Some idiot made a friendly wager before the season that 18-year-old Joey Logano would finish in the top 15 of the final Sprint Cup standings. No alcohol or drugs were involved. It was just a gut feeling, one you have before the engines roar for the first time.

So I'm going to lose.

The kid is 30th after 11 races.

But Logano, as Mark Martin said before his former protege was old enough to get a driver's license, is the real deal.

If you weren't convinced before Saturday night's race at Darlington...

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