Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 10/21/14

Joseph Thomas Logano, the small town kid from Middletown Connecticut, was the second of Deborah and Tom Logano’s two children. His older sister, Danielle, was an accomplished figure skater. A young Joey began to fall in-love with racing at the age of 5, and never looked back after entering his very first race at 6 years old.

After making a s0-called, Grand Entrance to the Sprint Cup Series in 2009, Logano is still trying to move himself and the #20 car atop the NASCAR leaderboards. A mediocre rookie year in 2009 did provide himself with the Rookie of the Year award, and a win. Infact, the win was Joey’s first of his career, and most importantly, it set a NASCAR record that may never be broken. At 19 years and 35 days old, Logano became the youngest driver in NASCAR’s 63 year old history, winning the 2009 Lenox Industrial Tools 301 in a rain-shortened race. Joey wasn’t exactly able to put himself in the Top 12 to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup, well, he didn’t even put up a fight to get there. Logano would finish a measly 20th place in the standings, after many expected bigger and brighter things from NASCAR’s next superstar.

Well, sadly, 2010 wasn’t that much better. He did not win a race, but he did see an advancement in his finishes. Joey raised his Top-10′s from 7 to 16, and his Top-5′s from 3 to 7. Now onto his 2011, a season of absolute disappointment. Crew Chief Greg Zipadelli saw his driver drop to 24th in the point standings in a season in which high standards were placed on the shoulders of #20.  Zipadelli ultimately decided to resign at seasons end after a couple of disputes derailed the crew chief – driver relationship. A lot of us racing fans, including me, didn’t expect Joey to be this mediocre. But there was hope.

Entering ’12, NASCAR analysts around the world considered Logano on the “hot seat”, as did I. I mean, who didn’t? A driver with SO much hype not performing, and a great NASCAR Free Agent class upcoming. You had to expect team owner Joe Gibbs would seek other options. Not so fast, Joey has gotten off to a great start, racking up five Top 10′s, and showcasing utter domination at Pocono Raceway.

While many think Logano may be considered a “bust” 3 years into a extremely hyped career, guys like me have not decided to give up on the kid just yet. How many wins did Tony Stewart have at the age 22? I want to know now. What’s that? Stewart did not collect his first Cup Series win until age 28? Yes, it’ true, Tony Stewart the 3-time Champ did not collect his first win until 28 years old. And yes, Joey Logano already has 2 wins at the age of 22. My point? Joey Logano has not even sniffed his prime yet. The glory days have yet to come, and trust me Logano fans, they will. No. 20 just needs to keep on racin’, taking in every little advice he gets, and reelin’ in the ladies.

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