THE MODERATOR: We are now joined by two-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, Joey Logano, driver of the No. 22 Team Penske Ford. Weíll go straight to questions.
- There was never a doubt in your mind; what was it like during the race? You pretty much dominated.
JOEY LOGANO: Yeah, we had a good car, and I told the guys, after we put it on the pit the other day: We got them down; now we put our foot on them.
Thatís the attitude youíve got to have. Itís just what it is when it comes to this level. Your feelings are checked at the door, and itís all about winning and nothing less than that.
When you get this far, I said it all week, we werenít satisfied with being in the Championship 4. There was nothing to celebrate for us. Weíve been here before. We know what it feels like to lose. Itís the worst feeling in the world, if Iím being honest, and winning is the best feeling in the world.
Itís great to be able to accomplish it. I said that this was revenge for 2020. It certainly was. Something thatís going to stick with me for a while.
Just super proud of this race team, super proud of everybody on it, not just the 22 team but everybody that puts a bunch of effort into this. You think of everyone at Team Penske, everyone at Roush Yates, everyone at Shell and Pennzoil and Ford and everybody that really supports us and not just them but their families.
You guys know how it is. Youíre gone and youíre on the road all year long, itís a grind. If you have kids, your spouse is pretty much raising your kids alone. Itís hard. Itís not just for me that way, itís everybody thatís on this whole series all year long, in hopes that you win a championship.
I found out in 2018 ó I say it all the time. I found out in 2018 how big the team really is, and I carry that weight with me now, knowing how big it is and the impact it makes on their families.
A lot more gifts under the Christmas tree now, so Iím excited about this.
- Youíre now a two-time champion; thereís only one other active multi-time champion. Whatís the significance of having a second now and chasing more?
JOEY LOGANO: Yeah, itís great. I guess I havenít really put much thought into it yet. Itís awesome to hear it.
I guess the greed in me feels like I should have four or five at the moment, so I guess the feeling is itís about time. But thatís just how I am and how I work, I guess.
This one is special for a lot of reasons, and one thing that I think probably stands out most to me is just the way Paul did it and we all did it together all the way through.
I feel like thatís probably one of the most special things. When we won in Vegas, we sat down Monday and started coming up with a meeting agenda, a bunch of meeting agendas that we can go over and reviewing film together as a team, going through pit stops, reviewing, rolling times on pit road, all these little subcategories that happened and making sure the details are all in the right place.
That was the difference maker. We knew we would have a fast race car, and we knew weíd make those decisions and weíd be close because we had plenty of time to really go through all that, and we werenít bad here in the spring.
But we knew details were going to be the difference of winning and losing. We had the advantage this two and a half weeks to really work together and do that.
Itís a grind. Iím telling you right now itís a grind the last two and a half weeks. This is all we thought about. You put everything else ó any other distraction gets put to the side. And itís tough for everybody. Itís tough for everyoneís families. But you have to. You canít waste the opportunity thatís here in front of us.
All the way through the weekend, when it came to practice and waiting for qualifying, we were in Paulís bus at 6:00 in the morning going through things. Thatís what we all did as a group together.
We were in there this morning at 7:00 going over stuff to make sure we were prepared for today. We made sure that there was no stone unturned when it came to preparing for this race. When you saw how confident I was and my team was, itís because we were truly ready.
You canít fake confidence. You can maybe show it a little bit, but truly deep down inside, you have to believe that if youíre going to be ready for this battle ahead of you.
I never felt more ready, and a lot of credit goes to Paul, for taking the time and the effort and forcing us to do it together as a team.
Thereís plenty of crew chiefs that are up that early. I get it. But theyíre not doing it together with their whole team, and I think thatís the difference maker for us.
- I know you were close with the JGR family prior to 2013. Given the tragedy earlier today, what were your emotions when you found out?
