Joey Logano

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Joey Logano
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Born Joseph Thomas Logano
(1990-05-24) May 24, 1990 (age 27)
Middletown, Connecticut
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg)
Achievements 2007 Busch East Series Champion
Youngest Xfinity Series Race Winner 18 years, 21 days
Youngest Sprint Cup Series race Winner 19 years, 35 days
2015 Daytona 500 winner
Won all three races in the 2015 Chase for the Cup Contender round (Charlotte, Kansas, Talladega)
2016 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race winner
2017 Advance Auto Parts Clash winner
6th driver to win in 300th Cup start
Awards 2009 Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
327 races run over 10 years
Car no., team No. 22 (Team Penske)
2017 position 17th
Best finish 2nd (2016)
First race 2008 Sylvania 300 (Loudon)
Last race 2017 Ford EcoBoost 400 (Homestead)
First win 2009 Lenox Industrial Tools 301 (Loudon)
Last win 2017 Toyota Owners 400 (Richmond)
Wins Top tens Poles
18 153 19
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
169 races run over 10 years
Car no., team No. 12/22 (Team Penske)
2016 position 88th
Best finish 8th (2010)
First race 2008 Heluva Good! 200 (Dover)
Last race 2017 VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 (Darlington)
First win 2008 Meijer 300 (Kentucky)
Last win 2017 Boyd Gaming 300 (Las Vegas)
Wins Top tens Poles
28 138 34
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
7 races run over 4 years
2015 position 83rd
Best finish 83rd (2015)
First race 2008 Mountain Dew 250 (Talladega)
Last race 2015 Kroger 250 (Martinsville)
First win 2015 Kroger 250 (Martinsville)
Wins Top tens Poles
1 4 1
Statistics current as of November 19, 2017.

Joseph Thomas "Joey" Logano (born May 24, 1990), nicknamed "Sliced Bread," is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes full-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, driving the No. 22 Ford Fusion for Team Penske, and part-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving the No. 12 and No. 22 Ford Mustangs for Team Penske. His Penske contract extends through the 2022 season. He previously drove the No. 20 Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing from 2008 to 2012, collecting two 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][2] Logano became the youngest winner in 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.[3] 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. In 2015, he became the second-youngest Daytona 500 winner behind Trevor Bayne.

Racing career[edit]

Early racing career[edit]

Logano was born in Middletown, Connecticut, the son of Deborah (Bidduk) and Thomas J. Logano.[4][5][6] His father is of Italian ancestry.[7] 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.[8]

Veteran Nextel Cup Series driver Mark Martin, who was driving for Jack Roush (Roush Fenway Racing) at the time, called Logano "the real deal";[9] 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."[10] Logano was also nicknamed "sliced bread" (as in the greatest thing since) by two-time Busch Series champion Randy LaJoie.[11]

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.[9] 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 No. 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.

Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series[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.[12]

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[13] 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 No. 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.[14] 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 No. 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.

Logano started his 2015 Xfinity Series schedule at Atlanta by winning the pole and finishing 2nd. In his 2nd race of the season Logano finally returned to victory lane in the Xfinity Series at Phoenix International Raceway on March 14, 2015. He won from the pole and led 176 of 200 laps. He also scored his 2nd career perfect driver rating by dominating the race. On April 18, 2015 Logano led every lap of the Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 at Bristol after starting 2nd. As a result, he scored his 2nd Bristol win in the series and 3rd career perfect driver rating.

