That stretch began the week after his win at Richmond was encumbered after failing postrace inspection.

On NASCAR America, Kyle Petty and Parker Kilgerman discussed how much that penalty impacted Logano, who is 52 points behind the cutoff spot for the playoffs with seven races left in the regular season.

“When you’re falling that way, it’s tough to have that confidence to say ‘I can get it back. I can go back to the top,” Petty said. “I do not believe they are in a position, even though their backs are against the wall, to just flip a switch somewhere and say ‘we can get it done.'”

Said Kligerman, “Now you have all this pressure to win and you don’t have the performance, you don’t have the speed and that is a completely different scenario than where they were last year when they were in a must-win position. This was a team that was fighting for wins, had speed, won pole. Not what we’re seeing right now.”

Watch the rest of the video for the full segment.