Joey Logano Expects Aggressive NASCAR Daytona 500, Says “No One Remembers Who Finished Second”

Published 01/27/2021, 7:45 AM EST
February 22, 2015 : Joey Logano celebrateds winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona, Florida (Photo by Michael Bush/Icon Sportswire/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

For a NASCAR driver, there is just one other achievement that feels as big as winning the Cup Series championship, which is winning the Daytona 500. It is a dream trophy for any driver and not many have the privilege of calling themselves a Daytona 500 champion. Joey Logano is one driver who does.


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He won the 2015 Daytona 500 and knows what it takes to win the coveted title. As the driver’s field gets closer to the 2021 edition at the Daytona International Speedway, the 2018 Cup Series champion spoke about the significance of the big race.

Logano expressed that while the ‘Championship 4’ race could be considered by many as the biggest race of a season, it is significant only for four drivers. Meanwhile, every driver at the Daytona 500 has a shot at winning it.


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The only race you would argue is bigger than that is the championship race, and that’s only for four cars. This is the biggest race for 40 cars out there,” Logano said about the Daytona 500.

KANSAS CITY, KS – MAY 10: Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, and Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Wurth Ford, walk on pit road during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Digital Ally 400 at Kansas Speedway on in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Joey Logano looks forward to some serious ‘hard racing’ at Daytona

‘Hard racing’ is a feature in NASCAR, and Logano feels drivers get extremely competitive during the Daytona 500. This does not come from just a few drivers, but as the race goes on, the ‘pushing and shoving’ is on another level, feels Logano.

He expects much more of the same at the 2021 Daytona 500, which is less than three weeks away.

“Everyone is out there racing extremely hard. Especially towards the end of the race, the pushing and shoving becomes very aggressive. That has been consistent over the years but as the rules package changes. Especially with this new spoiler on the back of it,” the Team Penske star added.

He feels that the aggression and the shoving towards the end of the race creates a “recipe for disaster,” in a way. As per Logano, the only thing a driver can do in these situations is ensure he is among the leaders towards the end of the race and in crucial situations.

Nothing less than winning the race suffices, believes Logano

The one factor which makes the Daytona 500 exactly like the championship race is that there is no importance for finishing anywhere below the top spot, even in second place, expressed Logano. He is certain that not many people remember who finished second even in last year’s Daytona 500.

You try to collect points while you can during the stages…At the end of the race, it’s like the championship. No one remembers who finished second. No one remembers who finished second in the Daytona 500 last year. That’s just what this race is about,” the No. 2 car driver said.


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DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 22: Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, poses with The Harley J. Earl Trophy after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 57th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 22, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

Logano’s views are spot on, in that regard. Have the mindset and determination to go for the win, and nothing else eventually translates into a winning mentality. That is a key ingredient in winning the biggest sporting events.

With how the field is shaping up for the 2021 Daytona 500, it could very well be the most enthralling edition yet.


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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.