On March 28, 2015, Logano driving for Brad Keselowski Racing started on Pole, led 150 of the 258 laps, and easily won his first Camping World Truck Series race in the Kroger 250 at Martinsville. He became the 26th different driver to win in all three major series, the first since his teammate and truck owner Brad Keselowski did it when he won the UNOH 200 Truck race at Bristol in August 2014. His first pole and win in the series came in his 7th career start. The 2016 Xfinity Series started well for Logano with a close second to Chase Elliot in the season opener at Daytona. In the coming races however the Penske 22 car lacked the speed it had done in previous years with Logano only able to take 9th at Bristol and 7th at Dover. In between these two races Logano had been in contention for a victory at Talladega up until a last lap crash relegating him to 27th position. Charlotte, Pocono and Michigan saw finishes of 3rd, 5th and 6th respectively. Logano would have to wait till Watkins Glen claim his first win of the season driving a secondary Penske entry the number 12 at Watkins Glen, the majority of the race was a hard fought contest between Logano and Keselowski who would eventually encounter issues and retire allowing Logano to collect his 26th career win. Chicagoland saw Logano struggle again with lack of speed driving the 22 to a 7th-place finish. Back in the number 12 Logano would take his 27th career win in the Drive for Cure 300 at Charlotte stealing the race win from a dominant Kyle Larson, this would be his second and final win of the year. His Xfinity Series campaign ended with a solid 4th at Kansas, unable to take the flagship 22 car to victory lane in 2016.

Monster Energy Cup Series[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 No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry in the 2009 Sprint Cup Series.[15] 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 No. 02 Home Depot car at Richmond,[15] but failed to qualify for the event.

On August 28, Hall of Fame Racing announced that Logano would drive five races in their No. 96 car during the 2008 Sprint Cup Series.[16] His official debut was at New Hampshire on September 14; by starting that race, he became the first NASCAR driver born in the 1990s to run a Cup series event. On September 5, 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, but those records will stand due to age requirements).

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.[17] 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.[18]

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 No. 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.[19] 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 5 and 11 other Top 10 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 in 2013, following an announcement that Matt Kenseth would drive the No. 20 Toyota.[20]

Logano moved to the No. 22 Shell / Pennzoil Ford for Penske, finishing 17th at Bristol after losing control after contact with Denny Hamlin. Late in the race, it would appear that Logano passed Hamlin on the track, but both had issues and Hamlin finished 23rd; Logano claimed that his former teammate intentionally wrecked him.[21]

The next week, at Auto Club Speedway, Logano had his breakout race, leading 41 laps. The final laps saw an intense dogfight between him 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.[22] 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, who responded by throwing a water bottle at him.[23] Logano was scored in 3rd place.

Just before the start of the NRA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, both Penske Racing cars driven by 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 5th-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,[24] 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.[25]

Meanwhile, on the track after Logano's 5th-place finish at Texas, he had a low weekend at Kansas when he collided with a spinning Kyle Busch on lap 105, destroying the front ends of both cars and ending their days. This would relegate him 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 racing at 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 — 8th at Indianapolis, and then 7th at both 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.[26] He later went on to win the Pure Michigan 400, making it his first win with Penske Racing.[27] Thanks to that win, and two more Top 5s at both 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, he 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 in GEICO 400 at Chicagoland with a new track qualifying speed record of 189.414 mph.[28] 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 3rd-place finish at Dover and fourth at Kansas. This was followed by three Top 20 finishes — 18th at Charlotte, 16th at Talladega, and 14th at Martinsville. He finished out the season with three straight Top 10 finishes — 3rd at Texas, 9th at Phoenix, and 8th at Homestead-Miami, leading him to a career-best 8th-place finish in the final points.

2014[edit]

Logano started with an 11th-place finish in the 2014 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 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. The victory marked 2014 as Logano's first season with multiple career victories.

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

At Loudon, Logano was running second to Keselowski when he was involved in an accident with the lap-down car of Morgan Shepherd. 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.

Logano took his third win of the season at Bristol in the Irwin Tools Night Race. Keselowski finished second in the same race, making this Team Penske's second 1–2 finish in its history, the other coming in the 2008 Daytona 500.

Logano started the Chase seeded 5th. He finished in fourth place in the Challenger Round opener at Chicagoland Speedway moving him to 3rd in points.

Logano would go on to win at New Hampshire, locking him into the Contender Round. He took four tires on lap 247, while the other front-runners ran on older tires, giving Logano the advantage. Remarkably, he was able to move from 16th to 2nd in 11 laps. He took the lead with 27 to go and won the race after a green-white-checkered finish. The win moved him to 2nd in points – one point behind Keselowski. This win marked Penske's 3rd win in a row and 4th in 5 races.

