In fact, by performance in the eight races so far in the playoffs, there is a very strong argument that could be made that Logano could be a favorite.
That may seem unthinkable when you consider the wins racked up by the “Big 3” of Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. during the course of the year.
But in the playoffs, Logano and his No. 22 Team Penske team have shined above all others.
“It’s funny, I was talking with Todd (Gordon, crew chief) on the way out here and I told him I said, ‘When the playoffs started I kind of felt like we were an underdog of making it and honestly the last six or seven weeks we’ve led a lot more laps, we’ve won a lot of stages, won a race, was fast at Kansas, was fast at Texas, you know what, I think we’re the favorite now to win now,’ ” Logano said.
“I think it’s so crazy to think that it can change that quick, but we are the one team that has been able to say we’re locked in the last couple of weeks. I can promise you, I haven’t watched Phoenix tape when I flew out here. I was focused on one race.”