Young Joey Logano has taken a lot of flak from die hard NASCAR fans in his first few years as a big time driver.
His wealthy upbringing and the amount of success he reached before he turned 20 definitely fueled that fire, but with only two wins in his first 152 Sprint Cup Series races, he hasn't been entirely relevant.
Well, that has all changed over the last three weeks. A NASCAR fan could get by without really having an opinion on Logano until his run-in with former teammate Denny Hamlin at Bristol. It was obvious Joey wasn't happy with Denny ruining his day, but I'm not sure we thought that feud would literally decide the race the next week at Fontana.
While Logano went after the victory and happened to break Hamlin's back in the process, it was really an encounter after the race with proverbial hothead Tony Stewart that commanded the attention of the NASCAR world. Whether or not you believe Joey did the right thing, he reacted and explained his opinion calmly, thoroughly, and intelligently.
This new Penske Joey Logano is making NASCAR fun and more entertaining for die hard fans and it is bringing new fans in to see what will happen with the No. 22 car.
Here are the top five reasons this is the case.