Joey Logano through the years
By Staff report | Friday, December 18, 2020
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Take a look back at pictures throughout 2018 NASCAR Cup Series champion Joey Logano's racing career, as far back as age 7.
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Born in Middletown, Connecticut, Logano began racing early in life, earning the Eastern Grand National championship in 1997 (at 7 years old) in the Junior Stock Car Quarter Midget Division, nabbing the titles again in 1998 and 1999.
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Logano quickly rose through the racing ranks, winning the National Bandolero Bandits championship (1999), the Young Lions National Championship (2002) and the Pro National Championship, a title which made him the youngest title winner in Legends history. His track record of 14 straight wins at Atlanta Motor Speedway still stands. He later transitioned to Late Models, competing in the American Speed Association National Tour and the ASA Late Model Series.
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Logano's big break came in 2005 when he was signed by Joe Gibbs Racing as a development driver. In 2007, he won five times in the K&N Pro Series East and once in the West division.
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Logano's five wins in the K&N Pro Series East earned him the 2007 championship title, as well as Rookie of the Year title. The title came after only 13 starts in the series.
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Logano made his Xfinity Series debut on May 31, 2008, just one week after his 18th birthday (the age limit to race in the series) at Dover International Speedway. He finished sixth, behind winner Denny Hamlin and runner-up Carl Edwards, with crew chief Dave Rogers.
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It didn't take long for Logano to reach Victory Lane in the Xfinity Series; the 18-year-old driver rewrote history books when he won from the pole at Kentucky Speedway in his third series start in 2008.
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Logano made his NASCAR Cup Series debut the same season as his Xfinity Series debut with Joe Gibbs Racing, making his first start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September 2008.
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Now piloting the No. 20 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, Logano made his full-time debut in the NASCAR Cup Series the following season (2009). He nabbed his first premier series win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, beating out runner-up Jeff Gordon. During his Cup Series tenure with Joe Gibbs Racing from 2009-2012, Logano also earned another win, 16 top-five finishes, 41 top-10s and five poles.
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After the 2012 season, Logano joined Team Penske to drive the No. 22 Ford, led by crew chief Todd Gordon. The duo earned their first win together at Michigan International Speedway on Aug. 18, 2013, after starting from the pole position.
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Logano's first year at Team Penske also marked his first time to qualify for NASCAR's playoffs. He would finish eighth in the final standings that year, with 11 top fives and 19 top-10 finishes.
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Team Penske earned the 2013 Xfinity Series owners championship, with Joey Logano earning three wins in his 15 starts in the Nos. 22 and 48 Xfinity ride that season. Logano has earned 28 victories in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, 10 of them coming with Team Penske.
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The 2014 season was perhaps Logano's biggest breakout season, as the No. 22 wheelman made five trips to Victory Lane and finished over 60 percent of his races in the top 10. Not only did he qualify for the 2014 playoffs, he also was one of the four drivers to compete for a championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway. A pit road mishap with less than 20 laps to go foiled Logano's chances at his first title, but he proved that he was indeed a title contender that year.
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After missing out on a championship the year prior, Logano came back swinging in the 2015 season-opening Daytona 500. He rolled off the grid fifth in the 'Great American Race' and led 31 laps en route to his first Daytona 500 win.
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Logano went three-for-three in the second round of the 2015 playoffs, as he won at Charlotte, Kansas and Talladega, beating out 'Dega favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr. in a green-white-checkered finish.
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Team Penske again secured the Xfinity Series owners championship in 2015, with Logano piloting the team's No. 22 Ford for 10 races that season, including three victories. He also earned a win driving the No. 12 Ford in one race.
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Logano checked off another item off a racer's bucket list, as he earned the 2016 All-Star Race win -- and $1 million check -- in May at Charlotte Motor Speedway, with Team Penske teammate Brad Keselowski finishing second.
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In his 300th start, Logano started from the rear of the field due to a transmission change prior to the start of the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond. Logano worked his way through the field, leading the final 17 laps to score the victory.
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Snapping a yearlong winless streak in the Cup ranks in April of 2018 meant the Loganos got to celebrate in Victory Lane with son Hudson -- who was born in January.
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In the bump-and-run heard 'round NASCAR, Logano used his aggressive nature to win at Martinsville and lock into the Championship 4 in 2018. Martin Truex Jr. was none too pleased after the race as he became the latest driver that Logano had rubbed the wrong way with his racing style.
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Joey Logano captured the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series championship -- besting the "Big 3" of Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. to do so.
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Being the champion means you get to go around Las Vegas with the championship hardware.
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Joey Logano shows off his 2018 championship ring with wife Brittany at the NASCAR Awards in Las Vegas.
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In spring of 2019, Logano won at Las Vegas. Passing Keselowski for the final time on Lap 244 of 267, Logano held off his Team Penske partner for his first ever win at the track and locked himself into the NASCAR Playoffs.
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Another race, another win. Logano won the race at Michigan after starting on the pole and leading a race-high 163 laps.
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Logano was eliminated in the Round of 8. He finished the 2019 season in fifth place with two wins, 12 top 5s, 21 top 10s.
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In 2020, Logano's new pairing with crew chief Paul Wolfe paid early dividends with two wins in the season's first four races. The spring also saw the Logano family welcome son Jameson Jett in May.
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For the fourth time in seven years (and following his even-year trend), Logano reached the Championship 4. He qualified for the 2020 edition with a win at Kansas to open the Round of 8 and in the process snapped a 29-race drought. He finished third in the standings on the season.