A quick survey here; who thought that Joey Logano would score a Sprint Cup victory before Brad Keselowski this season? Yeah, that’s what I thought, and I’ll bet the two hands I see in the back are Joey’s parents. Dare I mention that with three wins in his Cup career, this kid the many thought was going to be a bust has one more victory during the span of his career than NASCAR’s most popular driver? I’m not looking to start a fight, it’s just an observation that maybe Joey Logano really does belong after all. I have more to say about Dale Earnhardt Jr. later- hang in there Junior fans.
What a weekend for owner Roger Penske. Logano’s victory comes one day after A.J. Allmendinger piloted Penske’s ‘22’ to another win on a road course at Mid-Ohio. For this fan, it’ s a win-win: Allmendinger and Logano are tales of redemption, and by all accounts Roger Penske is one of the more stand up owners in the business.
Let’s face it, where Logano’s concerned, a lot more people had him going the way of Casey Atwood than the way of Jeff Gordon. One may argue Long Tall Joey has a ways to go to truly become “Sliced Bread,” but there’s no denying the kid belongs. Was he brought to the Sprint Cup series too soon? Who knows? From here, it looks like Penske has a nice young one-two punch with Logano and Keselowski.
Do you think Logano finds a certain sweetness in holding off Kevin Harvick? I have an opinion about that.
Let’s just say this win provides a nice little “in your face” to everyone spouting that “Trust Fund” talk. Personally, I want to upchuck every time someone criticizes a young athlete because either his parents were famous (like Earnhardt) or “rich” (like Joey Logano.) Such talk smacks of sour grapes and jealousy and makes otherwise savvy men as Tony Stewart look like petulant children.
I also saw a few negative comments concerning Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s comments on TV following the race. For those of you a little slow on the uptake, Junior is not comfortable on camera, on the spot. He never has been, nor will he likely ever be. The man was having a good race and a tire went down. If you weed through it all, it seems from here Earnhardt has a healthy attitude about his performance, and his consistency. Some days, the breaks don’t go your way. As for those who say he’d never be where he is without his last name, give it a rest. That’s something we can never know. Nothing against them, but it sure doesn’t like the Earnhardt name has given Kerry or Jeffrey any breaks. Are you going to tell me Dale isn’t a better driver than they are? This kind of talk is pure foolishness.
Allmendinger’s win validates him as a driver who belongs. Logano’s victory gives “The Captain” two car in Chase contention. Remember- I said Brad would make it. As crazy as this season has been, don’t rule out Joey Logano.