Joey Logano 2014 Stats: Points Finish 4th, 1 Pole, 5 Wins, 16 Top Fives, 22 Top Tens, Average Running Position 9.2, Average Finish 11.3, Laps Led 993, Driver Rating 106.3
Strengths – Joey Logano has now become an elite driver in NASCAR’s top series. He’s capable of performing well anywhere. Look for his best days to come at intermediate tracks, flat tracks and short tracks.
Logano was also an extremely consistent performer in 2014 and from Indy to Homestead he finished in the top 16 every race and scored the most points in the series.
Weaknesses – Talladega hasn’t been a friendly venue to him and in the last seven races he has five results of 24th or worse.
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Intermediate Track Fantasy Value – Elite
Intermediate tracks have been great venues for Joey Logano since joining Penske Racing. Last season on this track type he had two wins, 8 top fives, 11 top tens and a 10.5 average finish. He was also very consistent and only finished outside the top fifteen 3 times.
On this track type Logano is capable of winning any week and I expect to see him in victory lane a few times next year.
Last season he scored the 3rd most points on this track type. In 2013 he scored the 5th most points.
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Flat Track Fantasy Value – Elite
Joey Logano is one of the best flat track drivers in NASCAR. If it wasn’t for his engine failure at Pocono in June and crash at New Hampshire in July he would be in the conversation for being one of the best drivers on this track type in 2014. On flat tracks in 2014 minus the two races he had problems he had a 3.8 average result and finished in the top ten every race.
At New Hampshire in the Chase Logano came up big with a clutch performance and won after leading 73 laps. In July he was wrecked while running in 2nd after Morgan Shepard lost control of his car. Phoenix is the other shorter flat track and he ran strong in both races at that venue. He finished 6th in the Chase and 4th in the spring. Currently at Phoenix he has three straight top tens.
At Pocono Logano has been one the best drivers since the track was repaved. On the new surface minus his engine failure in June he has a 6.8 average finish. In the race last June he had top five potential until he cooked his engine. In August he led 30 laps and finished 3rd. In the first race on the new surface he went to victory lane.
In a Penske car Logano has performed very well at Indy. In the last two races he has a 6.5 average finish, 9.5 average running position and the 8th best driver rating.
Short Track Fantasy Value – Elite
Last season on short tracks Logano was arguably the best driver in the series. On this track type in 2014 he scored the most points, won twice, had four top fives, five top tens, a 6.2 average finish and the best driver rating.
His only result outside the top ten was the Bristol spring race and in that event he had top five potential until he had power steering issues which dropped him several laps down. In the August night race Logano avenged that problem and went to victory lane after leading 76 laps. In the night race Logano currently has three consecutive top tens.
At Richmond last season he was very competitive. He finished 6th in the fall and won in the spring after getting the lead during the last short run. In three of the last four RIR races he’s finished in the top six.
In 2014 at Martinsville Logano swept the top five and had results of 4th and 5th. In both of those events he was extremely competitive.
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Restrictor Plate Track Fantasy Value – High
Penske cars were strong at plate tracks last year and I expect that trend to continue in 2015. Between the two plate tracks I like him more at Daytona. Since July 2011 minus his crash in July 2013 he has a 10.5 average finish, a 12.7 average running position and the 4th best driver rating over that select group of races. Last season he had results of 11th and 17th.
Last season at Talladega he ran fairly well. In the fall he finished 11th and if he wasn’t a “moving chicane” and raced for himself he would’ve finished better. In the spring race he had top ten potential, led 25 laps but finished 32nd after being involved in a late wreck. In his five Talladega races prior to that event he had a 26.6 average finish. In four of Logano’s first five Talladega races he finished in the top ten.
Road Course Track Fantasy Value – High
I would consider Joey Logano a solid dark horse fantasy option on road courses who’s capable of coming home with a good result. Between the two venues I like him more at Watkins Glen. In three of the last four races at that New York track he’s finished in the top seven. His one result not in that range was due to a broken shock mount. In the last two Watkins Glen races he’s finished 6th and 7th.
At Sonoma he’s also run well. Last season he finished 16th. Over the last four races he has a 10.8 average finish and the 12th best driver rating.
Last season on this track type he scored the 8th most points. In 2013 he scored the 6th most points.