Joey Logano

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Joey Logano
JoeyLogano2007Nashville.jpg
Logano in 2008
Born (1990-05-24) May 24, 1990 (age 24)
Middletown, Connecticut, U.S.
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 140 lb (64 kg)
Achievements 2007 Busch East Series Champion
Youngest Nationwide Series winner (18 years, 21 days)
Youngest Sprint Cup Series winner (19 years, 35 days)
Awards 2009 Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
206 race(s) run over 7 year(s)
Car no., team No. 22 (Team Penske)
2013 position 8th
Best champ.
finish
8th (2013)
First race 2008 Sylvania 300 (Loudon)
Last race 2014 Pure Michigan 400 (Michigan)
First win 2009 Lenox Industrial Tools 301 (Loudon)
Last win 2014 Toyota Owners 400 (Richmond)
Wins Top tens Poles
5 73 8
NASCAR Nationwide Series career
133 race(s) run over 7 year(s)
Car no., team No. 22/12 (Team Penske)
2013 position 91st
Best champ.
finish
8th (2010)
First race 2008 Heluva Good! 200 (Dover)
Last race 2014 Zippo 200 at the Glen (Watkins Glen)
First win 2008 Meijer 300 (Kentucky)
Last win 2013 5-hour Energy 200 (Dover)
Wins Top tens Poles
21 104 24
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
6 race(s) run over 3 year(s)
Truck no., team No. 19 (Brad Keselowski Racing)
2013 position 88th
Best champ.
finish
88th (2013)
First race 2008 Mountain Dew 250 (Talladega)
Last race 2014 Careers for Veterans 200 (Michigan)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 3 0
Statistics current as of August 17, 2014.

Joseph Thomas "Joey" Logano (born May 24, 1990) is an American stock car racing driver, who currently drives the No. 22 Ford Fusion full-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the No. 22 Ford Mustang in the Nationwide Series for Team Penske. He previously drove for Joe Gibbs Racing from 2008 to 2012, collecting 2 wins, and 41 top-10 finishes.

Logano's first major NASCAR win came during the Meijer 300 at Kentucky Speedway in just his third start in the 2008 Nationwide Series. Logano became the youngest driver to win a Nationwide Series race at 18 years, 21 days old. The previous youngest was Casey Atwood in 1999 at 18 years, 313 days.[1] Logano became the youngest winner in Sprint Cup Series history when he won the 2009 Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway at 19 years, 35 days. The previous youngest was Kyle Busch in 2005 at 20 years, 125 days.[2] Logano is now the youngest winner in two of NASCAR's three top divisions. Logano was also the first NASCAR driver born in the 1990s that has competed in NASCAR's three major divisions.

Racing career[edit]

Early racing career[edit]

Logano has Italian ancestry.[3] He began his racing career in 1996 as a 6-year-old quarter midget racer living in Connecticut. In 1997 Logano won his first Eastern Grand National Championship in the Jr. Stock Car Division. He followed it up with a Jr. Honda Division Championship in 1998 and in early 1999 a Lt. Mod. Division Championship. Later in 1999 Logano won 3 New England Regional Championships in the Sr. Stock, Lt. Mod., Lt. B. divisions.

Logano's family then moved to Georgia. The transaction allowed Logano to win a Bandolero Bandits Series Championship. At age 10 he went on to racing Legend cars, where he set a 14-consecutive winning streak track record at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, along with a Lions National Championship. At age 12, Logano won the Southeast-based Pro Legends National championship. Afterwards he spent a couple years racing various forms of pavement Late Model racing.[4]

Veteran NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Mark Martin, who was driving for Jack Roush (Roush Fenway Racing) at the time, called Logano "the real deal";[5] when Logano was 15, Martin said "I am high on Joey Logano because I am absolutely, 100-percent positive, without a doubt that he can be one of the greatest that ever raced in NASCAR. I'm positive. There's no doubt in mind."[6] Logano was also nicknamed "sliced bread" (as in the greatest thing since) by two-time Busch Series champion Randy LaJoie.[7]

In 2005, he ran in 1 FASCAR Pro Truck Series race at the New Smyrna Speedway, started 1st and finished 2nd. He raced in the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series, competing seven times in the Northern Division, and winning once at Mansfield, two Southern Division races, and five Championship Series races.[5] The following season, he continued racing in the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series. He raced in twelve Southern Division races, winning twice at South Georgia Motorsports Park and at USA International Speedway. He ran in one USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series, Northern Division race and six Championship Series races.

