Logano is en­joy­ing home­town pop­u­lar­ity

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Dan Gel­ston

LOUDON, N.H.» Joey Logano can al­ways count on top billing when he races at what counts as his home­town track.

Take a walk at the New Hamp­shire fan zone and Logano’s name is on the mar­quee for the film “Cross-threaded.”

Logano stars with drag racer Robert Hight in a trailer for the faux film spon­sored by AAA that cen­ters on the buddy team search­ing for the miss­ing Golden Lug Nut.

“Turn right!” Hight urges dur­ing a high-speed chase.

“I can’t! I don’t know how!” Logano says.

Site of his first ca­reer Cup win, Logano has al­ways en­joyed a ro­bust fol­low­ing at the speed­way.

“I feel like I am Dale Ju­nior be­cause ev­ery­body likes me,” Logano said, ref­er­enc­ing NASCAR’S most pop­u­lar driver.

The 27-year-old Logano is seven points out­side the 16-driver field to se­cure a spot in NASCAR’S ver­sion of the post­sea­son. Most driv­ers au­to­mat­i­cally qual­ify for a spot with a vic­tory, but not Logano. NASCAR stripped him of all ben­e­fits that came with his April win at Rich­mond be­cause of a vi­o­la­tion.

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