A failed drug test paved the way for Joey Logano to become a two-time NASCAR Cup Series champion


Joey Logano is currently enjoying his second NASCAR Cup Series title in his 15-year career. However, his journey was far from easy, especially since he filled some really big boots. It was then that he was roped into Joe Gibbs Racing’s #20 car to replace outgoing Tony Stewart in 2009. Four years later he joined the Team Penske stable, driving the car #22, and the rest was history.

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However, he almost didn’t get the round at all, as the favorite was AJ Allmendinger. However, there was a lucky break for Logano, which was a bit devastating for Allmendinger. It turned out that he had failed a surprise drug test, which practically left Team Penske in a tough spot. Fortunately, the team decided to bet on the young tenor Joey Logano.

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Joey Logano had a former teammate to thank for this chance

The driver’s name popped up in Team Penske chats, thanks to none other than Brad Keselowski. He had put pressure fiercely for the driver, who had struggled at Joe Gibbs Racing. Interestingly, Logano was 18 when he moved up to the Cup Series. He had been impressive in the Xfinity Series arena, and JGR opted to promote him to the ranks of their Cup team.

November 6, 2022; Avondale, Arizona, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Joey Logano celebrates after winning the cup championship at Phoenix Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Unfortunately, his fine Xfinity form didn’t translate to the Cup Series. In the end, he was only able to claim two Cup victories in JGR colours, before losing his No. 20 seat. Luckily, his performances were enough to earn a nod from Brad Keselowski and convince Team Penske to try his luck. 10 years later, Logano repaid faith with two Cup titles with the organization. On top of that, he amassed 31 Cup Series victories, including 29 for Team Penske.

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