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PLAYERS: Joey Logano

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.


Joey Logano wins Pocono 400

Joey Logano slipped under Mark Martin in the closing laps Sunday at Pocono Raceway for his first victory since 2009 and become the first Sprint Cup driver this season to win from the pole. The 22-year-old Logano rallied past the 53-year-old Martin for a thrilling finish in the first 400-mile Cup race at Pocono. Pocono shortened the race by 100 miles this season. Logano's only...

Joey Logano Pocono 400 by #NASCAR Race Recap

Joey Logano capped off what many would call a perfect weekend Sunday at Pocono Raceway in the Pocono 400 presented by #NASCAR.  Logano led Happy Hour practice Friday, earned the pole and set a new track record behind the wheel of his No. 20 Home Depot Toyota on Saturday, led the most laps and grabbed his second-career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win on Sunday at the 2.5-mile track...

Joey Logano captures pole at Pocono

Joey Logano turned a lap of 179.598 mph on Saturday to set the track record during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway. Logano wasn't alone in topping the mark. There were 36 drivers who posted a speed faster than the 172.533 mph set by Kasey Kahne on June 11, 2004. Carl Edwards joins Logano on the front row for Sunday's 400-mile race. Paul Menard...

Joey Logano Race Winning Press Conference - POCONO

credit:  getty images Yeah, it was just an amazing weekend.  Right off the truck, our Home Depot car had a lot of speed, and Jason and all the boys did a really good job with the test, trying to learn things, not getting off track of what we knew worked for us but still try things and not forget about it. It really has to be -- putting the thing on the pole yesterday was a big...

NASCAR: Joey Logano slices through the field to win at Pocano

BY: NASCAR Wire Service LONG POND, PA — On a speedway with a fresh coat of asphalt, Joey Logano may just have gotten a fresh start. After reclaiming the lead from veteran Mark Martin on Lap 157 of 160, Logano pulled away to win the Pocono 400 presented by #NASCAR at Pocono Raceway, his first [...]

NASCAR: Joey Logano Earns First Complete Race Win With Victory at Pocono

It's been almost four years since Joey Logano had celebrated in Victory Lane. That previous lone win came in a rain-shortened race in New Hampshire. Today, he earned his first complete race win with a victory in the Pocono 400. Logano looked like he would finish second to Mark Martin, but Martin got loose off of Turn 3 coming to the line with four laps to go, and Logano got...

CUP: Silly Season Remains Up In The Air

Will Joey Logano’s victory get him a new contract at Joe Gibbs Racing?...

RotoWire NASCAR Barometer

Joey Logano led the field to Sunday's green flag on the newly repaved Pocono Raceway. He also led the opening caution-filled laps in a strong start for the driver who had been struggling until scoring two top-10s in the last three races. Little did we know that he would end the day on top in Victory Lane. Pit road speeding penalties dominated the headlines throughout the first...

Pocono paves the way to excitement

Pocono paves the way for an exciting race I can't tell you the last time I have been to Pocono when the race had as much anticipation as Sunday did. Resurfacing the track and shortening the race gave us blistering speeds and gave the drivers more of a sense of urgency. I have said for years that the races at Pocono are too long. I've always felt we'd have a better, more...

Pocono 400 by #NASCAR from Pocono Final Practice Times

Joey Logano led the way with a lap of 50.139 seconds in the final practice for the Pocono 400 by #NASCAR from Pocono. Rounding out the top five was Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon, Paul Menard, and Kyle Busch. Pos Car Driver Team Time Behind 1 20 Joey Logano The Home Depot Toyota 50.139 Leader 2 99 Carl Edwards Kellogg’s / Cheez-It Ford 50.178 -0.039 3 24 Jeff Gordon...
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