top of page

Joey Logano


Early life

Logano was born in Middletown, Connecticut, the son of Deborah B. and Thomas J. Logano.[4][5][6] His father is of Italian ancestry.[7] As a child, he also played ice hockey in addition to racing.[4]

Racing career

Early racing career

Logano began his racing career in 1996 as a 6-year-old quarter midget racer living in Connecticut. In 1997, he won his first Eastern Grand National Championship in the Jr. Stock Car Division. He followed it up with a Jr. Honda Division Championship in 1998 and in early 1999 a Lt. Mod. Division Championship. Later in 1999, Logano won three New England Regional Championships in Sr. Stock, Lt. Mod., Lt. B. divisions.

He spent a couple years racing various forms of pavement Late Model racing.[8]

Veteran Nextel Cup Series driver Mark Martin, who was driving for Jack Roush (Roush Fenway Racing) at the time, called Logano "the real deal";[9] when Logano was 15, Martin said "I am high on Joey Logano because I am absolutely, 100-percent positive, without a doubt that he can be one of the greatest that ever raced in NASCAR. I'm positive. There's no doubt in mind."[10] Logano was also nicknamed "sliced bread" (as in the greatest thing since) by two-time Busch Series champion Randy LaJoie.[11]

In 2005, he ran in one FASCAR Pro Truck Series race at the New Smyrna Speedway, started first and finished second. He raced in the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series, competing seven times in the Northern Division, and winning once at Mansfield, two Southern Division races, and five Championship Series races.[9] The following season, he continued racing in the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series. He raced in twelve Southern Division races, winning twice at South Georgia Motorsports Park and USA International Speedway. He ran in one USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series, Northern Division race, and six Championship Series races.

Logano's 2007 Camping World East Series championship racecar

In 2007, a new NASCAR rule allowed drivers aged 16 and up to race in the Grand National Division, allowing Logano to compete in the series. He finished the 2007 Grand National season with 13 starts in Camping World East Series, winning five races, three poles, 10 Top 5's, and 10 Top 10's, and winning the championship with wins at Greenville-Pickens Speedway, Iowa Speedway, two wins at New Hampshire International Speedway, and Adirondack International Speedway. He also has made one NASCAR West Series start at Phoenix International Raceway, where he started second and won in the No. 10 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. On October 20, 2007, Logano won the Toyota All-Star Showdown at Irwindale Speedway, leading 87 laps and held off Peyton Sellers for the win.

On May 4, 2008, Logano won the Carolina 500 during his ARCA RE/MAX Series debut with Venturini Motorsports in racing's return to Rockingham Speedway. Logano also made his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series debut, at Talladega, in the Mountain Dew 250, starting sixth and finishing 26th. Logano attempted to defend his Toyota All-Star Showdown title he won in the 2007 season by driving in the January 2008 race and was disqualified for crashing into Peyton Sellers in an unsportsmanlike manner on the final lap, in an attempt to win the race. Not only was Logano disqualified but he was credited as having run none of the laps of the race completing zero laps.

Xfinity Series and Truck Series

Logano holds his trophy for winning the pole position in Nashville

Logano made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut at the Dover International Speedway in the 2008 Heluva Good! 200.[12]

Logano became the youngest winner in Nationwide history by winning his first major NASCAR series race at the 2008 Meijer 300 in only his third start, the previous holder of the achievement was Casey Atwood.[13] On July 10, 2009, Logano won the Dollar General 300 by deciding not to pit unlike his teammate Kyle Busch, who took four tires with twelve laps to go. By leading the pack, the clean air made it easy to beat Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch by five car lengths making it the first time he won at the racetrack in Chicago. He took his fifth series victory at the Kansas Speedway after a late-race pass over teammate Kyle Busch. He earned his sixth Nationwide Series victory at the Auto Club Speedway. In April 2009, Logano won the NASCAR Nationwide Series race in Nashville. On July 1, 2011, he won the Subway Jalapeño 250 at Daytona International Speedway, avoiding a last-second crash. In mid-2011, Logano made a cameo appearance in the A&E series The Glades, in the episode "Moonlighting", as himself.

In 2012, he won nine times in the Nationwide Series. He won at Auto Club Speedway, after dominating the race in the Trans-Lux Camry. He won his second race of the year at Talladega Superspeedway after a push from Kyle Busch and holding off Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Cole Whitt. His third win of the year came with controversy after on a late restart, he took out Points leader Elliott Sadler and went on to take the win. His fourth win came at Dover International Speedway, after passing Ryan Truex with four laps to go after being held back in lapped traffic. His fifth win came at Michigan International Speedway after holding off James Buescher on the final restart. In August at Bristol, Logano took the lead from Kevin Harvick during pits and on the restart, he held off Eliott Sadler to win his first win at Bristol in his career. He went on the complete the year sweep of the Nationwide races at Dover, and in October winning his eighth race of the year at Charlotte. In November, he won the Nationwide race at Phoenix. This would ultimately be the final race win Logano would score in a Joe Gibbs Racing car. The Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Nationwide car won the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Owners Championship mostly due in part to Logano's success in the car during the 2012 season.

