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19 JOEY LOGANO
LARS ANDERSON
January 12, 2012
2011 RESULTS 0 wins, 4 top fives, 6 top 10s
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January 12, 2012

19 Joey Logano

2011 RESULTS 0 wins, 4 top fives, 6 top 10s

2012 OUTLOOK Joe Gibbs will need to see results from Logano, or the fourth-year driver could be demoted.

WHAT happened to Sliced Bread, that 18-year-old star in waiting? Three years after entering the Cup series full time with as much hype as any rookie in recent memory, Logano, now 21, has yet to show he's capable of consistently running in the lead pack. Last year he came in 24th overall—a career low. Logano possesses impressive car control, but he struggles to make in-race adjustments once his number 20 Toyota becomes difficult to handle. His team owner, Joe Gibbs, has been patient with Logano, but if the young driver doesn't show dramatic improvement in 2012—and there's little evidence to suggest that he will—then he may be forced to take a ride in the Nationwide Series in '13.

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