Tag:Joey Logano
Posted on: November 8, 2008 5:25 pm

Sliced Bread Not Toast

The rumor mill is chugging in overdirve out in the Valley of the Sun with Joey Logano now on center stage.

Stories have surfaced that the young phenom may not be handed the keys to Joe Gibbs Racing's No. 20 Toyota to replace Tony Stewart next year with management at JGR getting cold feet over Logano's development.

Supposedly Gibbs is targeting Martin Truex, Jr., who is under contract for 2009 with the depeleted DEI operation, and Kurt Busch, limping through a dismal season with Penske Racing.

None of these scenarios will come true.

True, Logano's seasoning has taken a bit longer than some had anticipated but with three straight qualifying rainouts in the last five weeks, he was robbed of getting any quality Cup seat time.

Since coming into NASCAR full-time back in May, Logano has a Nationwide Series win and some solid runs in the sanctioning body's number two series.

He was thrown into the JGR Cup plan in a rush when Stewart bolted for his own team in 2009. It's a bit unfair to expect the kid to be competitive in the top stock car series around with precious few laps under his belt.

But make no mistake, Gibbs isn't about to bail on Logano and I fully expect him to be in the 20 rise full-time next season with growing pains galore.

It will be worth the wait.

But the situation does bring to the forefront the "what have you done fo rme lately?" mentality in NASCAR, especially in these tough economic times. Sponsors want an immediate return on their investments, which is an unreasonable demand most of the time given the competitive world of NASCAR. And it's especially unfair in the case of a young talent like Logano to expect success at the snap of a finger.

Logano's future is bright but getting there won't be as easy as switching on a lightbulb.


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Posted on: September 13, 2008 4:36 pm

"Sliced Bread" Not Toast

The decision to put phenom Joey Logano in the Hall of Fame Racing No. 96 Toyota this week proved to be a stroke of genius - and luck.

The Joe Gibbs Racing driver was to make his Sprint Cup debut last weekend in Richmond. But when rain washed out qualifying and the field set by points, Logano - who was entered in a fourth JGR No. 02 Camry - was left high and dry and out of the field with no points to fall back on.

Had the same plan been in effect this weekend in New Hampshire, it was have resulted in the same scenario. Friday's qualifying wash out again set the field by points.

But because Logano was in the No. 96 - HOF's entry - he was able to make the show since that car was in the Top 35 in points and eligible for the race.

Never mind that the car was really the same No. 02 Logano was to debut in at Richmond last week with a HOF No. 96 paint scheme.

We’ve got most of the same guys, we have some of the Hall of Fame guys here, too," Logano said Friday. "Between all of them, I think we are pretty good this weekend.”

After making a successful venture into the Nationwide Series earlier this year, Logano's Cup career track was put on overdrive in the wake of Tony Stewart's departure from JGR next season.

He'll now run for Rookie of the Year honors in 2009 and is ready for the challenge.

"My nerves are fine, actually, believe it or not," Logano said. "It’s kind of second nature. I was more nervous going into the Nationwide Series than I am the Cup series I think because the Nationwide Series was more unknown to me. Here I feel like I more know what I am getting myself into. I’ve tested these cars a lot and I’ve raced against a lot of these guys in the Nationwide Series. Between that I feel more comfortable coming up here, but we’ll have to see.”

Thanks to some creative paper shuffling, he'll get his chance to see this weekend.

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Posted on: August 12, 2008 2:03 pm

Logano Cup Debut Set

Joe Gibbs Racing plans to enter Nationwide Series driver Joey Logano in his first Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway with an additional six more events possible in 2008.

The "Sirius Speedway" radio program has learned from a source close to the Gibbs camp that Logano will get his first opportunity to pilot a Cup car when NASCAR returns to Richmond in September.

The Toyota will carry Gatorade sponsorship and the starts will prepare Logano for a full run at Raybestos Rookie of the Year honors in 2009.

The source also reports Logano will pilot a Venturini Motorsports entry in the upcoming ARCA RE/MAX Series event at Talladega Superspeedway in October.
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