On September 25, 2014, it was announced that Logano had signed a multi-year contract extension with Team Penske. This extension came a full season before his contract was due to expire at the end of the 2015 season. The contract extends Logano's tenure with Team Penske to at-least 2018.

At Dover, Logano would finish 4th, making him the only driver to finish Top 5 in all three races of the contender round. He would finish the round second in points.

Logano started the Contender Round by winning at Kansas. This gave him the lead in the point standings for the first time in his career. With the win, he was the first driver to advance to the Eliminator Round in the chase for the Sprint Cup. Logano followed this up with a fourth-place finish at Charlotte. This was his fifth straight top-five finish, making him the first driver to start the Chase with five straight top 5 finishes, beating the previous record of four set by Juan Pablo Montoya in 2009.

At Talladega, Logano finished 11th after helping Keselowski get to the front on the final restart. Keselowski was in need of a win in order to advance to the next round of the Chase and was able to achieve that in part thanks to Logano.

Logano entered the Eliminator Round as the points leader, beginning with a fifth-place finish at Martinsville. At Texas, he fought back from pit road tire issues that led to a spin-out and finished 12th. Going into the final race of the Eliminator round, Logano was tied for 1st in points with a 13-point advantage over the final transfer spot. He would finish 6th at Phoenix, easily advancing to the Championship round alongside Denny Hamlin, Ryan Newman, and Kevin Harvick.

In the final round, he ended up finishing last of the final four drivers. The result was effected by some mistakes made by his pit crew, relegating him to a 16th-place finish.

Logano and his teammate Keselowski were both dominant in the new knockout-style qualifying in 2014. Logano had 1 pole, 8 top-2 starts, and started in the top 10 in 26 of 36 races. He missed the final round of qualifying in only five of the 36 races, a series best. Logano was consistently near the top of most major statistical categories in 2014 including; laps led, average start, average finish, and average driver rating. He was one of only seven drivers that won multiple races in 2014 (the others being Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., series champion Kevin Harvick, and Carl Edwards).

2015[edit]
Logano doing burnouts after winning the Daytona 500.

Logano's season began with an incident with Kevin Harvick during the Sprint Unlimited. Harvick, who questioned a late-race incident with Logano, exchanged heated words with Logano.

The following week Logano held off Harvick to win the Daytona 500. Logano also became the second youngest winner of the Daytona 500 (behind only Trevor Bayne) and also gave team owner Roger Penske his 2nd victory in the race, his first coming with Ryan Newman in 2008.[29] The next week he got the pole at Atlanta Motor Speedway and he finished in 4th place.

At Las Vegas Motor Speedway he qualified 2nd and led early but would ultimately fade to finish 10th after 2 pit road speeding penalties. At Phoenix International Raceway he started on the front row for the 3rd week in a row and led laps early, though he would ultimately finish 8th.

At Auto Club Speedway, Logano started 13th and ran in the Top 5 most of the day, but a controversial late race pit road violation set him back in the field he recovered quickly however to finish 7th. With his finish on the lead lap at Auto Club Logano broke the record for most consecutive finishes on the lead lap with 22 (he would extend the record to 24 races). The previous record was held by Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. with 21 each.

The next week at Martinsville he won his second pole of the season, and during the race, he led the 2nd most laps and would finish 3rd. At Texas, he started 6th, led 19 laps, and finished 4th.

At Bristol, Logano and Keselowski wrecked out early, ending Logano's streak of finishes on the lead lap. At Richmond, Logano won the pole and finished in fifth place. At Talladega, Logano was caught up in a multicar wreck on the back straightaway on lap 47 and finished 33rd. He dropped from 2nd to 4th in points after the race. At Kansas, Logano did much better. He won the pole for the 4th time and once again, finished 5th.

In August, Logano ran out of fuel while leading the final laps at Pocono. At Watkins Glen, Logano started 16th, and went on to win the race, leading only the final lap after Harvick ran out of fuel before entering the final two turns.[30] For Logano, the win also marked a complete sweep of the weekend, having also won the Xfinity race.

