While his age should put him in the conversation about NASCAR’s Youth Movement, Joey Logano will be starting his ninth full-time season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series when the green flag is displayed for the 59th annual Daytona 500 on February 26th. The 26-year-old Middletown, CT native will enter the 2017 season on the heels of his runner-up finish in the 2016 series championship and in a familiar place as one of the early-season title favorites for the championship.

Having won more races over the 2014 and 2015 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series seasons than any other driver (11), the 2016 campaign featured more success for Team Penske driver. Logano had a million reasons to celebrate following the 2016 NASCAR All-Star Race as he led a Team Penske one-two finish in the non-points event, marking the first time a team had accomplished a top-two sweep.

The No. 22 Team Penske crew led by crew chief Todd Gordon continued the momentum of the All-Star victory into the summer months, finishing in the top 10 in 12 of the 14 races leading up to the Chase. Logano secured a Chase birth with a victory in the FireKeepers 400 at Michigan International Speedway in June.

When the Chase began at Chicagoland Speedway, Gordon and Logano focused on advancing to the Round of 12 through consistency, posting an average finishing position of 6.3 and scoring two top-10 finishes. Logano and the team found themselves in a hole to start the Chase Round of 12 after a cut tire relegated the No. 22 Ford to a 36th-place finish at Charlotte to open the round. The team rebounded with a third-place effort at Kansas Speedway, but they couldn’t rest easy until Logano took the checkered flag at Talladega Superspeedway for the second year in a row, advancing the team to the Round of Eight for the third straight season.