Joey Logano, Joe Gibbs Racing

by KFFL Staff on January 19, 2011 @ 17:55:00 PDT

 


Joey Logano | No. 20 Home Depot Toyota | Joe Gibbs Racing

Joey Logano

After running hot and cold throughout much of the 2010 season, Logano finished the year on a scorching hot streak. The sophomore finished with 16 top-10s - the most of any driver not in the Chase. More importantly, another season of steady improvement makes him a prime candidate to break into the playoffs in 2011.

Logano finished his rookie year with three top-five finishes and seven top-10s. He improved those totals to seven and 16 last year. His average finish went from 20.0 to 16.8. He averaged a top-15 finish at intermediate tracks last year, and he emerged as a surprising short track force. In fact, road courses were the only glaring weakness for Logano last season.

The all-around talent Logano has shown in just two years is remarkable. He has three top-10s in four starts at Talladega, and he averages a top-10 finish at Indianapolis, Charlotte and Las Vegas. He has been a top-15 driver at Martinsville and Richmond, and he is a borderline top-10 option at the 2.0-mile tracks of Michigan and Auto Club Speedway. When you consider that he is still just 20 years old, it is pretty obvious why fantasy owners should be excited.

Blessed with amazing talent behind the wheel and armed with Joe Gibbs Racing equipment, Logano is primed to become NASCAR's next star. No driver has more upside heading into 2011 than Logano. It is still safer to take him in the second round of drafts, but there is legitimate chance he could perform like a first-round pick. Logano is only going to get better, and he should plenty of work from owners in all fantasy formats.

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