Pro Cup Rookie Title Still on Joey Logano's Mind 15-Year-Old Joe Gibbs Racing Development Driver Looking To Improve At Motor Mile MOORESVILLE, NC (November 2, 2005) -- Before the start of the five-race "Four Champions Championship Series" for...
Pro Cup Rookie Title Still on Joey Logano's Mind
15-Year-Old Joe Gibbs Racing Development Driver Looking To Improve At Motor Mile
MOORESVILLE, NC (November 2, 2005) -- Before the start of the five-race "Four Champions Championship Series" for the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series, no one would have given young Joey Logano much of a shot at the Championship or Rookie of the Year titles. He came into the championship race seeded 44th, and started 120 points out of the lead.
But the Joe Gibbs Racing development driver is no ordinary driver. The 15-year-old had proven time after time that he cannot be overlooked. He came right out in the first race of the championship series and proved that by finishing second.
Now, with two races to go in the Pro Cup season, Joey has vaulted himself to 19th in the point standings (out of the 58 drivers who earned invitations to the Championship Series). And even though he sits 173 points out of the championship lead, he is just 56 points behind Rookie of the Year points leader (and fellow Joe Gibbs Racing development driver) Woody Howard.
"We are still gaining on these rookie points," said Joey. "That is what we are shooting for. I think we've got a shot at it too. We just need to keep getting top five finishes and to stay out of trouble."
Staying out of trouble is what led Joey to a third-place finish at Motor Mile Speedway, the site of this weekend's Dan Duncan Memorial Kroger 250, earlier in the season in Northern Division competition.
"We tested there Thursday. The car seemed pretty good, so I think we'll be alright. The car turned well, which is key at that place.
"It has been really helpful to go back to these tracks a second time," said Logano. "You learn a lot more during a race weekend then you do during a test session.
"Most of the time, there are only about 10 cars on the lead lap at the end, so staying out of trouble is important. If you are there at the finish, you can finish well."
In the last championship series race, a couple of weeks ago at Myrtle Beach Speedway, being there at the end of the race was something that Joey and his team were able to do. It didn't always look like it would be that way though, as Joey lost a lap early, then fought motor problems late. He was able to make his lap up and hold off the engine problems for a ninth-place finish.
The ability of the team to come back from such adversity will hopefully continue into this weekend.
"That was a good finish for us for sure, even though the motor went bad," added Joey. "We had a better car than what we finished with, but it was nice to be able to come back and get back on the leap lap and get a decent finish out of it. Even though we could have finished better, it builds the confidence for the whole team."
The Dan Duncan Memorial Kroger 250 on Saturday, November 5th is set for a 6 pm start.