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Joey Logano’s Surprising Admission About His NASCAR Career: ‘I’m the Guy Who Stays Up at Night Worried About Stuff’

It takes constant training and serious commitment to succeed as a NASCAR driver. The process doesn’t always leave room for a fun-loving personality — unless you happen to be Joey Logano. One of the top drivers in the sport today, Logano is also a good-natured individual, quick to smile and crack a friendly joke with reporters and fans alike.

Yet while Logano may have an easygoing demeanor, like most people he has a darker side, too. For instance, the 30-year-old revealed that he’s also a huge worrywart. Let’s look at Logano’s rise in the NASCAR world and highlight the surprising things he recently revealed about himself.

Joey Logano’s rise to NASCAR success

Logano got an early start in the world of motorsports. He began racing quarter midgets at the age of six. As a 7-year-old, he took home his first big win, finishing first at the Eastern Grand National Championship. From there, success followed, with the young Logano receiving key support from his family and also from racing veterans like Mark Martin.

Logano made his leap to NASCAR in 2008, at the age of 18, driving in five races for the Hall of Fame Racing team. He made his debut at a New Hampshire event in September, becoming the youngest driver to compete at the top level of NASCAR on a full-time basis. In 2009, Logano joined the Joe Gibbs Racing team, where he would spend the next four years.

Logano showed plenty of promise in those early years of his career. But it wasn’t until he joined Team Penske in 2013 that his prowess took a huge leap. He had a breakout year in 2014, details Racing Reference, finishing fourth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings. In 2015, he finished first in six of his races, including the Daytona 500, which he became the second-youngest driver to ever win.

Since then, Logano has remained one of the top drivers in NASCAR. In 2018, he was crowned the champion of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. He was eliminated in the Round of 8 the following year.

Logano’s surprising admission

Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, waits on the grid
Joey Logano of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford waits on the grid | Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Given Logano’s run of success in NASCAR, it’s easy to imagine him brimming with confidence at all times. He was quick to dismiss that kind of thinking during his interview with SB Nation.

At one point, the interviewer Jeff Gluck asked Logano to describe the last time he got nervous about something. Logano’s answer was brutally succinct: “I don’t know if I get nervous, but I’m a worrier. I worry about everything. When prompted to explain the kinds of things he worried about, Logano didn’t hold back, replying:

“You name it. Everything. I’m the guy who stays up at night worrying about stuff: Racing stuff, being late. On Sundays, I get quiet; won’t talk to anybody. Just thinking about different racing situations I’ve got to do. I don’t know if that’s being nervous or getting in your zone.”

That revelation may be shocking to some of Logano’s fans. Yet don’t forget that it takes a lot of courage and confidence to speak with such honesty.

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That SB Nation piece wasn’t the only time that Logano has sat down to field questions from veteran motorsports writer Jeff Gluck. The two linked up again in 2018 for another interview session. Gluck began that interview on a similar note, asking Logano how often he had dreams about racing. Logano then launched into an explanation of an anxiety dream about racing in the rain.

When Logano woke from his dream, he found that it was also raining in real life, and he had a terrible moment of fear that he was missing an actual race. He went on to explain: “Usually I have dreams about missing things. Which is probably why I’m early to everything in my life.” That story reaffirmed that, even six years and a Daytona 500 victory later, Logano still remains something of a worrier.