Logano's 2007 Camping World East Series championship racecar

In 2007, a new NASCAR rule allowed drivers 16 and up to race in the Grand National Division, allowing Logano to compete in the series. He finished the 2007 Grand National season with 13 starts in Camping World East Series, winning 5 races, 3 poles, 10 Top 5's, and 10 Top 10's, and winning the championship with wins at Greenville-Pickens Speedway, Iowa Speedway, two wins at New Hampshire International Speedway, and Adirondack International Speedway. He also has made 1 NASCAR West Series start at Phoenix International Raceway, where he started 2nd and won in the #10 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. On October 20, 2007, Logano won the Toyota All-Star Showdown at Irwindale Speedway, leading 87 laps and held off Peyton Sellers for the win.

On May 4, 2008, Logano won the Carolina 500 during his ARCA RE/MAX Series debut with Venturini Motorsports in racing's return to Rockingham Speedway. Logano also made his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series debut, at Talladega, in the Mountain Dew 250, starting 6th and finishing 26th. Logano attempted to defend his Toyota All-Star Showdown title he won in the 2007 season by driving in the January 2008 race, and was disqualified for crashing into Peyton Sellers in an unsportsmanlike manner on the final lap, in an attempt to win the race. Not only was Logano disqualified but he was credited as having run none of the laps of the race completing 0 laps.

Nationwide Series career[edit]

Logano holds his trophy for winning the pole position in Nashville

Logano made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut at the Dover International Speedway in the 2008 Heluva Good! 200.[8]

Logano became the youngest winner in Nationwide history by winning his first major NASCAR series race at the 2008 Meijer 300 in only his third start, previous holder of the achievement was Casey Atwood[9] On July 10, 2009, Logano won the Dollar General 300 by deciding not to pit unlike his teammate Kyle Busch who took four tires with twelve laps to go. By leading the pack, the clean air made it easy to beat Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch by five car lengths making it the first time he won at the racetrack in Chicago. He took his fifth series victory at the Kansas Speedway after a late race pass over teammate Kyle Busch. He earned his sixth Nationwide series victory at the Auto Club Speedway. In April 2009 Joey won the NASCAR Nationwide Series race in Nashville. On July 1, 2011, he won the Subway Jalapeño 250 at Daytona International Speedway, avoiding a last second crash. In mid-2011, Logano made a cameo appearance in the A&E series The Glades, in the episode "Moonlighting", as himself.

In 2012, he won 9 times in the Nationwide Series. He won at Auto Club Speedway, after dominating the race in the Trans-Lux Camry. He won his second race of the year at Talladega Superspeedway after a push from Kyle Busch and holding off Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Cole Whitt. His third win of the year came with controversy after on a late restart, he took out Points leader Elliott Sadler and went on to take the win. His fourth win came at Dover International Speedway, after passing Ryan Truex with 4 laps to go after being held back in lapped traffic. His 5th win came at Michigan International Speedway after holding off James Buescher on the final restart. In August at Bristol Logano took the lead from Kevin Harvick during pits and on the restart he held off Eliott Sadler to win his first win at Bristol in his career. He went on the complete the year sweep of the Nationwide races at Dover, and in October winning his 8th race of the year at Charlotte. In November he won the Nationwide race at Phoenix this would ultimately be the final race win Logano would score in a Joe Gibbs Racing car. The Joe Gibbs Racing #18 Nationwide car won the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Owners Championship mostly due in part to Logano's success in the car during the 2012 season.