In 2013 at Dover, Logano won both the NNS races for a third and fourth consecutive time in the Nationwide series. This made him the only driver to win four consecutive races at Dover in any series, and the all-time wins leader in the Nationwide Series at the track.[14] In addition to his wins at Dover, he took home a Nationwide win at Chicagoland Speedway during a cup series off week in July. The Team Penske No. 22 car won the Nationwide Series owners title in 2013, a feat Logano has now contributed to three times in his career—once at Penske and twice at JGR. The 2013 Nationwide Series owners title was a first for Team Penske.

In May 2014 at Dover, Logano saw his four-race winning streak come to an end when Kyle Busch won the spring race at the track. Logano looked to be in a good position to win, starting from the pole for the fourth time at the track, but he was held up by Matt Kenseth for over 60 laps making Busch unreachable. He had to settle for a third-place finish. In his next start in the Nationwide Series at Michigan, Logano was leading with four laps to go and was well on his way to his first win of the season, but suffered a blown tire and was relegated to a 16th-place finish.

Logano started his 2015 Xfinity Series schedule at Atlanta by winning the pole and finishing second. In his second race of the season, Logano finally returned to victory lane in the Xfinity Series at Phoenix International Raceway on March 14, 2015. He won from the pole and led 176 of 200 laps. He also scored his 2nd career perfect driver rating by dominating the race. On April 18, 2015, Logano led every lap of the Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 at Bristol after starting 2nd. As a result, he scored his second Bristol win in the series and third career perfect driver rating.

On March 28, 2015, Logano driving for Brad Keselowski Racing started on Pole, led 150 of the 258 laps, and easily won his first Camping World Truck Series race in the Kroger 250 at Martinsville. He became the 26th different driver to win in all three major series, the first since his teammate and truck owner Brad Keselowski did it when he won the UNOH 200 Truck race at Bristol in August 2014. His first pole and win in the series came in his seventh career start. The 2016 Xfinity Series started well for Logano with a close second to Chase Elliott in the season opener at Daytona. In the coming races however the Penske No.22 car lacked the speed, it had done in previous years with Logano only able to take ninth at Bristol and seventh at Dover. In between these two races, Logano had been in contention for a victory at Talladega up until a last-lap crash relegating him to the 27th position. Charlotte, Pocono, and Michigan saw finishes of third, fifth, and sixth respectively. Logano would have to wait till Watkins Glen claim his first win of the season driving a secondary Penske entry the number 12 at Watkins Glen, the majority of the race was a hard-fought contest between Logano and Keselowski who would eventually encounter issues and retire allowing Logano to collect his 26th career win. Chicagoland saw Logano struggle again with a lack of speed driving the 22 to a seventh-place finish. Back in the number 12, Logano would take his 27th career win in the Drive for Cure 300 at Charlotte stealing the race win from a dominant Kyle Larson, this would be his second and final win of the year. His Xfinity Series campaign ended with a solid fourth at Kansas, unable to take the flagship 22 car to victory lane in 2016.

Cup Series

Joe Gibbs Racing

2008: First starts

Logano's first Cup practice at Richmond International Raceway

On August 25, 2008, Joe Gibbs Racing called a press conference to announce that Logano would drive the No. 20 Home Depot -sponsored Toyota Camry in the 2009 Sprint Cup Series.[15] Logano replaced Tony Stewart who left JGR to drive for his own team, Stewart-Haas Racing. Logano was also a candidate for the 2008 Rookie of the Year award and was scheduled to make his first Sprint Cup start in the No. 02 Home Depot-sponsored car at Richmond,[15] but failed to qualify for the event.

On August 28, 2008, Hall of Fame Racing announced that Logano would drive five races in their No. 96 car during the 2008 Sprint Cup Series season.[16] His official debut was at the 2008 Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire on September 14, 2008, by starting that race, he became the first NASCAR driver born in the 1990s to run a Cup Series event. On September 5, 2008, Logano made his first appearance in a Sprint Cup car at Richmond International Raceway in the two-hour-long Friday practice for the Chevy Rock & Roll 400. Due to Tropical Storm Hanna, qualifying was rained out. A NASCAR rule states that when qualifying is rained out, the Top 43 drivers in owners points are then set for the race. Logano was not in the Top 43 in owners points, so he did not get to debut.

Logano is the youngest modern-era driver to compete full-time in NASCAR's top division (records show drivers as young as 15 competing in NASCAR's top division, but those records will stand due to age requirements).

2009: Rookie in the spotlight

In 2009, Logano finished 4th in his first Gatorade Duel, and would become the youngest driver to start the Daytona 500, however, he would crash midway through the race and finish dead last.[17] Logano's first three starts in the Sprint Cup Series saw three finishes of 30th place or worse. Las Vegas was his sixth start in the Sprint Cup Series, he finished 13th. In April, Logano finished ninth for his first Top 10 finish at Talladega; later that month at Darlington, he led 19 laps late in the race and finished ninth. Logano won the fan vote for the 2009 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and finished in eighth place.

