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Joey Logano earns second top-10 finish in last nine races (VIDEO)

Joey Logano sits 12th in points after an eighth-place finish at Kentucky and still has plenty of work to do to ensure a playoff berth.

Thanks to a late caution Joey Logano was able to finish eighth in Saturday’s Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway.

It’s notable for the No. 22 team, which is not yet qualified for the playoffs due to his encumbered win at Richmond International Raceway.

The result was only Logano’s second top 10 in the last nine races. Outside of Saturday and a race at Michigan three weeks ago, Logano has finished better than 21st just once (12th at Sonoma) since his win at Richmond in April.

He finished eighth in a car that probably wasn’t meant to finish there.

“We got a P8 out of a car that was probably not much better than 13th or 14th,” Logano said. “We just have to get faster. (Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch) were just – we aren’t even close. What I am trying to say is that we were really slow and need to get faster. That is the biggest thing. We need to pick up some speed. We just were scrapping, trying to get what we can. The team did a good job at least trying to scrap up something out of it but we just have to get faster than that.”

Mid-race pit strategy gave Logano a view he hadn’t seen in nine races. Logano led seven laps to start the final stage of the race after he and Ryan Blaney stayed out of the pits.

They were the first laps Logano has led since Talladega, when led 10 laps.