In 2013 at Dover, Logano won both the NNS races for a third and fourth consecutive time in the Nationwide series. This made him the only driver to win 4 consecutive races at Dover in any series, and the all time wins leader in the Nationwide Series at the track. [10] In addition to his wins at Dover, he took home a Nationwide win at Chicagoland Speedway during a cup series off week in July. The Team Penske #22 car won the Nationwide Series owners title in 2013 a feat Logano has now contributed to three times in his career, once at Penske and twice at JGR. The 2013 Nationwide Series owners title was a first for Team Penske.

In May 2014 at Dover, Logano saw his 4 race win streak come to an end when Kyle Busch won the spring race at the track. Logano looked to be in good position to win, starting from the pole for the 4th time at the track, but he was held up by Matt Kenseth for over 60 laps making Busch unreachable. He had to settle for a 3rd place finish. In his next start in the Nationwide Series at Michigan, Logano was leading with 4 laps to go and was well on his way to his first win of the season, but suffered a blown tire and was relegated to a 16th place finish.

Sprint Cup Series career[edit]

Logano's first Cup practice at Richmond International Raceway

On August 25, 2008, Joe Gibbs Racing called a press conference to announce that Logano would drive the #20 Home Depot Toyota Camry in the 2009 Sprint Cup Series.[11] Logano replaced Tony Stewart who left JGR to drive for his own team, Stewart-Haas Racing. Logano was also a candidate for the 2008 Rookie of the Year award, and was scheduled to make his first Sprint Cup start in the #02 Home Depot car at Richmond,[11] but failed to qualify for the event.

On August 28, Hall of Fame Racing announced that Logano would drive five races in their #96 car during the 2008 Sprint Cup Series.[12] His official debut was in New Hampshire on September 14, by starting that race, he became the first NASCAR driver to run a cup race that was born in the '90s. On September 5, Joey Logano made his first appearance in a Sprint Cup car at Richmond International Raceway in the two-hour-long Friday practice for the Chevy Rock & Roll 400. Due to Tropical Storm Hanna, qualifying was rained out. A NASCAR rule states that when qualifying is rained out, the top 43 drivers in owners points are then set for the race. Logano was not in the top 43 in owners points, so he did not get to debut.

Logano is the youngest post-modern-era driver to compete full-time in NASCAR's top division (Records show drivers as young as 15 competing in NASCAR's top division. A 2002 rule change mandated that drivers had to be 18 to compete in a national touring series).

Joe Gibbs Racing[edit]

2009[edit]

In 2009, Logano finished 4th in his first Gatorade Duel, and would become the youngest driver to start the Daytona 500, however, he would crash midway through the race and finish dead last.[13] Logano's first three starts in the Sprint Cup Series saw three finishes of 30th place or worse. Las Vegas was his sixth start in the Sprint Cup Series, he finished 13th. In April, Logano finished ninth for his first top-ten finish at Talladega; later that month at Darlington, he led 19 laps late in the race and finished ninth. Logano was the fan vote for the 2009 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, and finished in 8th place.

On June 28, 2009, Logano won the rain-shortened Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at Loudon, New Hampshire, beating Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart, becoming the youngest winner ever in the Sprint Cup Series at the age of only nineteen years, one month and four days old.

On November 22, 2009 Logano was crowned the official 2009 Sprint Cup Series Raybestos Rookie of the Year, having beat out other rookies Scott Speed and Max Papis.[14]

2010[edit]

Logano won his first Coors Light Pole Award on March 19, 2010 for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. He scored 7 top five and 16 top ten finishes en route to a 16th place finish in the final points.

2011[edit]

Logano struggled through the 2011 season, with just four top 5 and six top 10 finishes, and two pole positions, en route to a 24th place finish in the final points.

