A blistering final seven races put Joey Logano in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup for the first time, and now he has a chance to become the youngest champion in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history. That distinction is currently held by Bill Rexford, who was 23 years, 7 months and 15 days old when he won the title in 1950. Come Homestead, Logano would be 23 years, 5 months and 24 days.
If he can string together a series of races like he did to close the regular season, a championship is certainly within reason. Over the final seven regular season races – six of which were top 10s – Logano scored more points than any other driver (264).
Now, he enters the Chase as a first-timer, becoming the 24th different Chase driver, and looking to shock the NASCAR world. He certainly will have plenty of advice coming from owner Roger Penske and teammate Brad Keselowski.
Keselowski, of course, won the championship last year. He missed the Chase this season; much in part due to the 10 finishes outside the top 20 he suffered (he had four finishes outside the top 20 all of last season).
Still, he and Penske have that playoff pedigree – and will surely impart some of that wisdom on the Logano and the No. 22 team (this is Logano’s first season with Penske Racing). A member of the Penske Racing stable has made the Chase in each of the past five seasons.