When you are a teen-aged NASCAR driver, the opportunity to set records appear boundless.
Every time you fire up your car, the prospect of achieving something no one before you has accomplished appears around the next turn.
That has been the case for Joey Logano since his first Nationwide Series race at Dover, one week after turning 18 last May 24.
Logano, who became the first 18-year-old to win two NASCAR races when he won the Nationwide race last week at Nashville, will try to win consecutive races for the first time in Friday night's Bashas' Supermarkets 200 at Phoenix International Raceway.
“I love Phoenix,” said Logano, who got his first win in his third Nationwide start. “It could be one of my favourite tracks, if not my favourite.”
That's interesting, considering Logano has yet to run there in the Sprint Cup or truck series and has one start in Nationwide, a tenth-place finish in November.
“There's just something about it - I took to that place immediately,” he said. “I ran the Camping World West race out there and won that. I should have won the Nationwide race out there last year, so we have been fast every time we've been there.”
Logano received extra time on the track in January when he participated in a tire test in his Cup car. “It's just a place that I seem to understand well.”
Logano is fifth in the Nationwide standings, the only driver in the top 15 who has not started all six races. Besides his win, he has two other top tens in five races.
Three to watch:
Kyle Busch, #18:
Busch has two wins, a second and a fifth in seven starts at Phoenix. His 449 laps led is the track record.
Carl Edwards, #60:
Edwards' average finish of 4.0 is tops among drivers with more than one start. In eight races, his lowest finish is eighth as a rookie in 2005. Like Busch, he has two wins at Phoenix, including one last year.
Brad Keselowski, #88: