|May, 24, 1990||6'1"||Shell-Pennzoil/AAA(Cup)
Discount Tire/Hertz/Snap-on (NNS)
|Middletown, CT||140 lbs||Ford Fusion (Cup)
Ford Mustang (NNS)
|Huntersville, NC||Todd Gordon|
In 2014, after six previous seasons competing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Joey Logano went from tough competitor and occasional winner to legitimate championship contender and a weekly front runner that other teams had to deal with and account for. The landmark year left the 24-year-old Logano wishing the 2015 season would begin as soon as possible, in hopes of carrying the momentum that nearly saw the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil/AAA/Autotrader.com Ford Fusion claim the Championship for Team Penske.
As last season began, Logano and crew chief Todd Gordon set out on building on a productive 2013 campaign and that success came early. Logano won his first race of 2014 just seven races into the season when he passed Jeff Gordon during an exciting green-white-checkered flag finish at Texas Motor Speedway. Then, just two weeks later, Logano won again, marking the first time in his career that he'd won multiple races in the same season and virtually locking himself into the 2014 Chase for the Sprint Cup. The winning wasn't over, however, as Logano picked up another victory in the night race at Bristol Motor Speedway, giving him three race wins entering the Chase and the role of a dark horse favorite to win the title.
As the new elimination format of the Chase began, Logano reeled off two victories and five-straight top-five finishes, the first time in the history of the Chase that one driver has started with five consecutive top fives. Logano advanced through each of the first three rounds of the Chase, putting the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford in position to be one of four teams with a chance to win the championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway. And though Logano raced up front through much of the championship event, a late-race pit stop issue cost the team track position and Logano had to settle for a fourth-place finish in the final championship standings.
Despite the heartbreak in Homestead, Logano finished the year with career best production across the board, including five wins, 16 top-five finishes, 22 top-10 results, 993 laps led and the best average start (9.8) and average finish (11.3) numbers of his career.
For all his success in the Sprint Cup Series, Logano was not able to produce a win in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) for the first time in his career. However, despite the end of his personal series winning streak, Logano's NXS season was still a success, as he earned three poles, eight top-five and nine top-10 finishes in just 10 starts behind the wheel of the No. 22 Discount Tire/Hertz Ford Mustang. His finishes, added to those of his teammates, helped the No. 22 team win its second-consecutive Xfinity Series Owners' Championship. And for Logano, it was the fourth Owners' Championship of his NASCAR career (2008, 2012, 2013, 2014).
Logano's road to NASCAR began when he was just six years old and he started competing in Quarter Midgets throughout the Northeast. He captured his first championship at the age of seven in the 1997 Eastern Grand National Championship in the Junior Stock Car Quarter Midget division. As he continued through the Quarter Midget ranks, he followed up his first title with Eastern Grand National Championships in 1998 and 1999.
Logano began racing Bandoleros in 1999 and quickly became the National Bandolero Bandits Champion. That same year he was also the youngest driver to compete in a Legends car when he made a start as a nine year-old racer. The following year he captured the Bandolero division championships at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.
After winning the Bandolero titles, Logano moved on to Legends cars full time. He set a track record with 14-consecutive wins at Atlanta Motor Speedway at just 12 years old (a record that still stands today) and won the Young Lions National Championship in 2002. Logano also won the Pro National Championship that year, making him the youngest Pro Division Champion in Legends history. Logano then transitioned into Late Models, racing with the Georgia Asphalt Series and Southern All-Star Series while also making headlines by competing in the American Speed Association (ASA) National Tour, one of the most prestigious short track series in existence. In 2004 he competed in the ASA Late Model Series, where he earned five top-five and eight top-10 finishes.
In 2005, Logano took the next major step in his path to NASCAR when he was signed as a development driver by Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR). As part of that development program, Logano made his debut just after his 15th birthday when he started competing in the USAR Hooter's Pro Cup Series. He earned his first Pro Cup Series victory at Mansfield (Ohio) Motorsports Park in just his second start and tallied one win, six top-five and seven top-10 finishes in 14 starts that year. His incredible opening season prompted NASCAR veteran Mark Martin to call Logano the “real deal” at just 15 years of age. Logano followed up his successful first season by winning two additional races in the 2007 Pro Cup Series season.
