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Joey Logano's Racing Success Began on 1/4-mile at AMS

Friday, June 15, 2012
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Joey Logano's recent win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series may have been his first trip to victory lane this year. But for many of us, it was a very familiar site! Although his win at Pocono was the second of his career, many of us within the Legends program at Atlanta Motor Speedway are used to seeing him win and win often.

Logano’s racing success began here, and he’s part of a list of accomplished racers to have come out of Thursday Thunder, our summer racing series on the ¼-mile track at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Any time that a driver at Thursday Thunder begins to put together a string of success; a comparison to Logano is likely to be brought up. He still holds four records at Thursday Thunder in terms of winning streaks, including a staggering 14 wins in a row during the 2000 and 2001 seasons when he competed in the Bandits division in a Bandolero car.

In other words, if you were around Thursday Thunder during that time, you got used to seeing Joey Logano in Victory Lane.

And with another full-time Sprint Cup driver, David Ragan also being a product of Thursday Thunder, Logano’s win is a big statement of the caliber of drivers that have and continue to race at Thursday Thunder throughout the summer. Chase Elliott, Max Gresham and Casey Roderick are recent Thursday Thunder fan favorites who are on their way up among the NASCAR ranks. In fact, more than 50 drivers who have competed in the legends program here have moved on to compete in a higher level of racing with many doing so in NASCAR or ARCA competition.

And even today, there are no shortage of future stars of racing at Thursday Thunder. With the ¼-mile ‘Thunder Ring” being among the toughest tracks in the country for Legends racers, it attracts a high level of competition. Many legends racers know that if they can win here, they can win most anywhere else in a Legends or Bandolero car. For that reason, drivers pull into their garage stalls each week hungry for a victory.

Way back in the early 2000s, a lot of us knew Joey Logano was a guy with a lot of talent. But in racing, you need so many stars to align to even be able to race in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. We’re excited for a guy like Joey, who we saw begin to build his career before our very eyes, earn a victory by passing a likely future Hall of Famer, Mark Martin. And what’s more is that we can’t wait to see what the future holds for many of our other racers at Thursday Thunder! 

Congratulations to Joey for a job well done and for fueling the fire for legends racers across America!

Ed Clark

President and GM

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