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Joey Logano shares thoughts on 2024 NASCAR schedule

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Joey Logano shared some fascinating thoughts regarding the changes to the 2024 NASCAR Cup Series schedule.

The two-time NASCAR Cup Series champion has been around the block, racing at all different kinds of tracks since his rookie season on the circuit. Logano’s cut his teeth and become a contender no matter where NASCAR is on any given weekend, and that won’t change in 2024.

Looking ahead to a new season, the Team Penske wheelman elaborated on how he believes NASCAR’s decision to change up their schedule for 2024 will change the sport.

“Adding another road course, that’s okay. That’s alright. You know, I mean, part of winning a NASCAR championship is you have to be good at all the race tracks, whether it’s a super-speedway or a road course or a half-mile or a mile-and-a-half, or whatever comes at you. You’ve got to be good at all of them if you’re going to win. So it definitely has that in the playoffs,” Logano said, via SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. “We’ve had that before in the playoffs anyways, it just kind of waits more towards — obviously, a couple road courses now, and obviously a couple of super-speedways as well. The speedway racing changes in the playoffs too, because there’s just different, there’s different agendas out there, than what there is when you’re not in the playoffs. For every team, a win is huge in the regular season. For a playoff team in the playoffs, the win is huge. If you’re not in the playoffs, it’s not as big of a deal. It’s just not.

“So when you go to those races, the alliances and who works together and all that, it’s weighted towards the playoff guy. I think that takes something away from speedway racing.”

Alas, Logano makes some good points, especially regarding the conundrum NASCAR faces with playoff drivers racing against non-playoff drivers. It’s been an issue fans have complained about in the past, especially as it pertains to the final race of the season, and it remains to be seen how the sport will adjust.

Regardless, Logano is hoping for a bounce-back season in 2024. He wasn’t bad by any means, but only one win and an early playoff exit has to have him fired up for next season.

Time will tell if Joey Logano can recapture that fire that made him a two-time NASCAR champion. We’re not betting against him when the time comes though.