Logano continued his ascent as a NASCAR driver in 2007 when he made his debut in the NASCAR West Series and visited Victory Lane in his first NASCAR-sanctioned race at Phoenix International Raceway. He also won the NASCAR Camping World East Series season-opening race en route to the NASCAR East Series Championship and Rookie of the Year titles with five wins, two poles, 10 top-five and 10 top-10 finishes in just 14 starts. Logano is also a two-time winner of the NASCAR All-Star Showdown, formerly held every year at Irwindale (Cal.) Speedway.
Having to wait to until he turned 18 due to the rules, Logano made his long anticipated NASCAR Xfinity Series debut just a few days after his birthday at Dover International Speedway. He quickly found success when he secured his first pole in just his second-career start at Nashville Superspeedway and then became the youngest winner in Xfinity Series history when he won from the pole at Kentucky Speedway in his third start, just three weeks after his 18th birthday. He raced in a total of 19 Xfinity Series events that season and earned one win, three poles and 14 top-10 finishes.
Logano made his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September of 2008 and made additional Cup Series starts at Kansas Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway.
In his first full Sprint Cup Series season in 2009, Logano recorded his first career series victory when he took the checkered flag at Loudon. He went on to secure three top-five and seven top-10 finishes. With his early success on the track, Logano earned the distinctions of being both the youngest Sprint Cup Series winner and pole winner at 19-years-old and the youngest Cup Series Rookie of the Year in the 55-year history of the award. Over his first four seasons in the Sprint Cup Series prior to joining Team Penske, Logano earned two victories with his second coming in a duel with childhood idol Martin at Pocono Raceway.
Throughout the years, Logano has continued to be a dominant force in the Xfinity Series as well, including a record-setting 2012 season that saw the Middletown, Conn. native lead all Xfinity Series drivers with nine wins, six poles and 1,065 laps led while competing in just 22 of 33 races. Since joining the Xfinity Series in 2008, Logano has earned 21 wins, 26 poles (which ranks fifth on the all-time list), 69 top-five and 107 top-10 finishes in just 135 career starts.
After joining Team Penske after the 2012 season, Logano was an instant fit with the organization. He enjoyed a strong first season with the team in 2013 as he finished eighth in the Sprint Cup Series point standings after qualifying for his first-ever Chase or the Sprint Cup, Logano won at Michigan International Speedway, earned two pole positions and claimed 11 top-five finishes, 19 top-10 results led 15 races and 323 laps while producing an average finishing position of 14.1. In addition to his Sprint Cup Series success, Logano produced three wins in just 15 NASCAR Xfinity Series starts as he helped the No. 22 Discount Tire/Hertz Ford team secure the Owners' Championship for Roger Penske.
Logano looks to continue to be a force on the track after his breakout 2014 season and he will carry a lot of momentum and confidence into 2015 as the key components are in place to take the next step this season. Gordon returns as crew chief and the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil/AAA/Autotrader.com Ford Fusion team remains mostly the same entering 2015. Logano will also look to break back into the win column in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, as he will once again compete in a limited schedule in the No. 22 Discount Tire/Hertz Ford Mustang with the team trying for its third straight series Owners' title.
Off the track, 2014 also marked a milestone for Logano as he married his long-time girlfriend, Brittany Baca, in December in Ashville, NC. The pair spent their honeymoon in Costa Rica before returning to North Carolina to prepare for the 2015 season.
2014 - In second full-season with Team Penske, has career-best year en route to qualifying for the Chase and the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where he finishes fourth in the Sprint Cup Series standings. Establishes single-season career-high numbers in wins (five), top fives (16), top 10s (22), laps led (993), average starting spot (9.8) and average finishing position (11.3). Claims NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories at Texas Motor Speedway, Richmond International Raceway, Bristol Motor Speedway, New Hamphsire Motor Speedway and Kansas Speedway. Sets a record with five-straight top-five finishes to begin the Chase. Earns eight top-five finishes in 10 NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) starts to help the No. 22 team win its second-straight NXS Owners’ Championship.
2013 - Competes in his first full-season with Team Penske and qualifies for first ever NASCAR Chase, where he finishes a career-best eighth in points. Earns his third-career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory by taking the checkered flag from the pole at Michigan International Speedway in August. Sets career high marks in top-five finishes (11), top-10 results (19), laps led (323), races led (15) and average finish (14.1). Also wins two pole positions (Michigan, Chicagoland). Wins three races in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) en route to helping the No. 22 team win the NNS owner’s championship.
