Bittersweet Win for Logano as Gibbs Family Mourns
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Joey Logano began his career at Joe Gibbs Racing as a 15-year-old signed to a driver development deal. There was a plan to develop Logano but it was scrapped when JGR fast-tracked him to Cup after just 19 Xfinity Series starts because Hall of Famer Tony Stewart left ahead of the 2009 season. Logano wasn’t ready for the big leagues, and JGR let him go after four rocky Cup seasons. He landed at Team Penske and on Sunday won his second Cup championship with his victory at Phoenix Raceway. But it was a tough day for Logano, who learned shortly before the start of the race that Coy Gibbs, vice chairman at JGR, had died in his sleep.