Logano celebrates winning the 2015 Irwin Tools Night Race.
Logano in victory lane after winning the Irwin Tools Night Race.

At Michigan, Logano went on to bring home a seventh-place finish in the Pure Michigan 400. At Bristol, he took his third victory of the year with a win in the Irwin Tools Night Race. In the Chase, he swept the Contender Round races by dominating Charlotte, passing Matt Kenseth by purposely spinning him out with 5 laps remaining to win at Kansas and a dramatic win at Talladega that knocked Dale Earnhardt Jr. out of the Chase by 1 position. Also in the process, he became the second driver in 2015 after Kyle Busch to sweep three consecutive races.

The next week at Martinsville, Logano had the dominant car for most of the race. However, Matt Kenseth, in retaliation for Logano purposely spinning him out a couple weeks earlier, deliberately crashed Logano with less than 50 laps to go; an action that was met with mixed emotions from drivers, but the fans erupted with applause. Kenseth was suspended for the next 2 races and placed on probation until December 31.

Logano didn't do well at Texas, cutting a tire and spinning out, as well as damaging the radio chords, winding up 40th.[31] Heading into Phoenix, Logano needed a win in order to advance to the final round. Ultimately, it was denied, as he finished 3rd and was eliminated from the Chase at Phoenix International Raceway after a controversial finish where Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the race thanks to a storm in the area.[32] Logano went on to finish 4th at the season finale, and finished 6th in the final standings.

2016[edit]

In 2016, Logano had a rocky start compared to 2015. Logano won his third straight pole at Martinsville, however, he would struggle throughout the race before finishing 11th. At Kansas and Talladega, Logano went back to back with DNFs from crashes. Logano won his first Sprint Cup All-Star Race after making a pass on Kyle Larson with two laps remaining. He won the Firekeepers Casino 400 from the pole in June 2016, the second time he won from the pole at Michigan. This was followed by a third-place finish at Sonoma and fourth place at Daytona.

At Kentucky, Logano had an early exit on lap 54 after cutting a right front tire, finishing 39th. Logano bounced back with a third-place finish at New Hampshire and a seventh-place finish at Indianapolis.

At Pocono, while on lap 115, Logano was racing Ryan Newman to his outside and Denny Hamlin to his inside when Chase Elliott got to his inside, got loose, got into Logano and sent both of them into the wall. Logano finished 37th. Following this, Logano went on a seven race stretch with a worst finish of 11th place: second place at Watkins Glen, 10th place at Bristol and Michigan, 5th place at Darlington, tenth place at Richmond, second place in Chicagoland, 11th in New Hampshire, and 5th place at Dover.

Logano's 2016 Homestead car being prepared inside Team Penske's Mooresville, NC Race Shop.

At Charlotte, the opening race in the Round of 12, Logano's day ended early with a series of tire blowouts, leaving him with a 36th-place finish. This was followed by a third-place finish at Kansas. At Talladega, Logano was penalized early when his car left pit road dragging the jack during the first round of green flag pit stops, but went on to win the race in overtime and clinched a spot in the Round of 8. The win marked the third straight restrictor plate victory for Team Penske, after Keselowski's earlier victories at Talladega and Daytona. A win at Phoenix guaranteed Logano a place in the final 4 at Homestead.

Logano led 45 laps at Homestead and had a significant chance to win his first Cup series championship. With 10 laps left, Logano moved under leader Carl Edwards and wrecked Edwards on the restart. After a 30-minute red flag, Logano's car was too damaged to contend any further and Logano finished the race in 4th place, finishing second in the standings to Jimmie Johnson.

