From the Marbles - NASCAR

NASCAR drivers will race pretty much anything up to and including grocery store carts if you let 'em, and this past weekend, Joey Logano and his pals proved that true yet again.  Logano, Boris Said and others hit the ice for the fifth annual Lucas Oil Geoff Bodine Bobsled Challenge. Alas, there was no grocery cart racing, but the bobsleds cruised just fine.

The challenge pitting NASCAR and NHRA drivers against one another took place at Lake Placid, New York. Those of you with a bit of age on you may recall that Lake Placid was the site of the U.S. men's hockey team's Miracle on Ice. And should you recall that "do you believe in miracles?" evening, this'll make you feel old -- when that happened, Logano was still ten years away from being born. Jeez.

Anyway, the young pup was running in his third bobsled event, and bested Todd Bodine in the NASCAR drivers' heat to reach the championship match. Against the NHRA's Melanie Troxel, the first woman to run the event, Logano's run of 49.81 seconds bested Troxel's 50.08 by thismuch.

The event benefits the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project, designed to provide American-made sleds for the U.S. men's and women's teams. (Wait, doesn't Logano drive a Toyo--er, never mind.) And with the Winter Olympics coming in a month, it's probably about time the Olympic team starts thinking about buying some sleds. The event will be shown on SPEED on Jan. 24 and Jan. 31.

And the fun doesn't stop for Logano; Monday morning, he was the guest of honor at his hometown Middlesex County, Connecticut's Chamber of Commerce monthly breakfast. I hope they had a waffle-making station. I love those.

Icing the Competition [Hartford Courant]

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