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Logano readies for free agent frenzy

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Aug 08 2012 05:36:54 PM CDT
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As NASCAR free agents go, none would be more coveted than 22-year-old rising star Joey Logano.

Currently in the Joe Gibbs Racing stable, Logano wants a full-time Sprint Cup schedule that currently isn't on the table from JGR. He does have an offer to remain with the team -- despite its insistence that it hoped Logano would retire as a team member -- and his pending offer from his current employer is dependent upon finding a lead sponsor.

"I've got a couple of offers," Logano said Wednesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, adding that he's in the process of sorting through what will be best for him. "What's going to give me the most trophies and win the most races out of?"

Logano said the next few days will be critical in his decision to sign with a team for next season and beyond, but he wouldn't touch rampant speculation that his best offer was from Penske Racing. The No. 22 car was vacated by AJ Allmendinger, who was suspended by NASCAR in July and released following by Penske after his "B" sample came back positive. Allmendinger, who said Tuesday he tested positive after a one-time use of prescription Adderall, will not return to Penske if he is eligible.

Logano drives the No. 20 Toyota for Gibbs and multiple reports have Matt Kenseth jumping from Roush Fenway Racing to replace Logano in 2013. Kenseth announced in June that he had a deal in place already to leave the No. 17 Ford, which he has driven for all but one of his career starts, but per terms of his contract the deal cannot be announced until the end of August.