JOEY LOGANO: Yeah, I mean, I found out before the race, and I still honestly donít know the details of anything. Itís such an interesting spot as you sit there preparing to run a championship race and then you hear somebody that has been in your life, known for a while ó and I still donít know the details, but itís just sad. I donít have words to explain how that is.
I feel for Ty more than anything. When you take all the championship racing stuff out, it doesnít matter at the end of the day. Itís great that weíre up here and we won a championship, but something happens to your family, it doesnít matter. Like thatís the difference.
For the whole sport, itís a sad day. For me, itís a bittersweet type of thing because here we are winning a championship, and here we are one of the people thatís a leader in our sport and someone Iíve known for a while is gone, and I donít really know how to explain that and how hard that is.
Obviously our prayers and thoughts go to the Gibbs family and everyone over at JGR. When you think theyíve had a rough run at it, I couldnít imagine how Joe feels right now.
Yeah, I donít really know what else to say. Itís hard. I couldnít imagine. I donít know what itís like. But for Ty to lose his dad, thatís just hard.
- Roger was in here, he said that when Brad was leaving, he told you that youíre now the veteran, youíre in charge, youíve got to step up. What did you do to meet that request of his?
JOEY LOGANO: Yeah, I wouldnít say itís just me stepping up. I feel like Blaney stepped up a lot, and Austin is a good leader right off the bat, too, with this Next-Gen car.
Yes, my experience is valuable because Iíve been here a long time and I know how things work and I know how the sport works and all those type of things. Thatís all well and good. But I had to unlearn a lot of things when it came to the race car itself.
I feel like we ó Iím not the type of leader that wants to be on a pedestal above everybody and say, hey, Iíve been here the longest, listen to me.
Itís not how I do it, itís not how Paul does it, itís not what I think is best.
I feel like the best way a lot of times is to really get everyoneís opinion and gather it and form your own opinion; and if itís something you feel truly strong about, you fight for it.
And then as a team, thatís what I want: I want my teammates as drivers to voice their opinions and put something together. When we feel like something is right, we form one voice together.
Same thing all the way through it, from TC all the way down. Thatís what we want as a race team.
That means thereís hard conversations that just have to happen. Thatís good to have. As a leader, together, thatís okay with me. Iím fine with the tough conversations. I love tough conversations. Theyíre better, if you ask me. Thatís what you need. Thatís where growth comes from. It doesnít come from shoving things underneath the rug.
This is great, and thatís what ó this is where the hard conversations happen, when they come to championships at the end of the day. And when you think of what Penske was able to do this year as a team, winning an INDYCAR championship and a Cup championship in the same year, never been done before, thatís a really special thing.
I donít know what they have planned for this one, but Iím sure itís going to be a fun off-season for us.
- As you referenced, on a day that Ty loses his father, your son got to walk with you to go get the checkered flag, get in the car, do donuts, ride to Victory Lane and be a part of the celebration. What does it mean to be able to do that with your son and the perspective that it happens on a day like this with fathers and sons?
JOEY LOGANO: That just goes to prove that youíve got to cherish every moment in life. You donít know when the next one happens. You donít know when your number is called. You just donít.
We always say God has a plan. I agree with that, but it doesnít make it easier.
So thereís definitely ó itís challenging for a lot. For me having Hudson with me ó we left Jameson and Emilia at home just because this time change was ó we tried to make this happen. We really did. Knowing that we won a few weeks ago, we tried to put them on West Coast time.
Turns out Jameson wakes up at 5:00 a.m. no matter what time you put him to sleep. You can put him to bed at 10:00 or 6:30; he wakes up at 5:00 a.m. Heís a machine. We said, You know what? Youíre staying, bud. Love you.
Hudson can sleep in a little bit, so thatís good, so we brought him along.
Honestly, ever since Kevin took Keelan in Michigan for a ride in the car, I said, I want to do that. Like I always wanted to do that just because, I donít know, itís cool.
