“It’s Up There” – Joey Logano Reveals Where Bristol Dirt Win Ranks Among His Biggest NASCAR Wins

Published 03/30/2021, 8:15 AM EDT
Mar 29, 2021; Bristol, TN, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Joey Logano (22) wins the Food City Dirt Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports


Joey Logano, one of the ‘non-dirt guys’ going into Monday’s NASCAR Cup race at Bristol, ran a brilliant race to win the Cup Series’ first dirt race in over 50 years. While many did not know what to expect ahead of the race, winning it was on every driver’s bucket list.

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Logano stayed out of trouble, got himself up the ranks in the race, and eventually held off Denny Hamlin to win in an overtime finish. The former Cup champion was ecstatic, to say the least, and gave his thoughts on the ‘special win.’

The Team Penske star expressed that winning at Bristol always feels good. Winning a dirt race there is extra special, just because the NASCAR Cup drivers are not used to running on dirt tracks, and Logano ranked Monday’s win among some of his best.

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Mar 29, 2021; Bristol, TN, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin (11) and driver Joey Logano (22) during the Food City Dirt Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

“Coming back to Bristol, winning a dirt race, yeah, it’s special obviously. It’s up there,” Logano said after the race.

Joey Logano highlights special feat after Bristol dirt win

Logano has now won at many different types of race tracks that NASCAR has competed on in recent years. This feat is something Logano is very proud of.

“Winning on dirt, that’s something special. You say now I won on superspeedways, short tracks, and dirt tracks. That’s kind of a neat thing to put on your resume I guess,” he said further.

When asked to compare his win with some of the biggest events in the sport, like the Daytona 500, Logano expressed that he does not believe it to be a fair comparison.

“Daytona, Brickyard, Southern 500, Bristol, they’re all big races, right? They’re all kind of crown jewels that we look at. Coke 600 I’d put in that as well. It’s definitely a big race to win. Definitely, one you want to have on your bucket list,” he added.

Logano sets his sights on the ‘biggest prize’ of all

The biggest one for Logano, however, is the championship race at Phoenix. He has his sights set on the big prize and sees the Bristol dirt win as a big step in that direction. Logano has already booked his place in the playoffs with Monday’s win.

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He came very close to lifting a second Cup title last year after making the ‘Championship 4.’ However, he could not get the job done as Chase Elliott ran away with the title.

With the Bristol dirt race now out of the way, the Cup drivers will focus on some of the more known tracks in the weeks ahead. Logano will now be a lot more confident after his maiden win in 2021 and would certainly aim for many more wins before the playoffs.

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Aayush Majumdar

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Aayush Majumdar is a NASCAR content strategist, a Tennis Writer, and a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. He is well-tenured as a tennis and NASCAR writer, with over 900 articles across both sports. After pursuing a Post Graduate program in Sports Management, Aayush explored various roles in Sports Media, including a Sports Reporting role at a leading English daily.

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