When Joey Logano turned 18 on May 24th of this year the NASCAR garage celebrated the arrival of one of the most talented drivers into the stock car national scene. At Lowe's Motor Speedway the media centre was packed with journalists as Joe Gibbs Racing announced that their young hopeful was set to make his Nationwide Series debut at Dover a week later.
Obviously the announcement had to do a lot to do with a sponsor, but there was a special buzz about the event with this kid from Middletown, Connecticut, who sat in the middle of his bosses Joe Gibbs and JD Gibbs answering to questions from the media that covers the series all year long. After all, he was being handed a winning car for his debut.
There was even a birthday cake for the occasion in the shape of his Nationwide Series car with the number 20. And there was the actual car just outside the media center too, just in case someone missed a glimpse of the cake before it fell under attack from the hungry journos.