Hudson and I, like heís my oldest and we have a connection there, and heís four. The two-year-old, itís a little harder to get there. As you get older, you get to a point where you see their interest and stuff, and how do you ó every night before he goes to bed he wants to talk about race cars and he wants to talk about his go-kart in the backyard, and we have a connection of ó shoot, we read car magazines. Thatís his bedtime story. He wants to go through classic car magazines.
So heís into it. We kind of share ó heís just a little me. I see so much of me in him, itís kind of funny.
Like I said, I always dreamed of winning with him here because I always wanted to take him for a ride. Weíd go for rides in hotrods all the time together, and itís definitely not the first donuts weíve done together.
But the first time in a race car, well ó on the racetrack. Itís the first time on a racetrack that we got to do donuts together. Thatís just cool, to see him running up there, grabbing the checkered flag, thatís ó itís hard to explain.
If you have kids, you understand the love that you have for them. Itís truly unconditional love. To see him smiling and celebrate the moment together, itís truly the most awesome feeling.
And the fact that we can talk about it, right. The first time I won it, he was like nine months old. He didnít know which way was up, could barely hold his head up. Now to see him running up there and grabbing the flag and going for a ride with me, couldnít have picked a better race to do that for the first time.
- When you were doing the donuts, Iím sure you looked over at him, so what did you see? What was his face reaction, and did it look that much more different than any other donuts? As a father, what was it like to do that with your son, and what did you see?
JOEY LOGANO: Well, the race cars are a little louder than our Fox-body at home. So thatís his favorite car. We have a í91 Fox-body Mustang. He loves that car. Itís got a big ole supercharged motor in it and it does some great donuts, and thatís good.
And exhaust comes out the back, and itís not that loud, everything is okay ó it is loud, but it comes out the back, itís okay, the windows are up. This thing is a little louder, and the exhaust is right there. Like, Hold your ears, hang on. So we did some gentle donuts together.
Heís so funny because heís so quiet, and then when you get him home, and especially before bedtime when heís trying to stay awake for an extra 30 minutes, thatís when he becomes the most talkative.
Thatís the same as I was. I know Iím long-winded tonight, but I was a shy little kid that always had my head in my dadís leg all the time when I was around people, and same thing with him.
- Itís been since 1968 and 1969 since Ford has had a two-time Cup Series championship under their brand. I was wondering what that means to you to bring that back to their wheelhouse.
JOEY LOGANO: Yeah, like I said, this championship, it takes an army and itís everybody, and Ford is a big player in this and how we all work together.
Like I said, it takes a lot, and Fordís engineers and the design process of designing this Next Gen body and all the things that go along with that, itís been a grueling couple years for them and making sure they do it correctly to where we can go out there and compete for a championship. Thatís what the hopes are for.
They brought a great Mustang for us. To be able to say we won a couple championships together driving a Ford, yeah, I take pride in that, absolutely. We did it together.
Thatís why it means so much sitting here today. The relationships that you make over the years in this sport, they mean so much. With you guys or with your team members or with your sponsors, you care about everybody. Itís a special group that we all are.
To have a sponsor with Shell and Pennzoil that has been with me over the last 10 years and for many years to come, and Ford with Roger and everyone at Team Penske, I take a lot of pride in that because it means you have to do it correctly.
The short-term deals donít work out for many reasons, and when you can make them work for a long time, it means youíre doing business correctly and youíre treating people fair, and thatís what itís about. Itís all about a fair deal.
I feel like everyone is treated fairly and thatís why everyone is happy and thatís why we can win races together.
- I know you had your moment with your son in the car, but how do you celebrate a second Cup championship, and is it different from the first?
JOEY LOGANO: I mean, itís definitely ó it feels a little different, if Iím being honest. It definitely feels a little different.
But it still feels really special. What I remember of the first championship was the moment when you get out of the car and you see everybody for the first time. Thatís the most special moment of the whole thing.
