By admin | June 10, 2012
By Richard Allen
Joey Logano’s future in the Sprint Cup division has been the subject of much speculation in recent weeks and months. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver is in the midst of a so called ‘contract season’ with his deal set to expire at the end of the 2012 season. And considering his lack of production at NASCAR’s top level, many(including this website) had essentially written him out of his current ride.
“I hope this shuts them up,” Logano said during his victory lane interview after winning the Pocono 400 on Sunday. “That’s what I really hope.”
Logano started from the pole position on the newly paved 2.5 mile triangular track and ran near the front of the pack all day, earning the bonus for leading the most laps. But as the race drew toward its conclusion, fuel mileage looked as if it would be a factor in determining the winner.
The #20 JGR crew left their driver on track even when late race cautions offered the opportunity to pit. That strategy put Logano in the lead and with fuel concerns removed from the equation after multiple caution flag laps, the driver did the rest.
On the day’s final restart, Mark Martin jumped to the lead but Logano fought back.
“I was going to be on suicide watch if I gave it away like that,” the winner said after the race of losing the top spot so late. Eventually, the 22 year old driver tracked Martin down and bumped the veteran slightly in turn one. “I didn’t want to get into Mark right there but he got loose.
“It feels good to win one the right way,” Logano added in victory lane in reference to the fact that his only other Sprint Cup win came as a result of staying out under caution and catching a rain shower that ended a race in New Hampshire.
Logano has won four Nationwide Series races this season causing some(including this website) to question if the Saturday Logano would ever show up on Sunday. In Pocono, the Logano who won the Nationwide event in Darlington with an aggressive style showed up on a Sunday.
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