Season Recap: Joey Logano

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Joey Logano pre-race during the Windows 10 400 at Pocono Raceway in August 2015.




By Dominic Aragon
Editor
December 21, 2015
daragon@theracingexperts.net

Joey Logano became the first driver in 2015 to virtually lock into the Chase with a win in the season-opening Daytona 500.

Logano began the season with seven consecutive top-ten finishes, totaling 20 top-ten finishes during the 26 race regular season. During that time, Logano’s lowest ranking in driver points was fourth.

2015 marked Logano’s third season with Team Penske and the third consecutive Chase appearance for the driver.


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Joey Logano leads Jamie McMurray and others during the CampingWorld.com 500 at Phoenix International Raceway in March.

Winning six races, Logano recorded the most wins of any driver this season—also a career high.


His average start of 6.9, six poles, 22 top-five finishes and 28 top-ten finishes in 2015 are also career-bests. 

Leading a total of 1,431 laps over 24 races this season, Logano became the 51st driver in NASCAR history to lead 1,000 or more laps in a single season. 

His previous best was 993 laps led in 2014.

This past season also marked the first time in Logano’s full-time Sprint Cup career the driver didn’t record a DNF.


QUOTES FROM THE SEASON

POST-RACE DAYTONA I:
“I think as a kid, any young racer dreams of winning the Daytona 500. It's the biggest race we have all year. You're down here for two weeks. So much buildup coming into this race, with the qualifying, the Duels. You get out there, the first time you've raced in a couple months.

“There's a lot of anxiety, a lot of nerves before the race. To be able to pull that car into Victory Lane, see my team there, see my family and my friends.

Everyone was here. It couldn't be any better. It's an amazing feeling. I can't really put it into words. It's something that you can't describe.

“I keep reliving over and over again what it was like down the back straightaway when I came off of turn two there, looking in the mirror, saw them crashing. 


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Joey Logano races on the frontstretch of Pocono Raceway during the Windows 10 400 in August.


Okay, you hope there's a caution. But I think even that, they weren't close enough to be able to make a run.

“Man, you have a split second after the caution came out, you think about it, ‘Did we win,’ then straight chaos after that. An amazing feeling.”


POST-RACE POCONO II:

“Yeah, we have seen Pocono do this plenty of times and I really thought we were going to make it on fuel from the info that Todd gave me and I thought we would be good. Somewhere in there we didn’t get the mileage or didn’t get it full.

“Something happened. I don’t know the answer right now. We didn’t win the race. It is really frustrating over the last two weeks being so close and to keep finishing second. This time we were [20th] but we were so close to the win. I don’t really know what to say right now.”



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Joey Logano pracitces for the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway in October.

POST-RACE KANSAS II:
“If I were worried about [a Kenseth retaliation], I probably would have run about 30th every week, so I'm not going to worry about that. I'm going to drive my race car like I do every other week, and what we're going to do is be very proud of what we did today.

“I've got a very fast race car, my team did a great job, we're doing what we're supposed to do. I want to focus on that.”


POST-RACE MARTINSVILLE II:

“I got wrecked. I don’t know. What am I supposed to say about it. His race was over and he tried so hard to catch us the first time and he took out half the field, and he was successful the second time so I give that to him. It’s kind of a coward move. 

“Actually, a really coward move for a race car driver to do that, essentially someone as mature and an experienced race car driver that knows what this is all about. For us, we’re just gonna go back out there and try to salvage a point or two if we can. 


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Joey Logano behind the driver introduction stage prior to the start of the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway in October.

“We’ll go to Texas and try to win. We’re on a heck-of-a run. We were still leading the race. We’re not gonna let this take us down. This is a strong team and he’ll have his.”

POST-RACE PHOENIX II:

“You can’t help the weather. I guess it wasn’t in the cards tonight, but I’m still super-proud of what this Pennzoil team has done all year. We’ve had super-fast race cars and we really produced on the race track, executed our plan. 

“Once again, this is a high-pressure race for these guys and to see us drive to the front and have good pit stops all night, but it just didn’t work out.

Overall, I couldn’t be more proud of what we’ve done this year. 

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Joey Logano leads Denny Hamlin and others during the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November.

“We’ve still got one more race to win this year. Our heads are still high and it’s been a great season. I don’t have much to say bad about anything.”


Thanks to:
Racing Reference
NASCAR Media Group

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