I knew it was going to be this time. Last time it was a surprise. I didnít know, like, oh ó now seeing your team, seeing your wife, your kids, your mom, your dad, like just all that stuff for the first time and celebrating together and really taking a moment to really enjoy that, even more so than we did last time, I was conscious about that because itís the best moment.
That first 10 minutes is the best. Thereís just nothing like it. Itís so hard to achieve it, and you just hope to have that feeling again.
Yeah, I took my time. Iím glad I did. Because, like I said, itís just so tough to do.
- You came into the Cup Series as a young rookie in 2009 looking for a Cup championship. Now youíre a multi-time champion, a father. How has your outlook and life and winning a championship changed and evolved over time?
JOEY LOGANO: I mean, just like everybody else. Iím no different than anybody else. As you get older, your perspective on life changes. When youíre a kid, you take all the risk with no consequences. You donít think twice about anything.
As you get older, you start to realize what really matters in life and taking everything a lot more serious in everything you do and more just intentional about everything you do and why you do it and the things you say.
Because, listen, theyíre watching me. Kids are watching me now. I make sure that they ó Iím going to have to have a talk with Hudson and Jameson and Emilia one day about, yeah, dad screwed up a lot, and itís all on TV now. When youíre going through YouTube, donít do that. Thatís not the right way to do it.
But I think being honest with them is important, but it is something that, as you get older, you start to think through things differently, and you become better.
I feel like Iíve never been a better race car driver than I am today. Iíve never been more committed about it, even with more ó I donít want to call it distractions, but more things going on in my life. Iíve never had more going on in my life than I do right now with three crazy kids at home and other businesses and just stuff.
To be able to juggle all that and prioritize all that has been the difference for me. And I honestly feel like all of itís made me a better person altogether. Long ways to go, though. Iím not there yet; I can promise you that.
- Perfect follow-up to what Jonathan was talking about. The big takeaway from this week has been your confidence, not just your inner confidence but the way that youíve had this outward confidence this whole week where you feel like youíve never wavered. What has this evolution with confidence been like for you? What was it about this week that kind of spurred that in you? You said you didnít want to play any mind games and said, hey, weíre going to win this, and you were really consistent over the course of the last week.
JOEY LOGANO: Yeah, it wasnít meant to be mind games. You just asked me how I felt and I was honest, and I really felt like we were in a spot to win this thing.
I truly believe that attitudes are contagious, good or bad. And when youíre able to bring that attitude to your race team in a moment like this, as a driver there, that just carries through it.
I believe confident people win. If you donít believe in yourself, who else is ever going to believe in you? How are you ever going to win?
But I also think you canít fake that. I think of my first Championship 4 appearance, was I confident? No, I was a nervous wreck.
Are the nerves still there? Yeah, the nerves are still there. You donít want to screw it up because you got this far. But I truly felt ready as a driver, and I felt like as a race team we went through everything we can possibly go through.
At that point the confidence is real. Weíve been here before. We knew how to do things. We knew how to prepare. We went out and just did our job. We put it on the pin and then we won the race. Like that was the job at hand, and we nailed it.
Like I said, I couldnít be more proud of everybody doing that together, but we knew we were going to do it. Like that was where we were at. We had the time to think about it and go through things, and we felt truly ready. Thatís a great feeling going into a battle like this.
- Joey, Stage 2 was a little interesting there with the fuel mileage, obviously. Take me through the car and what was going through your mind as who knows if you saved enough fuel or not.
JOEY LOGANO: Yeah, I was going off the information that they were telling me over the radio of have we saved enough or where are we at. These days with SMT and stuff, they can see what Iím doing inside the car. So they can see how much Iím lifting and shifting or not shifting or short shifting, whatever I was doing in there.
So they have a better way of calculating it, better than the old days, because they can ó itís not just, hey, Iím lifting, I donít know, 100 feet or so, something like that, Iím going really fast because 100 feet goes by really quick. I donít know. Itís hard to say sometimes.
