Joey Logano looks to pick up where he left off in 2018

Joey Logano – Cup champ ready for Daytona, 2019 season

Joey Logano

When the season ends, athletes like to kick back and get far away from it all – mentally if not physically, too.

Some travel, tend to outside businesses, write a book or ski and still others catch up on projects around their home(s).

For Joey Logano, fresh off his first championship in the Monster Energy Cup, it was a time to celebrate. So he and wife Brittany spent New Year’s Eve in New York’s Times Square, watching the ball drop and reveling in their good fortune.

The persistent rain that night failed to dampen their spirits.

“What a great night!” Logano wrote in an Instagram post that also included a photo of him and Brittany kissing in their foul weather gear. “What a feeling to be in Times Square to bring in the new year!”

The new season, which gets going Sunday, Feb. 21, on Fox, with the Daytona 500, sees Logano coming in with a target on his back, not only because he’s the defending series champ but also due to his aggressive driving style. The 28-year-old Connecticut native had a season to remember in 2018, one that included a springtime win at Talladega that ended a 36-race winless streak, a season-defining fall triumph over Martin Truex Jr. in Martinsville that sparked a war of words between the two drivers, and his clinching victory in the finale at Homestead.

At Daytona, he seeks to pick up where he left off in South Florida last November – with a trip to Victory Lane in the Great American Race.

Joey Logano

Full name: Joseph Thomas Logano

Birth date: May 24, 1990

Birthplace: Middletown, Conn.

Height/weight: 6 feet, 1 inch/180 pounds

Car: No. 22 Ford Fusion

Team: Team Penske

Sprint Cup wins: 21

Top 10s: 179

Poles: 20

Honors and achievements: 2009 Cup Series Rookie of the Year; 2015 Daytona 500 winner; 2016 NASCAR Cup All-Star Race winner; 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup champion

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George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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