No. 4 Joey Logano
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Joey Logano turns laps at Phoenix International Raceway in March.
Despite a pit road mistake in the season finale, one that cost him a possible shot at his first title, Joey Logano’s 2014 season concluded as a career year for the 24-year-old driver.
Logano, who finished fourth in points, stayed inside the top-ten in points after every race this season.
Logano became the seventh driver to lock into the 2014 Chase with his April win at Texas Motor Speedway. He also became the second driver with multiple victories, scoring a win at Richmond in late April.
Arguably, one the biggest moments for Logano during the regular season was not for a win or dominating performance, but rather, for an on-track incident at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July.
Running second, Logano was involved in an multi-car incident with 72-year-old driver Morgan Shepherd, who was multiple laps down when the two tangled.
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Joey Logano celebrates his second victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September.
“The slowest car on the racetrack took us out,” Logano said of the incident, adding “… I feel like there should be, like, a driver’s test before you get out in a Cup car and make sure you know how to drive before you drive one.”
Overall, Logano set personal records in the Sprint Cup Series. While he entered this season with three overall career victories, Logano won five races in 2014, leading 993 total laps. Logano entered 2014 with 660 laps led in his entire career.
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Joey Logano is involved in a multi-car wreck with Morgan Shepherd at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July. Logano ran inside the top-five during the event prior to the incident.
Logano also posted double-digit top-five finishes and 22 top-ten finishes. Logano also finished on the lead lap 30 times, beating his previous best of 26 in 2013.
While Logano didn’t lead a lap in the season finale, Logano ran inside the top-ten for much of the race, but a mistake by his pit crew on two pit stops late in the race dropped Logano outside the top-20.
“Unfortunately, a great season like that makes this overall finish fourth because of one mistake, but that's what the rules are,” Logano said post-race at Homestead-Miami Speedway of his season. “We understand that. This team did a great job of consistently being fast. In the previous years that would have been perfect.
“But coming into this race and the way the points go, it doesn't pay any more obviously. Just didn't execute perfectly tonight, and for that reason we'll finish fourth.”