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A Different Slice
There's something to be said for taking advantage of second chances, and Joey Logano is a perfect example of how to do that.
You know the story, Logano was tabbed early, by Mark Martin, as the next great thing. He landed with Joe Gibbs Racing and was learning the ropes in the, now, Xfinity, Series. When Tony Stewart bolted for the opportunity to be a car owner, the Gibbs folks elevated Logano to Stewart's old ride; admittedly too soon.
When the Gibbs folks had an opportunity to get Matt Kenseth, Logano was the odd man out. The change of scenery to Penske was the best thing to happen to him.
Brad Keselowski saw the ability and so did Roger Penske. From Logano's standpoint he got to come into Penske with a clean slate; not saddled with any baggage of being the kid who took Tony's ride.
His pairing with Todd Gordon has been one of those hand-in-glove deals. They've now combined for 9 wins the last two years and are a pretty good bet to be in the finals for the second straight year.
We've always know that Logano had the talent, but it's his attitude that has played a big part in his surge to elite status. Rather than sulking about lost opportunity, he embraced this second chance, and it's paying huge dividends for him and Penske. And, it's easy to forget that he's only 25.