2017[edit]

Logano's 2017 season started with a sixth place finish in the 2017 Daytona 500. In the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas, Logano collided with Kyle Busch as the two battled for a top-five finish on the final lap. The contact spun Busch out and onto pit road;[33] Logano finished fourth, while Busch dropped to 22nd.[34] After the race, Busch confronted Logano on pit road, shoving him as their pit crews became involved. Busch suffered a bloody forehead in the ensuing brawl,[33] though neither driver was penalized for the fight.[35] In an ironic twist at the following week's race in Phoenix, Logano's tire blew with five laps to go to bring out the caution as Busch was in contention to win. As a result, Ryan Newman stayed out for the final restart and went on to win.[36] At Richmond, Logano made his 300th cup start. Despite qualifying 5th, he would start from the 37th spot due to a transmission change. Logano would slowly work his way to the front, before winning his second career race at Richmond. Logano became the 6th driver to win in his 300th start.[37] However, Logano's car was discovered to have a rear suspension issue, forcing NASCAR to declare his victory an "encumbered" win; as a result, while his win was not stripped, it did not allow him to lock a spot into the playoffs.[38]

At Kansas on May 13, Logano had a rough race that saw him fall from second on the start to mid-pack. Logano battled setbacks such as a speeding penalty, and a cut tire which caused him to stay mid-pack for the rest of his race. Logano was charging towards the top ten, when his car's brakes broke, causing him to crash Danica Patrick and cause a fiery accident. The accident led to Aric Almirola being injured and airlifted to a local hospital for evaluation. Logano was visibly shaken following the wreck in a post-race interview.

After a series of bad races, Logano missed the playoffs by one spot, after having finished 2nd at Richmond. This is the first time Logano missed the playoffs since his last year with Joe Gibbs Racing in 2012. Due to his encumbered win, Logano's chance at a championship ended with his runner-up finish. Ironically, the driver that benefited off of Logano's misfortune was Matt Kenseth, who barely made the playoffs by only a few points over Logano, keeping Logano out of the playoffs, reminiscent of their 2015-2016 feud.

Other media appearances[edit]

In 2009, Logano co-hosted an episode of WWE Raw with Kyle Busch.[39]

Logano appeared in Cartoon Network's Destroy Build Destroy in the episode "NASCAR Pile-Up Logano vs. Edwards".[40] 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.[41]

Also in 2011, Logano appeared on Man v. Food Nation taking on the Atomic Challenge at Sticky Lips BBQ in Rochester, New York. He lost the challenge.[42]

Logano, along with Trevor Bayne, had a short appearance during a live portion of American Idol during its 2011 season.[43][44]

In 2013, Logano guest-starred on a season two episode of Disney XD's Lab Rats.[45]

Logano, along with Penske teammate Brad Keselowski, appeared in the movie Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!.[46]

Logano appeared on 60 Minutes alongside a Wish Child who wanted to meet him, Gavin Grubbs, in October 2015. The two speak about the Make-A-Wish Foundation's granting of Gavin's wish.[47] The segment aired on CBS on Sunday, October 18, 2015.

In 2016, Logano was a Fox NASCAR guest analyst for the Xfinity Series races at Phoenix and Richmond. A year later, Logano was a color commentator for the Fox broadcast of the Xfinity race at Pocono. Part of a Cup drivers-only coverage, he worked alongside Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer in the broadcast booth.[48]

Logano also appeared on an episode of American reality television series Pawn Stars where he inspected a Mustang GT alongside with Rick Harrison.

Logano had a cameo appearance as a security guard in the 2017 film Logan Lucky.[49]

Personal life[edit]

On November 13, 2013, Logano announced his engagement to childhood sweetheart Brittany Baca. He announced, via Twitter, that their wedding date was set for December 2014, during the NASCAR off-season.[50] Logano and Baca were married on December 13, 2014.[51] It was announced after the 2017 FireKeepers Casino 400 that they are expecting their first child on January 11, 2018.

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led. ** – All laps led.)

Monster Energy Cup Series[edit]

