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All eyes in Sin City watching the South Point 400 may have been focused on the controversial scrap between Bubba Wallace and Kyle Larson, but that didn’t bother Joey Logano one bit. As Mr. “Sliced Bread” took the checkered flag and finished an epic burnout to punctuate his victory, Kool & The Gang’s seminal hit "Celebration" must’ve been on the tip of his tongue because the smile on his face lit up Las Vegas like a child visiting Santa for the first time. His pure, unadulterated happiness was so infectious, even those watching at home couldn’t ignore his electric energy beaming straight into their noodle, and as he’s want to do, Logano took to Twitter and other social media platforms to continue the celebration.
After his cruise through Victory Lane, Logano invited a young boy up to the podium to share in his momentous win. In what can only be described as an experience of a lifetime for the youth, Logano autographed a flag for him which he posed with during the photo op. If you’ve ever wondered if there’s a “right way” to win, folks, look no further than Logano here, making dreams come true.
If a genuine display of overt tenderness to children isn’t your thing, Logano proved that the only thing bigger than his heart is his sense of humor after he stopped to sign autographs and pose with an adult fan, wearing a shirt embossed with his signature quote, “I have a hot a** wife.” As Logano explained to USA Insider at the premier of "Race for the Championship," during which fans got their first glimpse of his wife Brittany Baca's affectionate nickname, she programmed it into his phone soon after they married. Logano has also shared with reporters how satisfying it was to see his personal and professional life captured on the USA Network reality series.
“I think it was pretty good and entertaining. … It’s kinda cool to see. ... It really showed our life in a real way and an authentic way, and I think that’s what the fans wanted to see.”
If that doesn’t elicit a hearty chuckle for you, then Logano’s tweet of his final lap at Las Vegas interspliced with video of funnyman Zach Galifianakis’ character “Alan” from "The Hangover" surely will. As Logano’s No. 22 Ford Mustang cruises around the final turns toward victory, video of Galifianakis during his charter’s inaugural road trip to Vegas with Bradley Cooper’s and Ed Helms’ characters cuts into the race footage with “Alan” exuberantly declaring, “That was awesome!” Did we mention he also overlayed Elvis Presley’s anthem “Viva Las Vegas”? Well played, sir.
Logano’s Sin City win wasn’t just a social media feast. His victory at Las Vegas was his third of the year, and, more importantly, it also locked him into the final four of the 2022 Cup Series Championship. As the first driver to clinch a seat at the championship table, Team Penske’s superstar driver and his squad have a lot of juice heading into the Homestead-Miami race Oct. 23. The 2018 Cup Series champ may still be relishing his win at Vegas, but for Logano, the mission is anything but complete.
“Let’s go get a championship!” Logano yelled from inside his Ford Mustang’s cockpit. “Let’s go get one!”
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