2012[edit]

Crew chief Greg Zipadelli left the #20 team at the end of the 2011 season to become the competition director at Stewart-Haas Racing. Jason Ratcliff was named Logano's new crew chief beginning with the 2012 season.

In 2012, following several wins in the Nationwide Series, Logano won his second Sprint Cup Series race at the Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway, after overtaking Mark Martin with four laps to go, and holding off Martin and Tony Stewart. Logano became the first driver in 30 races to win a race from the pole position.[15] It was also the first time Logano had won a race that had gone the scheduled distance (as his 2009 victory had been in a rain-shortened event). He scored one other top five and 11 other top ten finishes en route to a 17th place finish in the final points standings.

Team Penske[edit]

2013[edit]
Logano during the 2013 STP Gas Booster 500
Logano's 2013 Truck Series truck

On September 4, 2012, it was announced that Logano would be leaving Joe Gibbs Racing and heading to Penske Racing's No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford in 2013, following an announcement that Matt Kenseth would drive the No. 20 Toyota.[16]

Due to vouching from Brad Keselowski,[citation needed] Logano moved to the #22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford for Penske Racing in 2013. He finished 17th at Bristol after losing control after contact with Denny Hamlin. Late in the race it would appear that Logano would pass Hamlin on the track, but both had issues and Hamlin finished 23rd; Logano claimed that his former teammate intentionally wrecked him.[17]

The next week, at Auto Club Speedway, Logano had his breakout race, leading 41 laps. The final laps saw an intense dogfight between Logano and Hamlin; on the last lap proper, Logano and Hamlin were driving hard side-by-side down the straightaway, in what looked like what was going to be repeat of the photo finish from Darlington in 2003, but on the last corner, neither car lifted, both wrecked, while Kyle Busch slipped past and took the victory.[18] Hamlin fractured his vertebra in the crash and after the race Logano was confronted by Tony Stewart, who slipped back to 22nd after Logano blocked him on the final restart. Stewart pushed Logano and Logano responded by throwing a water bottle at Stewart.[19] Logano was scored in third place.

Just before the start of the NRA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, both Penske Racing cars of Logano and Keselowski failed pre-race inspection due to an issue with the cars' rear-end housings. Logano was forced to start from the rear of the field because his car wasn't on the starting grid until after the command had been given, but he rallied for a fifth place finish. Three days later, NASCAR unveiled large penalties for the infraction. Logano and Keselowski were each docked 25 points in the drivers' championship standings; Logano’s crew chief Todd Gordon was also fined $100,000 and suspended six weeks. Car chief Raymond Fox and team engineer Samuel Stanley were suspended for the same length of time as well. Identical penalties were also handed down to all of the people in the same positions on Keselowski's team. Penske Racing released a statement saying the organization planned to appeal the penalties,[20] but on May 1 the NASCAR Appeals Panel unanimously upheld the penalties. Team owner Roger Penske said he would further appeal the ruling to NASCAR Chief Appellate Officer John Middlebrook.[21]

On the track, meanwhile, after Logano's fifth place finish at Texas, he had a low weekend at Kansas when he t-boned a spinning Kyle Busch on lap 105, relegating Logano to a 39th place finish. He was able to rebound the following week at Richmond with a third place run. At Talladega, Logano finished 35th with an engine failure after 143 laps. At Darlington, he struggled with the handling of his car and finished 22nd, two laps down.

After Darlington, Logano rallied to finish in the top 11 in a six straight race streak going into the summer: 5th at Charlotte, 7th at Dover, 10th at Pocono, 9th at Michigan, 11th at Sonoma and 4th at Kentucky.

Returning to Daytona for the Coke Zero 400, Logano was running well until he cut a tire and hit the outside wall on lap 71, leaving him with a 40th place finish. He then had another 40th place finish the following week at New Hampshire after being involved in a crash early in the race.

After a two race streak of bad luck, Logano picked up steam again, with six straight top 10 finishes: eighth at Indianapolis, then seventh at Pocono and Watkins Glen.