On June 28, 2009, Logano won the rain-shortened Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at Loudon, New Hampshire, beating Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart, becoming the youngest winner ever in the Sprint Cup Series at the age of only 19 years, one month, and four days old.

On November 22, 2009, Logano was crowned the official 2009 Sprint Cup Series Raybestos Rookie of the Year, having beat out other rookies Scott Speed and Max Papis.[18]

2010: Youngest pole winner

Logano won his first Coors Light Pole Award on March 19, 2010, for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Despite going winless, he scored seven Top 5's and 16 Top 10's en route to a then-best 16th-place finish in the final points standing.

2011: Forgettable season

Logano during the 2011 Good Sam RV Insurance 500 at Pocono Raceway

Logano struggled through the 2011 season, with just four Top 5's, six Top 10's, and two pole positions, en route to a career-worst 24th-place finish in the final points standings.

2012: Final season at Gibbs

Crew chief Greg Zipadelli left the No. 20 team at the end of the 2011 season to become the competition director at Stewart-Haas Racing. Jason Ratcliff was named Logano's new crew chief beginning with the 2012 season.

In 2012, following several wins in the Nationwide Series, Logano won his second Sprint Cup Series race at the Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway, after bumping Mark Martin with four laps to go, and holding off Martin and Tony Stewart. Logano became the first driver in 30 races to win a race from the pole position.[19] It was also the first time Logano had won a race that had gone the scheduled distance (as his 2009 victory had been in a rain-shortened event). He scored one other Top 5 and 11 other Top 10 finishes en route to a 17th-place finish in the final points standings. He also ended his final Nationwide series at Joe Gibbs Racing on a high note, winning a series-high nine races.

Team Penske

2013: Career redemption

Logano during the 2013 STP Gas Booster 500

Logano's 2013 Truck Series truck

On September 4, 2012, it was announced that Logano would be leaving Joe Gibbs Racing and heading to Penske Racing in 2013, following an announcement that Matt Kenseth would drive the No. 20 Toyota.[20]

Logano moved to the No. 22 Shell / Pennzoil-sponsored Ford for Penske, finishing 17th at Bristol after losing control after contact with Denny Hamlin. Late in the race, it would appear that Logano passed Hamlin on the track, but both had issues and Hamlin finished 23rd; Logano claimed that his former teammate intentionally wrecked him.[21]

The next week, at Auto Club Speedway, Logano had his breakout race, leading 41 laps. The final laps saw an intense dogfight between him and Hamlin; on the last lap proper, Logano and Hamlin were driving hard side by side down the straightaway, in what looked like what was going to be a repeat of the photo finish from Darlington in 2003 but on the last corner, neither car lifted, both wrecked, while Kyle Busch slipped past and took the victory.[22] Hamlin fractured his vertebra in the crash and after the race, Logano was confronted by Tony Stewart, who slipped back to 22nd after Logano blocked him on the final restart. Stewart pushed Logano, who responded by throwing a water bottle at him.[23] Logano was scored in 3rd place.

Just before the start of the NRA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, both Penske Racing cars driven by Logano and Keselowski failed pre-race inspection due to an issue with the cars' rear-end housings. Logano was forced to start from the rear of the field because his car wasn't on the starting grid until after the command had been given, but he rallied for a fifth-place finish. Three days later, NASCAR unveiled large penalties for the infraction. Logano and Keselowski were each docked 25 points in the drivers' championship standings; Logano's crew chief, Todd Gordon, was also fined $100,000 and suspended six weeks. Car chief Raymond Fox and team engineer Samuel Stanley were suspended for the same length of time as well. Identical penalties were also handed down to all of the people in the same positions on Keselowski's team. Penske Racing released a statement saying the organization planned to appeal the penalties,[24] but on May 1, the NASCAR Appeals Panel unanimously upheld the penalties. Team owner Roger Penske said he would further appeal the ruling to NASCAR Chief Appellate Officer John Middlebrook.[25]

Meanwhile, on the track after Logano's fifth-place finish at Texas, he had a low weekend at Kansas when he collided with a spinning Kyle Busch on lap 105, destroying the front ends of both cars and ending their days. This would relegate Logano to a 39th-place finish. He was able to rebound the following week at Richmond with a third-place run. At Talladega, Logano finished 35th with an engine failure after 143 laps. At Darlington, he struggled with the handling of his car and finished 22nd, two laps down.

After racing at Darlington, Logano rallied to finish in the Top 11 in a six straight race streak going into the summer — fifth at Charlotte, seventh at Dover, 10th at Pocono, ninth at Michigan, 11th at Sonoma, and fourth at Kentucky.

Returning to Daytona for the Coke Zero 400, Logano was running well until he cut a tire and hit the outside wall on lap 71, leaving him with a 40th-place finish. He then had another 40th-place finish the following week at New Hampshire after being involved in a crash early in the race.

After a two-race streak of bad luck, Logano picked up steam again, with six straight Top 10 finishes — eighth at Indianapolis, and then seventh at both Pocono and Watkins Glen.

