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November 28, 2018

Joey Logano soaking in the Las Vegas scenes as heralded champion

LAS VEGAS — They say the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. For 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion Joey Logano, the grass is, indeed, greener as the NASCAR champion in Las Vegas.

“It’s been fun so far,” Logano said Wednesday during a tour of Las Vegas during NASCAR Champion’s Week. “We have stopped at a couple of (famous Vegas landmarks), the Las Vegas sign and now here at the Bellagio. It’s really neat being able to experience everything here at Champion’s Week.”

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Logano missed the playoffs last year after came up short in the Championship 4 race at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2014 and 2016. The Team Penske driver made sure to make his third shot at the title count.

“I guess you really don’t enjoy (Champion’s Week) much if you don’t win,” he said. “I have been on that side more times than not so to be able to do all of the fun stuff and enjoy it, I have really been looking forward to it for the last week and a half or so.”

During the reigning champ’s two stops on his Las Vegas landmark tour, he made sure to stop and take photos with fans in front of the famous “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign and his No. 22 Team Penske Ford. The trip then took the 28-year-old to the Bellagio fountain for more photos with his crew chief Todd Gordon, who takes the experience as motivation to be back at the head table next season.

“I’m anxious to get on stage because I know we both talk about it every year and sit in the crowd,” said Gordon. “It’s motivation to want to get out of the crowd and up on stage. That will be a really cool moment.”