This Kid Logano Can Drive!

Tom ThomasonCorrespondent IOctober 11, 2009

FONTANA, CA - OCTOBER 10:  Joey Logano, driver of the #20 GameStop/Brutal Legend Toyota, celebrates winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Copart 300 at Auto Club Speedway on October 10, 2009 in Fontana, California.  (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)

After watching Joey Logano get knocked into the fence by Greg Biffle today at Fontana, I thought his day was over. Boy was I wrong. Not only did he come back from 25th place and win, he did it against Denny Hamlin, Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski. After it was over yelled out. "Dam, how good is this kid"!

He showed alot of character by not quitting or getting so angry that it impaired his judgment. Something his team-mate Busch has been known to do.
Logano Said after the race; "I didn't think we had a shot at it after Biffle decided to put us in the wall," said Logano, who pulled away from runner-up Brian Vickers after the final restart on Lap 151. "Apparently, that was the only way he thought he could beat us, but you can't put this 20 team down.

"We never quit, kept digging all day. I definitely didn't think we had a shot at it. It was just amazing. ... That was the most fun race I ever had in my life. I went through a point there where [I said to myself] 'I don't have a shot at this' to 'Try to salvage a top 10 out of it' to bringing home a W."

He is the youngest sprint cup driver to ever win a sprint cup race. He is known as sliced bread. HE is also known as a huge pain in the rear for Kyle Busch. After losing to Joey Logano last week at Kansas, Busch blurted out something to the effect of and I'm paraphrasing, "I can't believe I lost to that Bleep again. I suck"!!

The young Busch just can't seem to beat his younger teammate in a nationwide car.
Which is unbelievable considering Kyle is considered by many to be the best wheel-man in Nascar.

Kyle has managed only one more victory this year in a Nationwide car then Logano. A fairly significant fact since Busch has been running full-time in the Nationwide series and Logano has not. Logano has an impressive 15 top tens, 12 top fives and five wins. He also has four poles with an average finish of 6.6.

Logano came into this years Nascar season with alot of fan-fare. He raced in 19 nationwide races in 2008 and showed great potential with one win, 14 top ten's, 5 top fives and 4 poles. 

Many fans were worried about Logano's mental state after his horrific crash at Dover that sent him barrel-rolling about seven times. But the kid is tougher than he looks. The always smiling and likable 19 year-old might appear to be a pushover but don't be deceived. When you get him on the track, he takes no prisoners.

He hasn't run every nationwide race this year because of Sprint cup commitments and I'm thinking the regular Nationwide drivers aren't complaining either. If he did, there might not be anyone close to him. Including points leader Kyle Busch.

He hasn't exactly stopped the presses at the Sprint cup level but, he does have one rain-out win and shows promise. We must also keep in mind that he made it clear at the beginning of the season that he planned on using this year as a learning experience.

I would have to say mission accomplished for Logano his year. He has only two wrecks this year and is 20th in the Sprint cup standings. Pretty respectable for a 19 year old rookie...