In qualifying at Michigan, Logano won his sixth career pole position with a track-record lap speed of 203.949 miles per hour (328.224 km/h); this was at the time the ninth fastest qualifying speed in NASCAR history, and the fastest since Bill Elliott's qualifying run at Talladega in 1987.[26] He later went on to win the Pure Michigan 400, making it his first win with Penske Racing.[27] Thanks to that win, and two more Top 5's at both Bristol and Atlanta (where he led 78 laps and almost won), he entered Richmond eighth in the standings with a shot to make the Chase for the first time in his career. At Richmond, he struggled with an ill-handling racecar to a 22nd-place finish, but it was good enough to where he beat Jeff Gordon (who finished eighth) by just one point for 10th in the points and made his first-ever appearance in the Chase. Even if he had fallen to 11th, he still would have had the second wild card thanks to being ahead of Martin Truex, Jr. and Ryan Newman in points (Kasey Kahne had already locked up the first Wildcard with wins at Bristol and Pocono). Also thanks to the win, Logano seeded sixth in the Cup standings after it was reset.

Logano started his first Chase run by qualifying on pole in GEICO 400 at Chicagoland with a new track qualifying speed record of 189.414 mph.[28] However, he finished 37th in the race due to an engine failure late race. This was followed by a 14th-place finish at New Hampshire. Logano then had back-to-back top-fives with a 3rd-place finish at Dover and fourth at Kansas. This was followed by three Top 20 finishes — 18th at Charlotte, 16th at Talladega, and 14th at Martinsville. He finished out the season with three straight Top 10 finishes — third at Texas, ninth at Phoenix, and eighth at Homestead-Miami, leading him to a career-best eighth-place finish in the final points.

2014: Breakout season

Logano racing at Sonoma Raceway in 2014

Logano started with an 11th-place finish in the 2014 Daytona 500, followed by a fourth-place run at Phoenix. He won his first pole of the year at Las Vegas, taking another fourth-place finish.

At Texas, Logano running with consistent speed got his first win of the season after leading the most laps (108) and performing a last-lap pass on Jeff Gordon during a green-white-checkered finish. This win locked him into the 2014 Chase.

At Richmond (a track where he had seen little success in his short career), Logano led late and pulled a Ron Bouchard-style move during a shuffle between Jeff Gordon, Brad Keselowski, and Matt Kenseth in the last nine laps, to slip away with a victory. The victory marked 2014 as Logano's first season with multiple career victories.

Logano made his 200th cup series start at Kentucky Speedway on June 28 at the age of 24.

At Loudon, Logano was running second to Keselowski when he was involved in an accident with the lap-down car of Morgan Shepherd. Logano said in an interview that Shepherd should have not have been on the track running those very slow speeds, but NASCAR responded that Shepherd maintained minimum speed.

Logano took his third win of the season at Bristol in the Irwin Tools Night Race. Keselowski finished second in the same race, making this Team Penske's second 1–2 finish in its history, the other coming in the 2008 Daytona 500.

Logano started the Chase seeded fifth. He finished in fourth place in the Challenger Round opener at Chicagoland Speedway moving him to 3rd in points.

Logano would go on to win at New Hampshire, locking him into the Contender Round. He took four tires on lap 247, while the other front-runners ran on older tires, giving Logano the advantage. Remarkably, he was able to move from 16th to second in 11 laps. He took the lead with 27 to go and won the race after a green-white-checkered finish. The win moved him to second in the points standings – one point behind Keselowski. This win marked Penske's 3rd win in a row and fourth in five races.

On September 25, 2014, it was announced that Logano had signed a multi-year contract extension with Team Penske. This extension came a full season before his contract was due to expire at the end of the 2015 season. The contract extends Logano's tenure with Team Penske to at least 2018.

At Dover, Logano would finish fourth, making him the only driver to finish Top 5 in all three races of the contender round. He would finish the round second in points.

Logano started the Contender Round by winning at Kansas. This gave him the lead in the point standings for the first time in his career. With the win, he was the first driver to advance to the Eliminator Round in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Logano followed this up with a fourth-place finish at Charlotte. This was his fifth straight top-five finish, making him the first driver to start the Chase with five straight Top 5 finishes, beating the previous record of four set by Juan Pablo Montoya in 2009.

At Talladega, Logano finished 11th after helping Keselowski get to the front on the final restart. Keselowski required a win to advance to the next round of the Chase and was able to achieve that in part thanks to Logano.

Logano entered the Eliminator Round as the points leader, beginning with a fifth-place finish at Martinsville. At Texas, he fought back from pit road tire issues that led to a spin-out and finished 12th. Going into the final race of the Eliminator round, Logano was tied for 1st in points with a 13-point advantage over the final transfer spot. He would finish sixth at Phoenix, easily advancing to the Championship round alongside Denny Hamlin, Ryan Newman, and Kevin Harvick.

In the final round, he ended up finishing last of the final four drivers. The result was affected by some mistakes made by his pit crew, relegating him to a 16th-place finish.

