Although all three of its drivers are guaranteed entry into the playoffs, Team Penske as a whole has cooled off considerably in recent weeks. In fact, the organization hasn’t won a race since late April at Talladega Superspeedway when Brad Keselowski went to Victory Lane. Since then, Penske teammates Keselowski, Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney are winless in 11 starts.
“I definitely think we’ve got to find some speed,” said Blaney, who won in March at Atlanta Motor Speedway but could only muster a fifth-place finish at the same track this past weekend while Keselowski and Logano took the checkered flag running 10th and 19th, respectively.
“None of us have won a race in a while and, honestly, we haven’t really been leading laps and running up front,” Blaney said after the Atlanta event. “We’ve been lacking, so we’re getting better, that’s for sure. It’s just little, tiny baby steps. I want to be winning races next week. I want us to make huge gains, but that’s not what this game is anymore. It’s tiny, little things that you find over weeks and weeks and apply them. I think we’re heading in the right direction, but we still got a little bit to go.”
The good news for Team Penske? Keselowski is the most recent winner at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, having triumphed here last August in his No. 2 Ford. Logano is also a former winner at NHMS. So if there’s any track where Team Penske should be able to return to top form, it’s the one where the Cup Series is competing on Sunday afternoon.