NASCAR's Joey Logano growing into Sprint Cup contender

Friday June 13th, 2014
Meeting or exceeding expectations has been Joey Logano's greatest challenge as a Sprint Cup driver.
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Logano says he felt a whole lot safer on that spread than on, say, a football field—which seemed to him like a far more dangerous patch of ground than a racetrack. Still does. "In football you take a big hit, you've got to not only get back up, but you may take a big hit again," Logano explained to SI.com, six days before starting on the grid in the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway. "And then you've got to do it again next week. [NASCAR drivers] don't crash every single week—and if we do, we're out of the race. We have time to recover."

At 17, the hotshot Logano won the NASCAR East Series title and rookie of the year honors.
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There is likely to be closer to the place that Mark Martin foresaw nine years. Getting there hasn't been easy, but the kid is well on his way.

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