Logano and his teammate Keselowski were both dominant in the new knockout-style qualifying in 2014. Logano had one pole, eight Top 2 starts, and started in the Top 10 in 26 of 36 races. He missed the final round of qualifying in only five of the 36 races, a series best. Logano was consistently near the top of most major statistical categories in 2014 including; laps led, average start, average finish, and average driver rating. He was one of only seven drivers that won multiple races in 2014 (the others being Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., series champion Kevin Harvick, and Carl Edwards).

2015: A season for the ages

Logano doing burnouts after winning the Daytona 500.

Logano's season began with an incident with Kevin Harvick during the Sprint Unlimited. Harvick, who questioned a late-race incident with Logano, exchanged heated words with Logano.

The following week Logano held off Harvick to win the Daytona 500. Logano also became the second-youngest winner of the Daytona 500 (Second only to Trevor Bayne) and also gave team owner Roger Penske his second victory in the race, his first coming with Ryan Newman in 2008.[29] The next week, he won the pole at Atlanta Motor Speedway and finished in fourth place.

At Las Vegas Motor Speedway, he qualified second and led early but would ultimately fade to finish 10th after having two pit-road speeding penalties. At Phoenix International Raceway, he started on the front row for the third consecutive week and led laps early, even though he would ultimately finish eighth.

At Auto Club Speedway, Logano started 13th and ran in the Top 5 most of the day, but a controversial late-race pit road violation set him back in the field; however, he recovered quickly to finish seventh. With his finish on the lead lap at Auto Club, Logano broke the record for most consecutive finishes on the lead lap with 22 (he would extend that record to 24 races). The previous record was held by Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. with 21 each.

The next week at Martinsville he became the 26th driver (after teammate Brad Keselowski) to have won in each of the Top 3 series by winning the Kroger 250 from the pole after leading the most laps, his final start in the Truck Series to date. He also won his second Cup pole of the season and during the race, led the second-most laps and finished third. At Texas, he started sixth, led 19 laps, and finished fourth.

At Bristol, Logano and Keselowski wrecked out early, ending Logano's streak of finishes on the lead lap. At Richmond, Logano won the pole and finished fifth. At Talladega, Logano was caught up in a multicar wreck on the back straightaway on lap 47 and finished 33rd. He dropped from second to fourth in the points standings after the race. At Kansas, Logano did much better. He won the pole for the fourth time and once again, finished fifth.

In August, Logano ran out of fuel while leading the final laps at Pocono. At Watkins Glen, Logano started 16th, and went on to win the race, leading only the final lap after Harvick ran out of fuel before entering the final two turns.[30] For Logano, the win also marked a complete sweep of the weekend, having won the Xfinity race.

Logano celebrates winning the 2015 Irwin Tools Night Race.

Logano in victory lane after winning the Irwin Tools Night Race.

At Michigan, Logano went on to bring home a seventh-place finish in the Pure Michigan 400. At Bristol, he took his third victory of the year with a win in the Irwin Tools Night Race. In the Chase, he swept the Contender Round races by dominating Charlotte, passing Matt Kenseth by purposely spinning him out with five laps remaining to win at Kansas and a dramatic win at Talladega that knocked Dale Earnhardt Jr. out of the Chase by one position. Also in the process, he became the second driver in 2015 after Kyle Busch to sweep three consecutive races.

The next week at Martinsville, Logano had the dominant car for most of the race. However, Matt Kenseth, in retaliation for Logano spinning him out a couple of weeks earlier, deliberately crashed Logano with less than 50 laps to go; an action that was met with mixed emotions from drivers, but the fans erupted with applause. Kenseth was suspended for the next two races and placed on probation until December 31.

Logano didn't do well at Texas, cutting a tire and spinning out, winding up 40th.[31] Heading into Phoenix, Logano needed a win in order to advance to the final round. Ultimately, he failed, as he finished 3rd and was eliminated from the Chase at Phoenix International Raceway after a controversial finish where Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the race thanks to a storm in the area.[32] Logano went on to finish fourth at the season finale, and finished sixth in the final point standings.

2016: Heartbreak at Homestead

Wikinews has related news:

Joey Logano wins his first NASCAR Sprint Cup race of 2016

In 2016, Logano had a rocky start compared to 2015. Logano won his third straight pole at Martinsville, however, he would struggle throughout the race before finishing 11th. At Kansas and Talladega, Logano went back to back with DNFs from crashes. Logano won his first Sprint Cup All-Star Race after making a pass on Kyle Larson with two laps remaining. He won the FireKeepers Casino 400 after a good final restart. He won the race from the pole, the second time he won from the pole at Michigan. This was followed by a third-place finish at Sonoma and fourth place at Daytona.

At Kentucky, Logano had an early exit on lap 54 after cutting a right-front tire, finishing 39th. Logano fought back with a third-place finish at New Hampshire and a seventh-place finish at Indianapolis.

At Pocono, while on lap 115, Logano was racing Ryan Newman to his outside and Denny Hamlin to his inside when Chase Elliott got to his inside, got loose, got into Logano and sent both of them into the wall. Logano finished 37th. Following this, Logano went on a seven-race stretch with a worst finish of 11th place: second place at Watkins Glen, 10th place at Bristol and Michigan, fifth place at Darlington, 10th place at Richmond, second place in Chicagoland, 11th in New Hampshire, and fifth place at Dover.

