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So much for the demise of Joey Logano

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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8 Responses to “So much for the demise of Joey Logano”

  1. Offkilter Says:
    June 10th, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Good cars make all the difference. I’m happy for him.

    Quote of the race, mark martin ask over the radio in the closing laps; ” how hard ya’ll want me to go for the win?”

    WTH?

  2. Steven Says:
    June 11th, 2012 at 6:19 am

    Little Joey, happy at last. Martin drove his ass off while Joey had the fastest car all weekend. Don’t put him in the hall of fame just yet even though he now has won two races.

  3. Jesse Says:
    June 11th, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Now I know why I shop at Lowes and Menards.

  4. Jason Horton Says:
    June 11th, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Why is there no, aisle 27 and 48 at the home depot?

  5. DJ Says:
    June 11th, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Joey is still young, the kid is only 22. He will be around for awhile but I think we all agree he was brought up too soon. He’s been under huge pressure giving the fact that he took over for Tony Stewart and was expected to win. Was a bad situation that any 20 year old would have struggled in.

    We will see how he does the rest of the year but he drove a great race Sunday and deserved the win.

  6. jay Says:
    June 11th, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    come on, it’s one race, one win. He hasn’t done too much before today. One win didn’t save David Ragan last year. Just when the hype of Logano died down, we’re gonna bring back up after one win? It’s gonna take more than that guys.

  7. DJ Says:
    June 11th, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Nobody is saying it will change everything, but the kid has run decently lately and had solid finishes. It’s up to him to keep that up from here on out though.

  8. Tony Geinzer Says:
    June 11th, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    I have a feeling Joey is employable, but, I would be strectchy over his JGR Stay. I know he is a good role model, but, that’s all peachy to Kurt and Kyle Busch.

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