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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Joey Logano would be wise to leave Joe Gibbs Racing, go to Penske Racing and the #22 car

The news today was that Joey Logano has two offers — including one that would have him staying with Joe Gibbs Racing (assuming the sponsorship to run is found).
“I’ve got a couple of offers,” he said.

What does that say to me? That he’s likely to leave. Why would you publicly say you have a couple of offers if you were planning to just return to your current team?

I also think his feelings might be a bit hurt in the wake of the news that Matt Kenseth was coming to Gibbs, and the rumor is Kenseth will likely take over the #20 car and the Home Depot sponsorship. And the fact that sponsorship isn’t sure is enough to likely scare him away from the team that brought him up to the sport from his teenage years.

In addition to that, Joey might want to strike out on his own and see what he could do at Penske, and it might actually be a good move.
Four-car teams rarely work well for everyone involved. With teammates like Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth, chance are Logano would be drawing the short stick as far as quality of his crew and cars.

The 22-year-old said Wednesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway that, "I'm just trying to decipher what's the best for me. What's going to give me the most trophies and win the most races out of? I could be fairly close (to a decision). I could be a few weeks out. It all depends on the next couple of days, actually."

The young driver did not name Penske as the other team he could drive for, but we all know it is Penske — who need a big name to fill in the 22 car as a teammate to Brad Keselowski. Logano and Keselowski could be a great team, especially with the switch to Fords and a alliance with Roush that will aid the organization’s development.

My advice to Joey — move to Penske. It will be tough to leave Gibbs after all they’ve done for your career, but in the long run in might be good for you. Just look what happened to Brad Keselowski when he left Hendrick for Penske. That worked out pretty well, and this move could work for Joey too.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love Joey at Gibbs, but I think you are correct...sigh.

August 10, 2012 at 6:47 PM 

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