But they can now see like where Iím actually lifting on the racetrack.
I just did what they told me to do. I wanted to stay in front of the 19, just for track position purposes. I wanted to make sure that we gave ourselves our best foot forward when it came to the next pit stop. Yeah, nothing too crazy throughout it.
- In 2018 when you win your first championship, you welcome your son Hudson and then went on to win a championship and went through the emotions of that year. Now this year, right after the Clash, you and your wife give birth again, and once again you go through the whole emotions of winning another championship. What is that like, having to go through an entire season, when you have infants at home, and then maybe could they be good luck charms knowing youíve won championships both seasons that youíve welcomed new children?
JOEY LOGANO: That says that my hot-ass wife is a true bad-ass. Thatís what it says. My bad-ass wife is what I should call her. My hot bad-ass wife; howís that sound?
Yeah, it takes ó I guess itís hard at home right now. Thereís a lot of sleepless nights at times. Shoot, I get to sleep at the racetrack, so itís not as bad for me or as hard for me.
I donít know if itís a good luck thing or what it is, but itís interesting that the years that we feel like weíre juggling the most and going through a transition at home have been successful years. Even 2020 we made the Championship 4; and like I said, I always feel like that race was the one that got robbed from us. We were in position to do everything correctly, and something not of our own doing cost us the win.
I donít know what that is. I joked with Brittany: If we win, we might have to have another kid. But I donít think so. I donít think so (laughing). We might not do that. I think weíre good with three.
- A little earlier you said you told your kids, the ones that are home, that youíd be home soon but first weíre going to party a little bit. What do you envision that looking like tonight, this week, before you get home?
JOEY LOGANO: Yeah, I donít know, honestly. Itís a lot going through here. I know Iím going to LA, so I guess Iím not going home anytime soon.
I actually donít know the schedule at all, if Iím being honest. I know Iím going to LA. I donít know when I get to go back home. I donít know.
I know thereís something weíre doing tonight. I donít know where that ó I donít know. I donít know. Iím here right now, and at some point Iím going to get this sticky suit off, because thereís champagne all over it, and weíll go from there.
I have no idea. I think Iím probably here for another couple hours before I ó I think I asked you, how much longer am I here? Okay. At some point weíre going to party. I donít know when that is yet or where. Somebody has it figured out.
I shouldnít be the person that ever leads a party; I can tell you that much. Iím like the worst at partying. That might be a good thing. This isnít as entertaining as Ben was last year. Iím sorry.
- Itís not just your second championship, you just brought Paul Wolfe his second championship. I donít think anybody would have thought it would take this long for Paul to get his second. How does that feel for you as a driver working with Paul and getting him that second championship?
JOEY LOGANO: Iím just happy for him. Paul wants it bad. Like I said, the way he was preparing, what he was doing, he put a lot on him over the last few weeks. I donít know how he handles his pressure. Everyone kind of has their own way of what they do.
And Iím able to shut off when I go home. Paul is a lot quieter person than I am. If I get him to smile or cheer a little bit, I feel like Iíve really done something. I feel like he holds a lot of things inside, where I vent everything.
Itís been, I think, a tough few weeks for Paul and his family. Like I said, itís hard. And the commitment that he put in the last couple weeks, I know his family sacrificed dad time and husband time to do this.
And so obviously I greatly appreciate that. And thatís why Iím so happy for him, because it takes a lot to do it, and hey, here we are.
I know how bad he wanted it. Once you win one of these things, you just want to win another one even worse. And heís been close a few times since he won with Brad, so to bring that home with him is special.
- A lot is being made about your confidence this week, but I remember actually before the Vegas playoff race you were telling us that youíre a favorite every week. It seems like youíve had quite a bit of confidence all season long. Now, unfortunately, you havenít won 36 races this year. I was curious about what kind of strategies you use to build your confidence back up after weeks when things maybe donít go the right way.