Logano's 2016 Homestead car being prepared inside Team Penske's Mooresville, NC Race Shop.

At Charlotte, the opening race in the Round of 12, Logano's day ended early with a series of tire blowouts, leaving him with a 36th-place finish. This was followed by a third-place finish at Kansas. At Talladega, Logano was penalized early when his car left pit road dragging the jack during the first round of green-flag pit stops, but went on to win the race in overtime and clinched a spot in the Round of 8. The win marked the third straight restrictor-plate victory for Team Penske, after Keselowski's earlier victories at Talladega and Daytona. A win at Phoenix guaranteed Logano a place in the final 4 at Homestead.

Logano led 45 laps at Homestead and had a significant chance to win his first Cup series championship. With 10 laps left, Logano restarted under leader Carl Edwards and Edwards on the restart attempted a block the 22 but it was too late, spinning the 19 of Edwards into the inside wall, resulting in a DNF for the 19 and some damage to the 22. After a 30-minute red flag, Logano's car was too damaged to contend any further and Logano finished the race in fourth place, finishing second in the standings to Jimmie Johnson.

2017: Championship 4 to missing the playoffs

Logano's race-winning car during the 2017 Toyota Owners 400

Unlike in previous years at Penske, Logano had a miserable year. He started the year however by winning the Advance Auto Parts Clash after sneaking through the last lap incident between Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin. Logano's 2017 season started with a sixth-place finish in the Daytona 500. In the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas, Logano collided with Kyle Busch as the two battled for a Top 5 finish on the final lap. The contact spun Busch out and onto pit road;[33] Logano finished fourth, while Busch dropped to 22nd.[34] After the race, Busch confronted Logano on pit road, attempting to punch him as their pit crews became involved. Busch suffered a bloody forehead in the ensuing brawl,[33] though neither driver was penalized for the fight.[35] In an ironic twist at the following week's race in Phoenix, Logano's tire blew with five laps to go to bring out the caution as Busch was in contention to win. As a result, Ryan Newman stayed out for the final restart and went on to win.[36] At Richmond, Logano made his 300th cup start. Despite qualifying fifth, he would start from the 37th spot due to a transmission change. Logano would slowly work his way to the front, before winning his second career race at Richmond. Logano became the sixth driver to win in his 300th start.[37] However, Logano's car was discovered to have a rear suspension issue, forcing NASCAR to declare his victory an "encumbered" win; as a result, while his win was not stripped, it did not allow him to lock a spot into the playoffs.[38]

At Kansas on May 13, Logano entered sixth on points. He had a rough race that saw him fall from second on the start to mid-pack. Logano battled setbacks such as a speeding penalty, and a cut tire which caused him to stay mid-pack for the rest of his race. Logano was charging towards the Top 10, when his car's brakes broke, causing him to crash Danica Patrick and cause a fiery accident. The accident led to Aric Almirola being injured and airlifted to a local hospital for evaluation. Logano was visibly shaken following the wreck in a post-race interview. His contention to make it to the playoffs immediately started to fade away. His best finishes after Richmond were third at Michigan and his fourth-place finish at Indianapolis.

After a series of bad races, Logano missed the playoffs by one spot, finishing behind Kyle Larson after having finished second at Richmond. This is the first time Logano missed the playoffs since his last year with Joe Gibbs Racing in 2012. Due to his encumbered win, Logano's chance at a championship ended with his runner-up finish as after Darlington, he was in a must-win situation since the maximum points available in a race was 60 points as Logano was more than that many points away and points didn't matter anymore to make the playoffs. Ironically, the driver that benefited off of Logano's misfortune was Matt Kenseth, who barely made the playoffs by only about 100 points over Logano, keeping Logano out of the playoffs, reminiscent of their 2015-2016 feud. He then had consistent finishes like his seventh at Chicagoland Speedway, and fourth at Talladega. He finished the season with a 6th-place finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He finished the season 17th in the points standings.

2018: Championship redemption

Logano with President Donald Trump on the White House south lawn in 2019

2018 was a very quiet but productive year for Logano. Logano started the season with a second-place finish in the Clash. He followed that up with a second-place finish in his duel, losing to teammate Ryan Blaney. Logano had his ups and downs at the 2018 Daytona 500 with a tire rub and a pit penalty but rebounded to finish fourth after avoiding a wreck with two laps left. At the 2018 GEICO 500, he held off Kurt Busch to win the race and lock him in the Playoffs.

While the "Big Three" were making all the noise, Logano was quietly and patiently posting one of his best-ever seasons. He had finished every race up until the second Daytona race, where he was involved in one of the pile-ups triggered by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Then weeks later he finished dead last for only the second time in his career at Watkins Glen. On the opening laps, Logano was battling for position inside the top-five when the leaders stacked up and Logano made contact with the rear of Kyle Larson's No. 42. The damage resulted in a cracked radiator, eliminating the team from the race. The rest of the regular season was filled with top-10 finishes. He ended the regular season 6th in points heading into the playoffs.

