2016 Season In Review: Joey Logano

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Joey Logano

CREW CHIEF: Todd Gordon

TEAM: Team Penske



LAPS LED: 703 – third-most in his career, but below 2015 (1,431 laps) and 2014 (993 laps)

TOP 5s: 16 (ties second-best of career in 2014 after 22 in 2015)

TOP 10s: 26 (second-best of career after 28 in 2015)

POLES: 3 (Martinsville 1, Michigan 1 and Michigan 2)

WHAT WENT RIGHT: Finished a career-best second in the final Sprint Cup standings. … Two of his three wins in 2016 came during the Chase for the Championship (Talladega 2, Phoenix 2). … Had six top-5s and two additional top-10s (plus one 11th-place finish) in nine of the 10 Chase races (other finish was 36th at Charlotte 2).

WHAT WENT WRONG: While he didn’t have the overwhelming dominant season he had in 2015 (six wins, 22 top-5s, 28 top-10s), there’s little fault of Logano’s overall season in 2016. … He had just one bad stretch overall – three straight races – in the season: crashed out at Talladega 1 (finished 25th), Kansas 1 (38th) and Dover 1 (22nd).

WHAT TO EXPECT IN 2017: Logano has tasted some of the greatest success in the sport, including winning the 2015 Daytona 500 and finishing second in the 2016 Chase. His talent and the team behind him will be what carries him to an eventual Cup championship – perhaps as early as 2017. He’s been knocking on the door for two of the last three seasons (finished fourth in 2014, sixth in 2015 and second in 2016), so it won’t be surprising if he finally kicks down that championship door this coming season.

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