“I Can’t K*ll It”: Joey Logano Unravels the Thanksgiving Struggles of a Farmer Alter-Ego

Published 04/02/2024, 7:41 PM EDT

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Who knew that Team Penske driver, Joey Logano is a passionate farmer? Apart from his love of racing in NASCAR, he seems to have developed a new passion for raising animals in his backyard. Over time, he started to nurture animals, with chickens being the most favored ones that he and his family could take care of. While there are several farming animals that he would like to add to his farm, there are certain factors that limit him to just taking care of chickens. Even taking care of the chickens itself is proving to be a handful for him and his family for the time being.

Why can’t he have cows, turkeys, or pigs as his farm animals?

It was indeed a surprise for the listeners and the hosts on the SiriusXM radio show when Joey Logano revealed his farming operation. The chickens have been keeping him and his family busy, but he was asked about adding more animals to his existing farm. However, the Penske driver had a good explanation for why he just sticks to chickens when it comes to the roster of animals on his personal farm.


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One of the reasons he cited was his and his family’s unavailability, which could cause hindrance in taking care of the animals. He further went on to explain, “We talked about doing a turkey, but what you’re gonna kill this turkey to eat if for Thanksgiving? No, you’re not. You are going to have a relationship with it, you got to name the turkey. We’re not gonna kill it. I can’t kill it. I ain’t got the heart to do it.

Talking about the cows and pigs, he added, “We talked about a cow, but then you got to milk the thing every day, and some days we’re not home, so that kind of makes it tougher… Pigs the same story tough. We’re gonna eat the pig? We are not going to eat the pig. So we just do more and more chickens.”

It’s fair to say Logano is proud of his farm and the care he puts into it. However, as far as racing in NASCAR is concerned, he is still finding his groove to get started this season.

A runner-up finish at Richmond could prove to be a turning moment for Joey Logano


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It’s fair to say that Joey Logano is having a miserable start to his Cup Series season. In his first six starts, he could only manage one top-10 finish, which came in Las Vegas. Luck sure hasn’t been good on him, as he had a pair of DNFs, thus negating any chances of him scoring any points. However, Sunday night’s race at Richmond Raceway turned out to be a big turnaround for the Penske driver.

Logano was running inside the top 5 for the majority of the race and had an opportunity to even go on and win it. But Denny Hamlin, with his cheeky restart, managed to take home the win in overtime, but nevertheless, a second-place finish is huge in terms of making ground after a string of poor performances.

Sharing his mixed emotions after the race, he said, “It feels good and it doesn’t at the same time. It feels good to be in the contention to win the race, it hurts to be that close and not capitalize on it. Paul gave me a good car, everyone did a great job preparing this Penzol Mustang and gave me something that I can win with if we could get to the lead.”


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It is important to note that last season Logano finished inside of the top 5 places for both races in Martinsville. So going into the next race at the venue, he will be backing himself to get yet another positive result and continue building momentum.

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Chintan Devgania


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Chintan Mahesh Devgania is a NASCAR Writer at EssentiallySports. As someone who likes to dive deep into the sport, he often takes up less explored topics to eventually see them make their way into top stories. His report on Toyota’s young recruit, Jade Avedisian, sharing her thoughts on Late Model Racing, was an example of that.
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Shivali Nathta