Just how important are Stage Points in the new NASCAR racing model? How important is it to Joey Logano and other teams? Which teams seem to have already developed the proper strategy to get in place for stage points? Which veteran teams are struggling to get it figured out and get out of the middle of the pack? All this is answered here.

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Joey Logano laments lack of stage points after finishing fourth at Martinsville

By Daniel McFadin at NBC Sports NASCAR

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – If you ignore his lack of race wins and his amount of stage points, the first six races of Joey Logano‘s 2017 season have been pretty good.

That was Logano’s sentiment after finishing fourth in Sunday’s STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway, his third top five and his fifth top 10 of the season.

The No. 22 team was plagued by a pit road penalty and a bad tire over the course of the 500-lap race. During pits stops on Lap 72, after running at the front with teammate Brad Keselowski, Logano was penalized for a crewman going over the wall too soon.

“Every time we got ourselves in position to get some stage points something happened and, I don’t know, we’d be about 30th,” Logano said on pit road.

On Lap 232, after working his way up back through the field, Logano had to revisit pit road for a bad left-rear tire. After concerns that it was the result of contact with Keselowski, the tire was found to have a cut in the middle of it.

With the second stage set to end on Lap 260, the Penske driver yet again missed out on stage points.

Logano rejoined the field in 30th, two laps down. He wouldn’t stay there. His average running spot was 10th, but he didn’t return to the top 10 until around Lap 411, a task that took almost 200 laps.

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