Joey Logano enters the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) season poised to return to the winning ways of his previous campaigns with Team Penske as he begins his 10th full-time tour of premier series competition.
Although the driver from Middletown, CT posted one points-paying MENCS victory in 2017, with an additional win in the season-opening “Clash” at Daytona, the year was far from what the 27-year-old competitor had envisioned when it began. Despite some strong performances, Logano and the No. 22 Ford Fusion team did not earn a spot in the MENCS Playoffs for the first time since 2012.
Logano still played a key role in a Team Penske NASCAR championship last season as he was part of an all-star driver lineup on the team’s No. 22 Ford Mustang in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS). The team captured its fourth NXS owner championship in the past five years.
Team Penske announced during the 2017 season that Logano will continue to pursue race wins and championships for years to come with the popular NASCAR star extended to race the Shell-Pennzoil Ford for the team through 2022.
During the 2016 season, Logano won three races and made his second appearance in the Championship Four at Homestead-Miami Speedway, as he finished a career-best second in the final MENCS point standings. Entering the 2016 season, Logano had won more races (11) than any other driver in NASCAR’s premier national touring series and he was the pick of many industry experts to win the elusive title entering 2017.
The successful 2016 season followed an impressive 2015 that saw Logano win a series-high six races, including the biggest event of the season – the Daytona 500. Logano went on to record five more victories, including his sweep of the MENCS Playoffs Round of 12 by winning Charlotte, Kansas and Talladega. In all, Logano scored 22 top-five and 28 top-10 finishes, while he won six pole positions and led 1,431 laps in 2015. The totals eclipsed his previous best season in 2014, when Logano produced five wins, 16 top-five finishes, 22 top-10 results and 993 laps led.
Todd Gordon returns to lead the No. 22 Ford Fusion team in 2018, marking his seventh season as crew chief of the team. Logano and the team will welcome a new addition in 2018 with spotter TJ Majors. Majors is no stranger to the NASCAR spotter’s tower, having spotted for Dale Earnhardt Jr. since 2008 – a year before Logano began his full-time NASCAR Cup Series career. Although it marks a new full-time pairing for this season, it won’t be the first time that Majors has spotted for Logano. The duo worked together in a 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck series race at Rockingham Speedway where Logano raced among the leaders and ultimately finished second.
Logano’s No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil/AAA/Auto Club of Southern California/Autotrader Ford over-the-wall pit crew will return in 2018 with a only a change at the jackman position as Chris Conklin joins Kellen Mills (gasman), Thomas Hatcher (front tire changer), Dylan Dowell (tire carrier) and Zach Price (rear tire changer). The rest of the Shell-Pennzoil team remains a picture of continuity, as the personnel is essentially the same as the two previous seasons.
Logano will also continue to compete in select NXS races for Team Penske in 2018.
Away from the race track, Logano and his wife Brittany welcomed the addition of their son, Hudson Joseph Logano in the off-season. The Loganos also continue their charitable work with the Joey Logano Foundation, which begins its sixth year of operation in 2018.
In addition to his role as an analyst on FOX Sports Race Hub and select NASCAR XFINITY Series race broadcasts, Logano has made numerous appearances on Discovery Channel shows, including Fast N’ Loud and a new project coming to the channel in early 2018.
Logano Key Accomplishments
- 2015 Daytona 500 Champion
- Two appearances in the NASCAR Championship Four (2014, 2016)
- 18 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Victories
- Five NASCAR XFINITY Series Owner Championships (four with Team Penske)
- 28 NASCAR XFINITY Series Victories
- Over 8,800 laps led in NASCAR’s three national touring series
- Youngest winner in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series history (19 years, 35 days)
- Youngest winner in the NASCAR XFINITY Series history (18 years, 21 days)
- 2009 MENCS Rookie of the Year