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 MENCC Pts
2008 Joe Gibbs Racing 02 Toyota DAY CAL LVS ATL BRI MAR TEX PHO TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV POC MCH SON NHA DAY CHI IND POC GLN MCH BRI CAL RCH
DNQ
ATL
DNQ
TEX
40
PHO HOM 64th 113
Hall of Fame Racing 96 Toyota NHA
32
DOV KAN
39
TAL CLT MAR
2009 Joe Gibbs Racing 20 Toyota DAY
43
CAL
26
LVS
13
ATL
30
BRI
38
MAR
32
TEX
30
PHO
21
TAL
9
RCH
19
DAR
9
CLT
9
DOV
15
POC
23
MCH
25
SON
19
NHA
1
DAY
19
CHI
18
IND
12
POC
27
GLN
16
MCH
7
BRI
34
ATL
22
RCH
14
NHA
21
DOV
42
KAN
28
CAL
14
CLT
5
MAR
12
TAL
3
TEX
19
PHO
21
HOM
24
20th 3791
2010 DAY
20
CAL
5
LVS
6
ATL
35
BRI
27
MAR
2
PHO
10
TEX
28
TAL
36
RCH
16
DAR
27
DOV
10
CLT
13
POC
13
MCH
10
SON
33
NHA
9
DAY
29
CHI
19
IND
9
POC
25
GLN
33
MCH
10
BRI
18
ATL
27
RCH
4
NHA
35
DOV
3
KAN
17
CAL
11
CLT
7
MAR
6
TAL
5
TEX
4
PHO
3
HOM
39
16th 4185
2011 DAY
23
PHO
33
LVS
23
BRI
23
CAL
25
MAR
13
TEX
24
TAL
10
RCH
11
DAR
35
DOV
27
CLT
3
KAN
23
POC
11
MCH
18
SON
6
DAY
3
KEN
14
NHA
4
IND
25
POC
26
GLN
5
MCH
21
BRI
13
ATL
24
RCH
35
CHI
16
NHA
14
DOV
29
KAN
29
CLT
12
TAL
24
MAR
18
TEX
37
PHO
11
HOM
19
24th 902
2012 DAY
9
PHO
10
LVS
16
BRI
16
CAL
24
MAR
23
TEX
19
KAN
15
RCH
24
TAL
26
DAR
10
CLT
23
DOV
8
POC
1*
MCH
35
SON
10
KEN
22
DAY
4
NHA
14
IND
33
POC
13
GLN
32
MCH
31
BRI
8
ATL
18
RCH
30
CHI
7
NHA
8
DOV
10
TAL
32
CLT
9
KAN
19
MAR
16
TEX
11
PHO
27
HOM
14
17th 965
2013 Penske Racing 22 Ford DAY
19
PHO
26
LVS
12
BRI
17
CAL
3
MAR
23
TEX
5
KAN
39
RCH
3
TAL
35
DAR
22
CLT
5
DOV
7
POC
10
MCH
9
SON
11
KEN
4
DAY
40
NHA
40
IND
8
POC
7
GLN
7
MCH
1*
BRI
5
ATL
2*
RCH
22
CHI
37
NHA
14
DOV
3
KAN
4
CLT
18
TAL
16
MAR
14
TEX
3
PHO
9
HOM
8
8th 2323
2014 Team Penske DAY
11
PHO
4
LVS
4
BRI
20
CAL
39
MAR
4
TEX
1*
DAR
35
RCH
1
TAL
32
KAN
4
CLT
12
DOV
8
POC
40
MCH
10
SON
16
KEN
9
DAY
17
NHA
40
IND
5
POC
3
GLN
6
MCH
3*
BRI
1
ATL
14
RCH
6
CHI
4
NHA
1
DOV
4
KAN
1*
CLT
4
TAL
11
MAR
5
TEX
12
PHO
6
HOM
16
4th 5028
2015 DAY
1
ATL
4
LVS
10
PHO
8
CAL
7
MAR
3
TEX
4
BRI
40
RCH
5
TAL
33
KAN
5
CLT
13
DOV
11
POC
4
MCH
5
SON
5
DAY
22
KEN
2
NHA
4
IND
2
POC
20*
GLN
1
MCH
7
BRI
1
DAR
4
RCH
3
CHI
6
NHA
3
DOV
10
CLT
1*
KAN
1
TAL
1
MAR
37*
TEX
40
PHO
3
HOM
4
6th 2360
2016 DAY
6
ATL
12
LVS
2
PHO
18
CAL
4
MAR
11
TEX
3
BRI
10
RCH
8
TAL
25
KAN
38
DOV
22
CLT
9
POC
5
MCH
1*
SON
3
DAY
4
KEN
39
NHA
3
IND
7
POC
37*
GLN
2
BRI
10
MCH
10
DAR
5
RCH
10
CHI
2
NHA
11
DOV
6
CLT
36
KAN
3
TAL
1
MAR
9
TEX
2*
PHO
1
HOM
4
2nd 5037
2017 DAY
6
ATL
6
LVS
4
PHO
31
CAL
5
MAR
4
TEX
3
BRI
5
RCH
1
TAL
32
KAN
37
CLT
21
DOV
25
POC
23
MCH
3
SON
12
DAY
35
KEN
8
NHA
37
IND
4
POC
27
GLN
24
MCH
28
BRI
13
DAR
18
RCH
2
CHI
7
NHA
10
DOV
15
CLT
26
TAL
4*
KAN
21
MAR
24
TEX
7
PHO
12
HOM
6
-* -*
- Victory Encumbered
Daytona 500[edit]
Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish
2009 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 9 43
2010 16 20
2011 38 23
2012 12 9
2013 Penske Racing Ford 21 19
2014 Team Penske 35 11
2015 5 1
2016 5 6
2017 15 6

