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Joey Logano Cleared the Rookie Hurdle, but He’s Not out of the Woods Yet

  Joey Logano was fed to the wolves a year earlier than expected and at first he performed just as many expected: He crashed...a lot. After finishing 43rd in the Daytona 500 in February, subsequently putting him 43rd in points, Logano and the No. 20 Home Depot team got to work, and week after week Logano got just a little bit better. Soon crew chief Greg Zipadelli was giving Logano homework each week to prepare for the upcoming race weekend. The two began to click by midyear and Logano’s confidence continued to grow. In late June he captured his first career win, at New Hampshire, thanks to Zipadelli’s fuel mileage gamble. With the win, Logano surpassed teammate Kyle Busch as the youngest Sprint Cup winner in NASCAR history. Four m...

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