In qualifying at Michigan, Logano won his sixth career pole position with a track-record lap speed of 203.949 miles per hour (328.224 km/h); this was at the time the ninth fastest qualifying speed in NASCAR history, and the fastest since Bill Elliott's qualifying run at Talladega in 1987.[22] He later went on to win the Pure Michigan 400, his first win with Penske Racing.[23] Thanks to that win, and two more top 5s at Bristol and Atlanta, where he led 78 laps and almost won, he entered Richmond 8th in the standings with a shot to make the Chase for the first time in his career. At Richmond, Logano struggled with an ill-handling racecar to a 22nd place finish, but it was good enough to where he beat Jeff Gordon (who finished 8th) by just one point for 10th in the points and made his first ever appearance in the Chase. Even if he had fallen to 11th, he still would have had the second wild card thanks to being ahead of Martin Truex, Jr. and Ryan Newman in points (Kasey Kahne had already locked up the first Wildcard with wins at Bristol and Pocono). Also thanks to the win, Logano seeded 6th in the Cup standings after it was reset.

Logano started his first Chase run by qualifying on pole at Chicagoland with a new track qualifying speed record of 189.414 mph.[24] However, he finished 37th in the race due to an engine failure late race. This was followed by a 14th place finish at New Hampshire. Logano then had back-to-back top fives with a third place finish at Dover and fourth at Kansas. This was followed by three top-twenty finishes - 18th at Charlotte, 16th at Talladega, and 14th at Martinsville. He finished out the season with three straight top-ten finishes - third at Texas, 9th at Phoenix, and 8th at Homestead-Miami, leading Logano to a career-best eighth place finish in the final points.

2014[edit]

Logano had an 11th place finish in the Daytona 500, followed by a fourth place run at Phoenix. He won his first pole of the year at Las Vegas, taking another 4th place finish.

At Texas, Logano running with consistent speed got his first win of the season after leading the most laps (108) and performing a last lap pass on Jeff Gordon during a green-white-checkered finish. This win has virtually locked him into the 2014 Chase.

At Richmond, a track where he had seen little success in his short career, Logano led late, and pulled a Ron Bouchard-style move during a shuffle between Jeff Gordon, Brad Keselowski and Matt Kenseth in the last nine laps to slip away with a victory. It made 2014 Logano's first Sprint Cup season with multiple race wins.

Logano made his 200th cup series start at Kentucky Speedway on June 28th at the age of 24.

He and his teammate Keselowski have been dominate in the new Knock-Out Style qualifying. Logano has 1 pole, 7 top-2 starts, and top 10 starts at all tracks except for the 3 super-speedway and 1 road course race run thus far this season. He has the 2nd best average starting position this season, only Keselowski is better. Logano has consistently been in the top 5 of most major stats this season including: laps led, average start, and average driver rating. He currently sits 4th in points and is one of 7 drivers with multiple wins, he was the 2nd driver to earn a 2nd win this season. With the new chase rules Logano is currently seeded 5th for the chase.

At Loudon, Joey Logano was running 2nd to his teammate Brad Keselowski when he was involved in an accident with Morgan Shepherd, a 72 year old driver who was 14 laps down. Logano said in an interview that Shepherd should have not have been on the track running those very slow speeds, but NASCAR responded that Shepherd maintained minimum speed.

Other media appearances[edit]

In 2009 Logano co-hosted an episode of WWE Raw with Kyle Busch.[25]

Logano appeared in Cartoon Network's Destroy Build Destroy in the episode "NASCAR Pile-Up Logano vs. Edwards". He beat Carl Edwards. The episode aired on October 20, 2010.

In 2011, along with Carl Edwards and other NASCAR drivers he appeared in the A&E TV Series The Glades.[citation needed]

Also in 2011, Logano appeared on Man v. Food Nation taking on the Atomic Challenge at Watkins Glen International in New York. Unfortunately, he lost the challenge.

