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Was anyone else surprised that Joey Logano won the fan vote?

By admin | May 18, 2009


By Richard Allen

Joey Logano is young and is no doubt fairly tech savvy. So, in his campaign to capture the fan vote and get into the Sprint All Star Challenge he was able to use such new fangled technology as Facebook, twitter and his own web site. Still, was anyone else surprised when ‘Nature Boy’ Ric Flair called his name as the fan choice to move on to the Challenge after he failed to get into the race by other means?

Even with technology at his disposal, the 18 year old Logano has few accomplishments in NASCAR and has had very little time to build up a fan base.

Bill Elliott, as one example, has raced since before Logano was even born and was voted the sport’s most popular driver something like 1,000 times(maybe a slight exaggeration).

Among the other drivers in the running, Robby Gordon has a fairly significant fan following. A.J. Allmendinger has amassed a nice following in a short time and has had his very attractive wife sporting a T-shirt urging folks to vote for her husband. David Reutimann, Jamie McMurray and Brian Vickers have fan clubs and groups of supporters.

I know the Home Depot commercials claim that Logano has 300,000 of that company’s employees behind him but that is only a commercial after all.

I’m not saying that Logano doesn’t have a legitimate legion of fans. Obviously, he does have something going for him because he won the vote(and I’m not claiming any sort of conspiracy either). After all, he has the powerful Joe Gibbs Racing/Home Depot public relations machine behind him.

All I’m saying is that I was surprised when his name was called and I bet I’m not the only one.

Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly column appears in The Mountain Press every Wednesday.

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10 Responses to “Was anyone else surprised that Joey Logano won the fan vote?”

  1. Nascarcruzin Says:
    May 19th, 2009 at 7:57 am

    We were absolutely surprised… wondering if money changed hands.

  2. Garry Says:
    May 19th, 2009 at 7:59 am

    It’s just like MTV back in the 80’s. I know from firsthand experience being there in a telemarketing room paid for by certain music stars, that hundreds of paid employees on a bank of phones call in thousands of times for one particular video. Thus, Madonna would end up every day for a week with the “fan” vote most popular video, et al. Joey Lagono did NOT deserve to be in that race. Home Depot, with NASCAR’s help (Race Day presented by The Home Depot), got him in. On a personal note: He is a hack driver with minimal talent, who got the 20 ride by default. Home Depot, to avoid egg on their face (book), paid handsomely to get him in. Allmendinger, who is running better, and longer? Vickers, who had actually won Cup races? Jamie Mac, who deserves it more? Money talks, B****** walks.

  3. Overra88ted Says:
    May 19th, 2009 at 8:37 am

    Joey Lagono winning the fan vote? B*** $***!

  4. Reggie Says:
    May 19th, 2009 at 9:21 am

    The whole process is a joke. Lagono, should’ve never been in the race period!!!

  5. yankeegranny Says:
    May 19th, 2009 at 10:08 am

    What a farce. Drop the call in fan vote. Let each track print a number on each ticket sold so the purchaser can call in and vote with that number for the driver of their choice. If I have Darlington 23456 as my ticket, I go to the NASCRAP website , select my driver from the list and print my number beside his name, It rewards the “real” fans who support the tracks and gets rid of another farce like this. We can call it the LAGONO SOLUTION.

  6. steven Says:
    May 19th, 2009 at 11:44 am

    alot of people apparently have bought into the joey hype. i too was very surprised.

  7. Nelda Quier Says:
    May 19th, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    There’s no way he won the Fan Vote legitimately. What a travesty. It made a mockery out of the whole Fan Vote idea. I thought “stuffing the ballot box” was only in 3rd World countries.

  8. Pamm from MI Says:
    May 19th, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    I also thought something was VERY fishy about Toast Bread getting into the race. Either some bucks changed hands or a votebot was employed…jmo, of course.

  9. May Says:
    May 21st, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    I think its hilarious that the HOME DEPOT driver won the fan vote at LOWES motor speedway.

    so what if it was rigged…where were you sanctimonious idiots when kyle petty basically said, “vote me in, and coke will donate BIG to VJG camp?”

    he didn’t deserve to be there anymore than joey nor did kenny when he used speed to campaign himself in.

    come on, it wasn’t for points so, who gives a $***?

  10. Kevin Says:
    May 23rd, 2009 at 8:56 am

    First off I’m a Joey fan and saw you guys post. All fans have the right to vote for who they watn.

    Secondly are you telling me the fans who are at the race are the only fans who should get to vote? BULL.

    Thirdly and most importantly the #20 race team, from owner, to crew chief, to pit crew have won championships and many races, so yes they deserve to be in the race, no matter who’s driving the car.

    Also Joey races and finished in 9th and was running higher than that earlier in the race, so he proved he could run with the big boys.

    It’s not like he ran and imbarresed himself, he had a good showing.