Logano started off the playoffs with a strong fourth-place finish at Las Vegas. Richmond, however, was a quiet race but he ended it a lap down finishing 14th. A quiet race at Charlotte ended in a 10th-place finish and advanced to the next round. He started the Round of 12 by finishing third at Dover and fifth at Talladega. He became the evident flag bearer for his team. After the Kansas playoff race, Logano became the sole Penske driver in the Round of 8 of the Playoffs after teammates Keselowski and Blaney were eliminated. entering the round of 8, Logano had a good chance to make it to Homestead and win the championship. He won the fall Martinsville race after a fierce battle with Martin Truex Jr. towards the finish line and secured his spot in the Championship 4. Logano had dominated the event, leading 309 of 500 laps, taking home his first grandfather clock.

He then made a consecutive streak of top-tens with a 3rd-place finish at Texas. Logano had a bad weekend at Phoenix, but prior in the press, he felt that he was the favorite for the championship, he suffered a flat tire in the second stage of the race in which ended his race, and his sixth-consecutive Top 10 finishes, although he still advanced, even if he had finished second to fifth, in which he would have won a tiebreaker over Chase Elliott if he finished fifth.

As the sun fell and the lights came on, Logano won at Homestead and became the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion after passing Martin Truex Jr. with a pass on the high side with 12 laps to go.

Rounding out a stout season, in addition to his first title, he ended the season scoring 3 wins, 13 top five finishes, 26 top ten finishes, and an average finish of 10.7.

2019: Title defense

Logano after winning the 2019 FireKeepers Casino 400

Logano started the season with a third-place finish in the rain-delayed Clash, in the duel, he made a big move on Clint Bowyer who led 41 laps on the final lap and won the duel only leading one lap, the last one. He started 4th at the Daytona, starting the season as a strong contender for the championship. Logano battled back and forth for the win all day, such as avoiding "The Big One" that took out 21 other drivers but came up short to a 1-2-3 finish with the Joe Gibbs Racing team. After the race, Logano had confronted fellow Ford teammate Michael McDowell for not giving Logano the push he needed for the win. He left Daytona second in points, tied for the points lead with Denny Hamlin. At qualifying at Atlanta, he had problems in his qualifying laps and started 27th. The problems continued through the race. While he did contend for the win late, he suffered from tire issues to finish 23rd.

Logano rebounded at Las Vegas, holding off teammate Brad Keselowski for his first win at the track. The win at Vegas was fitting as it would be Logano's 22nd spring race in Las Vegas, his 22nd Cup win, and won in a Pennzoil-sponsored No. 22 car. Logano followed up his win with a 10th-place run at Phoenix and a runner-up finish at Fontana.

At Martinsville, Logano scored his fifth pole in seven races, making it the 10th consecutive season where he has won a pole. It was a rough go at the start of the race. He led the first five laps and didn't lead the race again. He started 1st and finished 19th. It was not the result that the 22 team wanted. Afterward at Texas, he won Stage 1 but pit lane issues saw him lose positions and drop to and finish 17th. At Bristol, he had a car capable of winning, but he pitted late in the race and restarted a few spots from where he finished. He finished third eventually behind the Busch brothers of Kyle and Kurt. Late in the day at Richmond, having won Stage 2 and finished 2nd at Stage 1, Logano had the better car and was chasing Martin Truex Jr. Unfortunately, he didn't have enough time to pass Truex and finished second. At Talladega, he had another good qualifying. He started fifth and led by lap 182. He led at the restart, but was no match for the pack of Chevrolet Camaros of Chase Elliott, Bowman, and rookie Ryan Preece and ended up finishing fourth.

Logano then qualified 4th at Dover. He won Stage 1 ahead of teammate Keselowski. He finished seventh, extending his stretch of Top 10 finishes to four. In the standings though, he is second, five points behind leader Kyle Busch after having decreased it since Richmond. Logano qualified 20th at Kansas but failed pre-race inspection so he started 30th. During the first 10 laps, Logano had already gained about 10 spots. He finished 10th in the first stage and finished 15th, 1 lap down, however, though, Kyle Busch, the points leader after Dover, finished 30th, and as a result, Logano took the lead in points.

With his two wins, Logano made his way into the playoffs. At the Charlotte Roval, he overcame a collision with a tire barrier to finish 10th and advance to the Round of 12.[39] At Dover, Logano was forced to head to the garage before the opening laps to have a busted rear axle fixed. He returned to the race 24 laps down and was criticized by Denny Hamlin for racing the lead cars hard.[40] At Martinsville, Hamlin collided with Logano on turn four, squeezing Logano into the outside wall and causing him to lose a tire and spin out two laps later. Despite the damage, Logano finished eighth. After the race, Logano and Hamlin discussed the incident before Logano slapped Hamlin's right shoulder, sparking a fight between the two.[41] NASCAR suspended Dave Nichols Jr., the No. 22 team's tire technician, for one race for pulling Hamlin down to the ground during the altercation.[42] Logano's Title defense ended after being eliminated in the Round of 8 despite finishing ninth at Phoenix, with Hamlin and eventual Champion Kyle Busch ultimately beating him out for the remaining Championship 4 spots by winning the race and finishing 2nd respectively.[43] At Homestead, Logano finished 5th in the race and the final points standings, the highest in points among non-Championship 4 drivers. Logano also was running at the finish in every single race in 2019, alongside Ty Dillon as the only two to accomplish the feat.

