Prior to Richmond, Logano had been on a roll, scoring six straight top-10 finishes. He sat 18th in points two months ago when he finished 40th at New Hampshire. His Michigan win last month was a big help in him getting into the Chase.
"We deserve to be in the Chase," Logano said during Thursday's Chase Media Day in Chicago. "If you look at our numbers, there's no reason why we shouldn't be here."
Richmond was one of several times this season that Logano has been in some sort of a conflict. His run-ins with Denny Hamlin at Bristol and then Tony Stewart at California earlier in the season put him in the spotlight.
"I've been a focal point about something all year, so I'm used to it at this point," Logano jokingly said. "I just go with it. I go with the flow. I guess I've learned a lot and experienced a lot this year. It just makes you stronger. They say it's character-building. I'm a hell of a character now."
Nonetheless, Logano is optimistic about his chances of winning the title in his maiden Chase appearance.
"It is a dream come true to be in the Chase, and it would be even more of a dream come true to win this thing," he said. "I feel like we can do it this year. We have a good shot at it."
7. Greg Biffle (2,003)
Struggling to maintain a top-10 spot in points the last two months, Biffle squeaked his way into the Chase. He grabbed the seventh seed due to his win in June at Michigan. Biffle has shown improvement within the past four races, finishing no worse than 15th.
"We feel good," Biffle said. "We are right where we need to be. I am happy about that."
This will be Biffle's fifth time in the Chase. He finished second in points in 2005.
8. Clint Bowyer (2,000)
Bowyer has spent more time this week answering questions about his spin in the closing laps at Richmond than he has in his preparations for the Chase. How this controversy will affect him throughout the Chase remains to be seen.
"I went to ESPN on Tuesday and talked about all of this and gave interviews I think for seven hours on national television, and the one thing I can tell you is that I'm tired of talking about it," Bowyer said.
Bowyer won two races during the regular season last year, but has yet to score a victory this season. He finished the 2012 Chase second in points.
"I'm excited about the Chase, and I've been excited about the Chase for months," Bowyer said. "We've had a great season, but I haven't won a race. My teammates (Truex and Brian Vickers) have won. We've got to get down to the biggest part of our sport, and that's the championship at the end of the year.
"I've had a rough couple of days, no question about that. But I've got that behind me, and focused on getting that helmet on and getting the most out of my race car this weekend."
9. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2,000)
For Earnhardt Jr. to win the championship would be a hugely popular one, to say the least. But he'll need to perform much stronger in the post season than he did in the first 26 races this year.
Earnhardt, who is NASCAR's most popular driver, has been winless since June 2012 at Michigan. He held the points lead earlier this year but only after the California race. Earnhardt sat no lower than seventh in points during the regular season.
"I feel we've got a good shot at it," Earnhardt Jr. said. "We've been consistent all year long. We just hope we can keep that up. I think it's going to take a couple wins to win a championship outright."