Xfinity Series[edit]

NASCAR Xfinity Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 NXSC Pts
2008 Joe Gibbs Racing 20 Toyota DAY CAL LVS ATL BRI NSH TEX PHO MXC TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV
6
NSH
31
KEN
1*
MLW
2
NHA DAY CHI GTY
2
IRP
8
CGV
17
GLN
7
BRI
16
CAL
6
RCH
7
DOV
14
KAN
9
CLT
14
MEM
5
TEX
4
PHO
10
HOM
10
20th 2555
18 MCH
7
2009 20 DAY
20
CAL
3
LVS BRI
9
TEX
12
NSH
1*
PHO
4
TAL
3
RCH
6
DAR
12
CLT
5
DOV
2
NSH KEN
1
MLW NHA
2*
DAY
4
CHI
1*
GTY IRP IOW GLN
33
MCH BRI CGV ATL
6
RCH DOV KAN
1
CAL
1
CLT
14
MEM TEX
24
PHO HOM
4
14th 3371
2010 DAY
7
CAL
5*
LVS BRI
14
NSH
8*
PHO
10
TEX
2
TAL
2
RCH
6
DAR DOV CLT
3
NSH KEN
1*
ROA NHA
4
DAY
2
CHI
2
GTY IRP IOW GLN
2
MCH
6
BRI
10
CGV
6
ATL
6
RCH DOV
2
KAN
1
CAL
5
CLT
4
GTY TEX
4
PHO
3
HOM
7
8th 4038
2011 DAY
12
PHO
6
LVS BRI
5
CAL
7
TEX
4
TAL
2
NSH
4
RCH DAR DOV
13
IOW CLT
11
CHI MCH
6
ROA DAY
1
KEN
10
NHA
29
NSH IRP IOW GLN
3
CGV BRI
2
ATL RCH CLT
19
TEX
8
HOM
10
92nd 01
18 CHI
19
DOV
13
KAN
7
PHO
4
2012 20 DAY
16
PHO
8
LVS TEX
15
RCH
18
DAR
1
IOW CLT
6
IND
7
IOW CLT
1*
TEX
10
99th 01
18 BRI
4*
CAL
1*
TAL
1
DOV
1*
MCH
1
ROA KEN DAY
5
NHA CHI GLN
22
CGV BRI
1
ATL RCH CHI
9*
KEN DOV
1*
KAN
3
PHO
1*
HOM
16
2013 Penske Racing 22 Ford DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL TEX RCH TAL
2*
DAR
4
CLT
3
DOV
1
IOW MCH
11
ROA KEN DAY
9
NHA
11
CHI
1
IND
3
IOW ATL
6
RCH CHI
2
KEN DOV
1*
KAN CLT
7
TEX PHO HOM
6
91st 01
48 GLN
21
MOH BRI
2014 Team Penske 22 DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL
4*
TEX DAR
5
RCH TAL IOW CLT DOV
3
MCH
16
ROA KEN DAY
6
NHA CHI IND
5
IOW ATL
2
RCH CHI KEN DOV
2
KAN CLT TEX
2
PHO
HOM
86th 01
12 GLN
3
MOH BRI
2015 22 DAY ATL
2
LVS PHO
1*
CAL TEX BRI
1**
RCH
2
TAL
1*
IOW CLT DOV MCH
7*
CHI DAY
14
KEN NHA IND IOW DAR
6
RCH
4
CHI KEN DOV CLT KAN
3
TEX PHO HOM 82nd 01
12 GLN
1
MOH BRI ROA
2016 22 DAY
2*
ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI
9
RCH TAL
27
DOV
7
CLT
3
POC
5
MCH
6
IOW DAY
4*
KEN NHA IND
8
IOW CHI
7
KEN DOV
QL
KAN
4
TEX PHO HOM 88th 01
12 GLN
1*
MOH BRI ROA DAR RCH CLT
1
2017 DAY ATL LVS
1*
PHO TEX
34
BRI RCH GLN
2
MOH -* 01*
22 CAL
2*
TAL
3
CLT DOV POC MCH IOW DAY
8
KEN
6
NHA IND
3
IOW BRI
9
ROA DAR
2
RCH CHI KEN DOV CLT KAN TEX PHO HOM
– Qualified but replaced by Ryan Blaney