2020: Return to the Championship 4

With Paul Wolfe replacing Todd Gordon as his crew chief, Logano started the 2020 season by winning Duel 1 of the Bluegreen Vacations Duels.[44] He finished 26th at the Daytona 500 due to a collision with Ross Chastain. A week later, he rebounded with a win at Las Vegas[45] later, Logano would find himself in victory lane at Phoenix. At Bristol, Logano held the lead in a battle with Chase Elliott in the final laps until both competitors crashed into the wall, leaving Logano's teammate Brad Keselowski to win the race while Logano finished 21st. Logano's two wins earned him a spot in the 2020 Playoffs. He locked himself in the Championship 4 after beating Kevin Harvick at Kansas.[46] In the championship race at Phoenix Raceway, he ran upfront for all of stage 1. A late-race vibration and pit strategy caused him to finish 3rd in the race, and 3rd of the Championship 4.


Logano racing at Sonoma Raceway in 2021

On the final lap of the 2021 Daytona 500, Logano led teammate Keselowski before he attempted to pass Logano with momentum from Michael McDowell, resulting in a fiery crash. While McDowell avoided the wreck to win, Logano finished 12th.[47]

Later, he would win the first Bristol Dirt race.

While running third at the end of Stage 1 during the GEICO 500, Logano was turned by Hamlin and clipped in the left-rear by Stenhouse Jr., sending his car into a blow over and Logano went upside down before his car rolled back over. He was uninjured, but showed displeasure with NASCAR over safety concerns and the package in his interview, bringing up Ryan Newman's accident at the Daytona 500 the previous year. Logano got into the playoffs with his win. He made it all the way to the Round of 8 before being eliminated after Martinsville. He finished the season 8th in the points standings.[48]

Other media appearances

In 2009, Logano co-hosted an episode of WWE Raw with Kyle Busch.[49]

Logano has made cameo appearances in various TV shows. He appeared in Cartoon Network's Destroy Build Destroy in the episode "NASCAR Pile-Up Logano vs. Edwards".[50] He beat Carl Edwards. The episode aired on October 20, 2010. In 2011, along with Carl Edwards and other NASCAR drivers, he was in the A&E series The Glades.[51] During the year, he also participated in Man v. Food Nation, taking on the Atomic Bomb Challenge at Sticky Lips BBQ in Rochester, New York. He lost the challenge.[52]

During its 2011 season, Logano and Trevor Bayne were on a live portion of American Idol.[53][54] In 2013, Logano guest-starred on a season two episode of Disney XD's Lab Rats.[55]

Logano appeared on an episode of the American reality television series Pawn Stars where he inspected a Mustang GT alongside Rick Harrison.

Logano, along with Penske teammate Brad Keselowski, appeared in the movie Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!.[56] He also had a cameo appearance as a security guard in the 2017 film Logan Lucky.[57]

In October 2015, he appeared on 60 Minutes alongside a Make A Wish Child who wanted to meet him, Gavin Grubbs. The two speak about the Make-A-Wish Foundation's granting of Gavin's wish.[58]

In 2016, Logano was a Fox NASCAR guest analyst for the Xfinity Series races at Phoenix and Richmond. A year later, Logano was a color commentator for the Fox broadcast of the Xfinity race at Pocono. Part of a Cup drivers-only coverage, he worked alongside Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer in the broadcast booth.[59]

On April 30, 2019, Logano was invited to White House in Washington D.C. by the President of United States, Donald Trump.[60]

Personal life

Born in Middletown, Connecticut and raised over the river in Portland, Logano moved to Georgia where his father, Tom grew his racing career. As he started his career he earned the nickname “sliced bread” because he won a lot as a young racer. On November 13, 2013, Logano announced his engagement to childhood sweetheart Brittany Baca. He announced, via Twitter, that their wedding date was set for December 2014, during the NASCAR off-season.[61] Logano and Baca were married on December 13, 2014.[62] The couple announced the birth of their first child, a son named Hudson Joseph Logano, in January 2018.[63] Their second child, a son named Jameson Jett Logano, was born on May 7, 2020.

In September 2019, Logano was diagnosed with Alopecia areata, an autoimmune disorder that attacks hair follicles. While the disease does not cause any health risks or physical effects, it does lead to patches of thinning hair or baldness, which Logano has often joked about.[64]


In March 2020, the Joey Logano Foundation partnered with Bobbee O's BBQ in Charlotte, North Carolina, to offer free meals to children during the COVID-19 lockdown.[65] (Courtesy Wikipedia)

Joey Logano

2018 NASCAR Cup Series Champion


Shell / Pennzoil


Team Penske





bottom of page