JOEY LOGANO: Thatís a great question, and it is ó as an athlete, you have to mentally be strong. Thatís the difference with, I think, an athlete from others is that theyíre able to control their mind in high-pressure moments.
You only learn that over time your own way. You canít be somebody else. I canít be the next Jimmie Johnson or whoever. I can only be the best Joey.
Thereís times that Iím so mad at myself from a mistake, and I make them, but you also got to look at mistakes as an opportunity to learn. Without taking risks to make mistakes, you donít grow.
That to me has always been kind of, okay, I made a mistake, Iím stronger now, Iím smarter now, I learned from it, itís over, Iím the best. Now I have another reason to be better. Now I know I am the best, right. I made that mistake, Iím not that bad anymore, so now Iíve got to be better.
A bit of it is preaching to yourself. A bit of it is using these moments when youíre talking to the media that youíre kind of preaching to yourself about it a little bit.
I always feel like media day is a day that mentally I click, like Iím in. Thatís kind of my motivational moment.
So I learned to love media days for that reason, because you really believe the things youíre saying, and youíre actually thinking about that stuff outside of just the race car details.
I always feel like thatís a moment where I click on.
- Speaking of media day, I was in the interview room for NBC, and I watched all four of you guys come through, and it was abundantly obvious, like, demeanor, body language, what you said, like you were the overwhelming favorite. No one was more comfortable that day than you. I know we joke about the 32-year-old being the old man of the group here, but did you feel like that was an edge going in, did you sense that, hey, Iíve got the experience? It felt like you really kind of embraced that. Iím wondering are you embracing that a little bit more being a veteran even though youíre still so young, youíve been around so long?
JOEY LOGANO: Yeah, you try to find any advantage you can, and if experience is that, yeah, I would take that. Thatís a good thing.
I donít really know how to answer it, but I guess in a way you look at your competitors and you try to figure out, okay, where is there weaknesses.
I look at a lot of them, it was their first time here. I thought some of them were happy to be here. And when I looked at our team, we werenít in that position. That made us different.í
I think that was something that set us apart. I thought these guys are happy to be here, and theyíre trying to minimize the situation and saying that itís just another race. And at that point I really felt like we were in a great spot because Iíve been here long enough to know itís not another race, and you canít minimize the situation. Itís this big. It is huge.
It hurts extra big when you lose, and it feels extra good when you win. Thereís nothing like it.
I always felt like minimizing it just helps you sleep better at night, but thatís not the real way to do it, and I felt like it was just fake. Itís not the way I planned on it the whole year.
I love making situations bigger than what they are even bigger, because that pressure to me makes me better. Is it uncomfortable? Yeah. Is it easier for me to think in the way that ó to minimize the situation, to feel better about it? Yeah, it definitely makes me more comfortable. Let me tell you, I felt like I had a 10,000-pound gorilla on my shoulders.
Itís tough. Like, I felt the pressure. Donít get me wrong. But youíve got to learn to love it because itís right around the corner from having a moment like this.
- Itís been said all season long how people and drivers feel about their car. You won the Clash, and now you end the season as the champion, this current car. How will you look back at the season knowing all the challenges that came with it?
JOEY LOGANO: Yeah, I think everyone can probably agree itís the most challenging year and unexpected year from a lot of ways. So many different winners, for one. I didnít see that one coming.
The lack of consistency throughout the field, hard to really click off a bunch of top 5s and a bunch of wins. The teams that were strong werenít strong for super long before someone else would figure something out, and just the unexpected pieces that come along with it, whether itís the pit stops, the strategy, the way the races play out.
Boy, this year was an adventure, to say the least amount.
To think about how many things have changed from Phoenix in the spring to now, boy, weíre so much smarter with this race car now. Itís just kind of crazy to think about it all.
Yeah, it was a tough grind of a year, and a lot of times you just felt lost. A lot of times. The only thing that helped me is I realized that everyone else was lost with me. Thatís one way to stay confident is when you know everyone else is lost, too.