2012 - Wins a combined 10 races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series. Records his second career Sprint Cup victory at Pocono and matches a career high with two pole positions at Pocono and Homestead. Also establishes a career high with 190 laps led. In the Nationwide Series, leads all drivers with nine wins, six poles and 1,065 laps led despite only competing in 22 of 33 races.
2011 - Competes in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series. In the Sprint Cup Series, Logano win the pole at Sonoma and Pocono and earns four top-five and six top-10 finishes. Competing in the Nationwide Series, Logano secures a victory at Daytona and a pole at Nashville on the way to
posting eight top-five and 15 top-10 finishes on the year.
2010 - Starts in all 36 Sprint Cup races with a best finish of runner-up at Martinsville. Wins the pole at Bristol and earns a career high seven top-five and 16 top-10 finishes. Ends the year with seven top-10 results in the final 11 races. Wins two Nationwide Series races at Kentucky and Kansas and leads all drivers with eight poles. Also posts career bests of 15 top-five and 24 top-10 efforts.
2009 - Completes first full season in the Sprint Cup Series and starts all 36 races. Becomes the youngest Sprint Cup winner in history with a victory a tLoudon and follows that up by becoming the youngest winner in the 55-year history of the Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year award. On the year he records top-five results Charlotte, Talladega and Loudon and seven top-10 finishes. Competes in 22 of 35 Nationwide Series races, securing five race victories, four pole positions, 13 top-five and 16 top-10 results.
2008 - Joins the Nationwide Series and competes in limited races in the Sprint Cup Series. Demonstrates his talent instantly by winning the pole in his second Nationwide Series start at Nashville and wins at Kentucky from the pole in just his third race, making him the youngest winner in Nationwide Series history. Also records poles at Richmond and Homestead. In 19 Nationwide Series races earns one win, three poles and 14 top-10 finishes. Makes his Sprint Cup Series debut at Loudon in September with additional Cup Series starts at Kansas and Texas.
2007 - Begins his NASCAR career competing in the NASCAR Camping World West Series. Visits Victory Lane in his first race in the West Series at Phoenix and wins the NASCAR East Series season-opener en route to the NASCAR Camping World Series East Championship and East Series Rookie of the Year honors. Ends the year with five wins, two poles, 10 top-five and 10 top-10 finishes in just 14 starts.
2006-2005 - Competes in the USAR Hooter’s Pro Cup Series. Wins one race with six top-five finishes in 2005 and wins two races with one pole and three top-five finishes in 2006.
2004 - Races in the ASA Late Model Series, earning five top-five and eight top-10 finishes.
2003 - Advances to the Georgia Asphalt Series and Southern All-Star Series while also competing in the American Speed Association National Tour.
2002 - Competes in Legends cars for the full schedule. Sets a track record with 14 consecutive wins at Atlanta Motor Speedway and wins the Young Lions National championship. Also captures the Pro National championship that year to become the youngest Pro division champion in Legends history.
2001-1999 - Begins racing Bandoleros in 1999 and quickly emerges the National Bandoleros Bandits Champion. Becomes the youngest driver to compete in a Legends car at nine years old. The following year captures the Bandoleros division championships at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.
1999-1997 - Starts his racing career with Quarter Midgets racing in the Northeast. Captures his first championship at the age of seven in the 1997 Eastern Grand National Championship in the Junior Stock Car Quarter Midget division. Follows up his first title with Eastern Grand National Championships in 1998 and 1999.
2015 NASCAR Cup Series Season Statistics
|Date||Event||Start||Finish||Points (Behind)||Rank (+/-)|
|2/22/15||Daytona 500||5||1||47 (-5)||1 (--)|
|3/1/15||Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500||1||4||88 (-1)||1 (--)|
|3/8/15||Kobalt Tools 400||2||10||123 (-6)||3 (-2)|
|3/15/15||CampingWorld.com 500||2||8||160 (-5)||2 (+1)|
|3/22/15||Auto Club 400||13||7||197 (-5)||2 (--)|
|3/29/15||STP 500||1||3||239 (-8)||2 (--)|
Current Point Standings: 2
Top 5s: 3
Top 10s: 6
Avg. Start: 4.0
Avg. Finish: 5.5
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