Saturday, February 6, 2010

Joey Logano wins the Toyota All-Star Showdown as Sergio Pena impresses with 2nd place finish.

During the Rolex 24 at Daytona, there was another race that was taking place about 2,500 miles way in Southern California at the tight half mile Irwindale Speedway for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series with the East and West coming together for one huge event. I remember watching last year’s coverage where Kevin James, star of the movie Paul Blart: Mall Cop, drives the official pace Segway of the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown prior to the Camping World race.

Or Joey Logano was disqualified for aggressive driving and taking out Peyton Sellers coming off turn 4 that handed and I mean handed the victory to Matt Kobyluck.

But 2010 saw a completely different race with in reality only two-cars in upfront battling it out for the lead and ultimately for the victory. When it comes to the format for this All-Star race, it’s a lot like the NASCAR All-Star race in May at Charlotte Motor Speedway, a big waste and confusing for the fans, I just want to go racing with a halfway break.

Anyway this race was all about two drivers, 19-year old Joey Logano and 16-year old Sergio Pena racing each other tooth and nail for the lead, it was great to watch, neither of them would back down and that’s what it’s all about.

By the end of the night, through all of the caution flags, wrecks, halftime break and more, Joey Logano outraced Sergio Pena to win his second Toyota All-Star Showdown driving Mike Olson’s car. Did anybody notice that his car was a Chevrolet with no Chevy decal, but a Toyota decal on rear bumper, think about that one…

But for me, the story of the race wasn’t Joey Logano, but it was the 16-year old Sergio Pena who made this race worth watching hands down. Lap by laps, this kid learned how to race and showed his talent. I have to imagine that several NASCAR owners took notice and someone will, if he hasn’t already, signed him to a development contract, what a racecar driver, very impressive. Now that’s the way you do it.