- And you being from Connecticut, what would be something you would tell those young aspiring competitors from the New England area that want to do this?
JOEY LOGANO: Yeah, itís neat to think about where I came from, at Silver City Quarter Midget Club in Meriden, Connecticut, getting to go up there earlier this year, they have the Grands there, and to see all the kids there and just the memories come rushing back of everything that was there and the fun that it was. Racing with your ó I was out there with my dad and just having a good time.
Thereís just nothing like it. You probably donít appreciate it enough when youíre a kid.
I always try to tell the kids that you should never take for granted the moment that you get to drive a car at its absolute limit because you donít know how long you get to do that, and itís special.
I always tell the parents that make sure itís fun at that level because thatís what itís about. Itís about having fun and competing as a kid. You donít have to add all the pressure and make it a job.
Thatís one thing I always think about kids racing these days, if you take it too serious, youíre going to have your whole life to make it serious. At this level itís a job, and the only thing thatís fun is when you win, and thatís what it is.
So thereís nothing like those moments and the dreams that you have, right? This was my dream. Iím sitting here living my dream. How awesome is that. You think about it, I wanted to be a Cup champion, and sounded kind of funny when I went to school in Connecticut and no one else raced in class, and it was just me. And I brought trophies to show-and-tell, and theyíre like, What the heck are you doing? Quarter Midget, what the heck does that even mean?
I had that dream. Maybe I was the odd one in the class, but this was it. I loved cars. I loved racing and I loved winning.
I just kept chasing my dream with all the great people around me, teaching me and learning lessons and a lot of commitment from my family, and look at us now. Kinda neat.
- Just wanted to ask you about your leadership in the sport. It seems like youíve really, especially the last couple years, taken a proactive stance on trying to be a voice within the driversí group and within NASCAR. Youíre going on Sirius every week for your time. How do you see that evolving for you now? At least it used to feel like the champion has a bigger platform. I donít know if Larson and Elliott wanted to use it as much, but you have that now for yourself. How do you intend to go with that?
JOEY LOGANO: I have a few thoughts in mind. I donít know if I should share them quite yet, but it is something I think about, to that point. You think of being a champion of the sport, youíre representing the sport. Thatís a huge task at hand.
I donít take it lightly, and I want to make the most of it because I care about us, all of us. This is all of our livelihoods, and itís our job to make it better than it was the last generation.
To me I think of the guys that raced before us and think about what they grew our sport into. It wasnít from just driving in circles all day long and ending in the same place. Thatís pretty pointless when you think of it that way.
But when you can really grow an industry together and have a part of that ó like I donít work for NASCAR, but I have a voice and I have opinions and I care about whether itís the media or the fan experience or the drivers making sure that things are safe and working together with that group, the integrity of competition out there. Those are things I think about.
This is important. Weíve got to hold true to what put us here but also not be too scared to grow and try new things.
When you think of our sport right now, weíre definitely trying new things, new car, new tracks, and you look at the Clash and how big of a success that was. You think of ó gee, itís been a long time since we had this championship format. But boy, has it brought some drama. People tune in and watch it because just crazy things happen. You can never call the playoffs now, and thatís because a group got together and came up with this awesome system. This stressful system.
Thereís a lot of things that you do. You get to sit on the board of the Hall of Fame induction group that helps vote and persuade people on who should be in next year. I look forward to that more this time now that I know whatís going on there and how it works.
Yeah, thereís a few people on my mind that I think deserve to be in there, and I plan to voice my opinion on that when I get there.
Again, you think of things like that, I have the opportunity to take advantage of, and I should. I should. Iíve been here long enough. Iíve seen a lot of great things, and weíve grown a lot together as a group.
We should celebrate that, for one, but we should always keep looking for better.
THE MODERATOR: Joey, congratulations on winning your second championship, and go enjoy the rest of the night.
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