Joey Logano celebrated in victory lane on sunday the way he wanted to back in 2009.
Logano won the inaugural Pocono 400 after starting on the pole on Sunday making it his first victory of the season. It is his first checkered flag since his first Sprint Cup victory in his rookie season back in New Hampshire.
The win at Pocono was also Logano’s first in the real Victory Lane. It was also his first time grabbing the checkered flag in the Sprint Cup Series and winning it after completing the entire race. His first cup win in New Hampshire came after the race was called for rain.
In post race interviews Logano said that his win in Pocono was the way he always wanted to celebrate. He even went head to head with Mark Martin for that win, Martin had even said in the beginning of Logano’s career that he would be a future contender.
Logano has had success in the various racing leagues he has been a part of before his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career. He’s been successful in quarter-midgets, Bandolero Bandits series, and legend cars. Logano’s success within these series is what earned him his nickname “Sliced Bread” as in the greatest thing ever since. The hype for Logano followed him into his NASCAR career.
Through his time in NASCAR Logano has found success in the Nationwide Series. Just within the 2012 season he has captured four wins, his latest was at Dover a week before his cup win. It would only have been a matter of time before his success in the Nationwide series would transfer over to Cup.
In his four year Sprint Cup career Logano has two wins, 34 top 10’s and 15 top 5’s. This season alone he has a win, one top 5, and five top 10’s. By winnig the pole at Pocono he has secured a spot in the shootout in Daytona and with the win he has secured his spot in next year’s All-Star race.
Logano now places himself in contention for a wild car spot for the chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. He currently stands in 15th place in the cup standings. Logano is right behind Ryan Newman for the final wild card spot.
The 2012 season is a contract year for Logano, as he is in his final year with Joe Gibbs Racing. Logano took over in the No.20 Toyota after Tony Stewart departed from JGR to go over to Stewart-Haas Racing. With his latest success in the cup series Logano has made his case to why he deserves a contract to compete on the Sprint cup level.