Pulling extra duty this weekend at Martinsville is apparently Joey Logano’s way of kickin’ back and relaxing. Considering that the alternative is staying home an extra day to fulfill the role of Mr. Mom, perhaps the NASCAR veteran has the right idea.
After all, 200 laps on Thursday in the Camping World Truck Series and 400 more Saturday in the Cup Series have to be less stressful than looking after a newborn and two other young children, right?
The 2018 Cup series champ is heading back to the NASCAR truck series
Joey Logano will compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Thursday at Martinsville, driving the No. 54 Ford for David Gilliland Racing and sponsor Planet Fitness.
DGR made the announcement on Wednesday, and it truly is out of the blue. Logano last competed in the truck series in 2015, when he won at Martinsville. That is his only victory in seven career starts at that level.
Logano broke into NASCAR in 2008, taking rides in all three national series. He won a race that season at Kentucky Speedway for the first of his 30 Xfinity Series victories. He has since gone on to 27 wins in the Cup Series, earning the 2018 season title along the way.
Aside from the truck race, Logano will continue in his regular role driving the No. 22 Ford for Team Penske on Saturday in the Cup Series.
By the way, Cup series rookie Harrison Burton will be driving the No. 17 Ford for DGR in the truck series.
Joey Logano’s Mondays are even more demanding than his Sundays
Even as he kicked off his NASCAR season in triumphant fashion, veteran driver Joey Logano had more important matters on his mind. Logano, who is in his 15th season racing in the Cup Series, helped officially introduce the Next Gen car to racing fans in early Wednesday by winning the Busch Light Clash at the Los Angeles Coliseum.
Logano, 31, took the lead on Lap 116 of the scheduled 150 on the quarter-mile track and held off defending champion Kyle Busch the rest of the way. Moments after performing the celebratory burnout, Logano revealed that wife Brittany was giving birth the following day to their first daughter and third child.
As exciting as the news on the home front was, it added a level of complexity to the Loganos’ life. With Joey racing 36 weekends a year and on the road at other times for NASCAR and sponsor obligations, Brittany, 30, has her hands full for most of the week.
That’s why she looks forward to her husband rolling back into town late Sunday night or early the next day. That means relief is on the way in caring for the kids, newborn Emilia and two boys under the age of 5.
“Monday nights are his,” Brittany, 30, joked in a People magazine interview.
“(Joey) took the baby all night last night for me. He lets me sleep.”
Said the driver: “I’ve got to take one for the team every now and again.”
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The good news for Joey Logano is that 2-month-old Emilia is positively angelic.
“So far, Emilia has been the easiest baby,” Brittany Logano said. “I don’t know if that’s because she’s our third one and we are a lot calmer, but yeah, she’s just a really good baby. She sleeps and, most of the time, she’s quiet. I mean, her little cries are still cute.”
Though the couple told the magazine they hoped for a third child, the new arrival was a bit of a surprise. Their two boys were conceived through in vitro fertilization treatments, but the Loganos were not in an IVF program this time.
“We always said, if God blesses us with one more, that would be fantastic,” Brittany said. “Really, we never thought it would happen. But then, here came Emilia.”
Meanwhile, the happy father is already getting into protective dad mode.
“I could tell it’s going to be very different already,” he said, jokingly adding, “I already hate her boyfriend.”
All stats courtesy of Racing Reference.