Why Joey Logano loves Vegas
The NASCAR Cup Playoffs move into the Round of 12 this week at a place where Joey Logano got a lucky break his last time there.
Las Vegas Motor Speedway, site of the Sept. 27 South Point 400, was where a mistake turned out to be a stroke of luck for the 30-year-old Connecticut native. Back in February in the Pennzoil 400, Logano was in second when a late-race crash resulted in a caution. In what was supposed to be a two-lap shootout, Logano stayed out on the track after he misunderstood his crew chief Paul Wolfe’s instructions to pit following a second crash. Meanwhile, leader and Penske teammate Ryan Blaney did.
The gaffe proved to be fortuitous for Logano as it resulted in his second straight victory in the Vegas spring race and his first with Wolfe, thus snapping a 22-race winless streak.
Overall, the 1.5-mile tri-oval superspeedway has been good to Logano. In 14 starts dating back to 2009, he’s registered two wins, six top-fives,10 top-10s and one pole. His average finish of 8.0 is tops among active Cup drivers.
As of early September, he hadn’t recorded a win since March 8 in Phoenix so he’ll certainly be hungry when he revs up his No. 22 Ford Mustang GT in this Sunday’s race, which airs on NBC Sports Network. A field including fellow Cup contenders Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, Alex Bowman and Martin Truex Jr. will oppose him.
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 Mustang GT
Team: Team Penske
Sprint Cup wins: 25
Top 10s: 215
Honors and achievements: 2009 Cup Series Rookie of the Year; 2015 Daytona 500 winner; 2016 NASCAR Cup All-Star Race winner; 2018 NASCAR Cup champion