Logano along with Trevor Bayne had a short appearance during a live portion of American Idol during its 2012 season.[citation needed]

In 2013, Logano guest-starred on a season two episode of Disney XD's Lab Rats.[26]

Personal life[edit]

On November 13, 2013, Logano announced his engagement to childhood sweetheart Brittany Baca. He announced via Twitter that their wedding date is set for December of 2014 during the NASCAR off-season.[27]

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings. * – Most laps led.)

Sprint Cup Series[edit]

Nationwide Series[edit]

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

* Season in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

References[edit]

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  2. ^ NASCAR.COM: Logano wins first as rain shortens New Hampshire
  3. ^ "Joey Logano :: NASCAR's Rising Young Star". Jeffspeer.com. Retrieved 2013-04-17. 
  4. ^ Joey Logano early racing career records
  5. ^ a b JoeyLoganoRacing.com: Biography
  6. ^ "The next big thing"; October 23, 2007; Jay Hart; Yahoo Sports; Retrieved October 25, 2007
  7. ^ SceneDaily.com: Young phenom Joey Logano ready for Nationwide Series
  8. ^ Bernstien, Viv. "Logano, 18, to Make Nationwide Debut ", New York Times, May 25, 2008, accessed June 26, 2009.
  9. ^ Associated Press "SPORTS BRIEFING | AUTO RACING; 18-Year-Old Wins ", The New York Times, June 15, 2008, accessed June 26, 2009.
  10. ^ Pockrass, Bob (October 1, 2013). "Logano's Nationwide team hit with 6-point penalty for infraction at Dover". Sporting News. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  11. ^ a b Logano was named to replace Stewart in No. 20
  12. ^ Logano to drive five Cup races for Hall of Fame team
  13. ^ Joey Logano to become youngest Daytona 500 starter
  14. ^ Logano named 2009 ROTY
  15. ^ Gelston, Dan (June 10, 2012). "Joey Logano wins at Pocono Raceway for 2nd title". Atlanta, GA. Retrieved 2012-06-10. 
  16. ^ "CUP: Logano To Join Penske Racing In 2013.". 
  17. ^ Beacham, Greg (March 22, 2013). "Home Sports Motorsports Denny Hamlin's Bristol feud with Joey Logano still not resolved heading into Fontana weekend". Star Tribune. Minneapolis, MN. Retrieved 2013-03-25. 
  18. ^ "Joey Logano 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Results". Racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2013-04-17. 
  19. ^ "Tony Stewart and Joey Logano fight after race". Usatoday.com. 2013-03-25. Retrieved 2013-04-17. 
  20. ^ Caraviello, David (April 17, 2013). "NASCAR lowers boom on Penske Drivers". NASCAR.com. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  21. ^ Ryan, Nate (May 1, 2013). "NASCAR panel upholds penalties to Penske Racing teams". USA Today. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  22. ^ Trister, Noah (2013-08-16). "Logano sets track record in qualifying at Michigan". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2013-08-16. 
  23. ^ Owens, Jeff (August 18, 2013). "Joey Logano wins at Michigan for first victory with Penske Racing". Sporting News. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  24. ^ "Logano rises to top for Sprint Cup pole"
  25. ^ Busbee, Jay (October 27, 2009). "Kyle Busch, Joey Logano bring the pain at WWE Raw". From the Marbles. Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2013-11-18. 
  26. ^ "Logano stars on Disney XD's 'Lab Rats'". NASCAR.com. July 22, 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-30. 
  27. ^ Long, Mark (November 15, 2013). "Logano gets engaged to longtime girlfriend". The Washington Times. Washington, D.C. Retrieved 2013-11-17. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Mike Olsen
NASCAR Busch East Series champion
2007
Succeeded by
Matt Kobyluck
Achievements
Preceded by
Regan Smith
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year
2009
Succeeded by
Kevin Conway