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What Will Joey Logano Do in 2012?

Joey Logano sits in his car during qualifying for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Wypall 200 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 12, 2011 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

 

Joey Logano, who finished 24th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings for 2011, has much talent and potential as a professional driver. The 2009 Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year won two Coors Light Pole Awards during the 2011 season, but failed to win a race. Despite his disappointing season, the Toyota driver is only 21 years old and has a bright future ahead of him.

The current Joe Gibbs Racing driver began his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career during the 2008 Sylvania 300 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway for Hall of Fame Racing in the No. 96. By starting the race, Logano became the first NASCAR driver to run a cup race that was born in the 1990s.

“Sliced Bread” as he is nicknamed has finished as one of the top-ten driver in the Sprint Cup series 23 times, but has only won one race, the 2009 Lenox Industrial Tools 3001 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Because of his limited career experience and his age, Logano does not have the track record of being one of NASCAR’s current greatest drivers, but many NASCAR analyists have argued that he has the talent to become one of the best in the sport.

Though his 2011 season was slightly disappointing, as he wasn’t one of the top 12 drivers competing for the Sprint Cup and he finished 24th in points, his 2012 could be a lot better.  As the 2011 season progressed he gained experience, which should give him an extra boost in confidence for the 2012 season.  Also add that he has a new crew chief, Jason Ratcliff, on top of the box and this could help motivate him to succeed in the new year.

Logano is definitely a talented NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver. He will definitely increase his ability to drive in races as he progresses in age. While the future is bright for the young driver, he will need to perform better in 2012 or something tells me he could be out at Joe Gibbs Racing.

Topics: Joe Gibbs Racing, Joey Logano, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

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