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 NCWTC Pts
2008 HT Motorsports 59 Toyota DAY CAL ATL MAR KAN CLT MFD DOV TEX MCH MLW MEM KEN IRP NSH BRI GTY NHA LVS TAL
26
MAR ATL TEX PHO HOM 91st 85
2013 Brad Keselowski Racing 19 Ford DAY MAR CAR
2
KAN
24
CLT DOV TEX KEN IOW ELD POC MCH
4
BRI MSP IOW CHI LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM 88th 01
2014 DAY MAR KAN
3
CLT DOV TEX GTY KEN IOW ELD POC MCH
18
BRI MSP CHI NHA LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM 92nd 01
2015 29 DAY ATL MAR
1*
KAN CLT DOV TEX GTW IOW KEN ELD POC MCH BRI MSP CHI NHA LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM 83rd 01

Busch East Series[edit]

NASCAR Busch East Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 NBEC Pts Ref
2007 Joe Gibbs Racing 20 Chevy GRE
1*
SBO
3
STA
11
NHA
1*
TMP
5
MCM
2
ADI
1
LRP
23
MFD
3
NHA
1*
DOV
2*
1st 2123 [52]
10 ELK
13
IOW
1

K&N Pro Series West[edit]

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Pos. Pts Ref
2007 Joe Gibbs Racing 10 Chevy CTS PHO
1*
AMP ELK IOW CNS SON
32
DCS IRW MMP EVG CSR AMP 38th 262 [53]
2009 Joe Gibbs Racing 11 Toyota CTS AAS PHO MAD IOW DCS SON
17
IRW PIR MMP CNS IOW AAS 57th 122 [54]
2011 Joe Gibbs Racing 18 Toyota PHO AAS MMP IOW LVS SON
1*
IRW EVG PIR CNS MRP SRP AAS PHO 60th 190 [55]

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

ARCA Re/Max Series[edit]

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

ARCA Re/Max Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 ARSC Pts
2008 Venturini Motorsports 25 Chevy DAY SLM IOW KEN CAR
1*
KEN TOL POC MCH CAY KEN BLN POC NSH ISF DSF CHI SLM NJE 56th 475
15 TAL
2
TOL
2009 25 Toyota DAY
2
SLM CAR TAL KEN TOL POC
1*
MCH MFD IOW KEN BLN POC ISF CHI TOL DSF NJE SLM KAN CAR 64th 460

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Mike Olsen
NASCAR Busch East Series champion
2007
Succeeded by
Matt Kobyluck
Achievements
Preceded by
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Daytona 500 Winner
2015
Succeeded by
Denny Hamlin
Preceded by
Denny Hamlin
NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race winner
2016
Succeeded by
Kyle Busch
Awards
Preceded by
Regan Smith
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year
2009
Succeeded by
Kevin Conway