Barring any last-second health issues, Logano will participate in this year’s Daytona 500. Logano has participated in The Great American Race every year since 2009 and he even won at Daytona in 2015.
If Logano wins this year’s event, he’ll be smiling for photos and posing with the trophy. However, as Logano recently explained, don’t expect him to be satisfied if he walks away a champion.
Joey Logano won the Daytona 500 in 2015
Joey Logano enters the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series campaign with 26 victories and 221 top-10 finishes to his name.
Logano’s performances in the Daytona 500 have helped those numbers. Through the 2020 season, Logano had six top-10 finishes at The Great American Race.
Five of those finishes came from 2015-19. Logano also placed ninth in 2012, his final year with Joe Gibbs Racing.
Logano won’t be satisfied if he wins the race this year
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Just showing up to the 2021 Daytona 500 will be an improvement for Joey Logano, at least compared to what happened last year.
Logano placed 26th at the 2020 Daytona, his worst finish at the event since ending 2009 in 43rd place. The 2018 Cup Series champion hadn’t placed outside of the top-11 since 2013, when he had a 19th-place finish.
In an interview with The Arizona Republic ahead of this year’s Daytona 500, Logano was asked if he’d be satisfied with a victory.
“No, because it’ll mean I’ve won two and I’ll want three,” Logano responded.
The veteran NASCAR driver elaborated on his reasoning.
“Yeah, I’m not satisfied. Like, it’s never enough. I know in life saying ‘it’s never enough’ is not a healthy thing, but in sports, I think it’s the healthiest thing you can have. Saying, ‘Where is there more? Where is there more?’ I think that’s what’s kept our consistency there.”
There’s being humble, and then there’s how Joey Logano feels about competition. If he wins, Logano should credit that attitude when he’s conducting socially-distanced interviews.
What do the odds say about Joey Logano’s chances?
Oddsmakers are confident that Joey Logano will have a strong finish at the 2021 Daytona 500.
Denny Hamlin, who won the event in 2019 and 2020, leads the pack at +700. Ryan Blaney is just behind those four at +1000.
Bubba Wallace has seen his odds increase ahead of the race. After spending several days at +2500 odds, Wallace is now at +2200 with Austin Dillon and Ross Chastain.