Joey Logano Set To Make Daytona History

Jen PrestonSenior Analyst IJanuary 30, 2009

He's just eighteen years, eight months and 22 days old, but Joey Logano is already set to put his name in the record books. Again.

Last May he made his Nationwide Series debut, and in his first three weeks he racked up two poles and a victory.

Next, "Sliced Bread" is set to become the youngest driver to ever start a Daytona 500.

If Logano wins, he'll shatter four-time Winston Cup champion Jeff Gordon's record, as he won it at an "aging" 25-years-old.

While many believe Logano was pushed into the Cup Series too early, replacing ten-year veteran Tony Stewart at Joe Gibbs Racing, no one can deny his intensity, focus and determination on the track.

Along with his history making start at the Great American Race, "Sliced Bread" will also be competing in the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 ARCA/REMAX Series event on the same day he competes in his first Budweiser Shootout.

Despite the mounting pressure, however, the young Conneticut native, who just attended prom last spring, is keeping his head on straight.

"In this sport, you have to be more mature about it than other sports," Logano recently told ESPN's Marty Smith. "Sponsors spend millions of dollars on us."

FOX Sports, among a chorus of others, has called Logano both "the next big thing" and "the show," and the Cup Series rookie is looking to impress.

“Personally, I’ve been through a lot of pressure through my whole career really," Logano said. "From signing with Joe Gibbs Racing to last year jumping in the Nationwide car. All of that stuff is a lot of pressure. Yeah, it has ramped up a little bit more, but I think having all of that pressure has got me prepared for this moment, so it’s not as big of a shock for me.”

“For he that expects nothing shall not be disappointed, but he that expects much - if he lives and uses that in hand day by day - shall be full to running over.” - Edgar Cayce

Thanks to ESPN, Jayski, Racing-Reference, and WRAL out of the fabulous North Carolina for the quotes and information used in this article.