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Published on May 30th, 2008 | by Ron Ripple


Little Lagano’s Debut this weekend

Ok…. If you’re not sure who Lagano is… he’s NASCAR’s biggest hype since the invention of the wheel.  He’s the young kid that so many claim to be the next superstar and the kid Joe Gibbs has taken under his wing since 2005.  Joey Lagano has just turned 18 years old and is officially allowed to enter into a NASCAR race.  So this weekend is his debut at Dover Interenational Speedway racing in the #20 GameStop Camry in the Nationwide Series owned by Joe Gibbs.  Will he make history and become NASCAR’s most talked about driver?  Who knows but he better do well this weekend or he’s going to let down a lot of people.

NASCAR’s Biggest Hype meets NASCAR’s Biggest Fan
 Joey Lagano has been described by many including Mark Martin as a driver who “can be one of the greatest who ever raced in NASCAR.” He ws 15 years old when Mark Martin said this to Joe Gibbs, so Joe Gibbs saw the talent and took him under his wing by signing him to his developmental program.  Obviously he impressed Gibbs over the past few years because this weekend he will be testing his skills with some of the Nationwide Serie’s best drivers.

It sounds like some big shoes to fill if you ask me.  I’m glad to see this little guy’s nuts finally dropped and is allowed to start racing with the big boys.  This is going to be a lot of fun to watch… he’s jumping in the #20 car who has been driven by Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin, and Kyle Busch.  The car is a proven winner and has won 6 out of it’s 13 starts this year.  So this weekend it’s all up to Lagano to prove to the world what everyone’s been speculating. 

If you want to ask me what I think is going to happen this weekend, I’d have to say… Lagano is going to have a good start, he’ll end up holding a solid top 12, then he’ll decide to start making moves on drivers to try and gain positions.  He’s going to eventually over step his boundaries and make a mistake, he’ll either tap the wall or get loose and spin out.  If he doesn’t spin out he’ll earn a top 12 position and get even more hype from the NASCAR community.  But I think he’s going to learn a lot over the next few racers and I do think he’s got potential to make some money and win some races.

 What are your predictions for Little Lagano this weekend?  Is he going to live up to the HYPE he’s been getting for the last three years?  Give me some details… I wanna know what you all are thinking.
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I'm Ron Ripple, Featured in Forbes Magazine as NASCAR's Biggest Fan, I'm 3 time Junior Mr Olympia. When I'm not drinking beer and watching NASCAR, you can find me in the local gym doing squats. Let's go racing!

14 Responses to Little Lagano’s Debut this weekend

  1. Considering that I have not yet seen him race, I cannot say. I think he will do just fine though. And he will squeak out a top 10 finish. I think i heard a small interview from him, and he says that he has to work on pitting.

  2. Craig says:

    I will predict a top 20. The kid is fast but this is the big time now!

  3. Racerboy says:

    I’m a 16 year old racer that would love to have the opportunity Joey is getting. i hope he goes out there and gets a win his first race

  4. Looks like he is in the top 5 of the practice charts of the Busch series, I think he will do just fine. 🙂 After all he is in the car that has the goods, so if he has the skills, he should be able to perform.

  5. I believe he will get a top three! Go Joey Go! And yes I am…On my way. Dale Dodge Jr

  6. After seeing this kid in an interview for the race, and seeing his story, I really like him alot, and I was pulling for him to win! I was glad to see him get a top 10 finish. Almost a top 5.

    I am interested to hear him on his radio though!

    I wonder if i can do that 🙂

  7. Craig says:

    Wow! This kid is going to be fast!

  8. Alan P says:

    he ran great

  9. Ron Ripple says:

    The kid did incredible. i’m watching the Sprint Cup race right now and they just had a HUGE accident. Not a good start so far!

  10. OOPS! I forgot the race was already on!! OMG, good thing I just read that ron. *GOES TO TURN ON TV NOW*

  11. Ron Ripple says:

    Komodo… it’s going to be a long race. 350ish laps left. Biffle is dominating thus far.

  12. Tim Zaegel says:

    I’ve gotta say that Logano was a bit more impressive than I’d anticipated. I liked the way he handled himself after the incident with Kahne on pit road.

  13. GREAT finish for Lagano. Hope to some day get the opportunity to do the same. Dale Dodge Jr.

  14. Tara says:

    I think Joey is an awsome person! He rocks at NASCAR,i think he could win a race in the future. I really like Joey and a matter of fact i have a crush on him,and its a big one! I hope he does really good this season and beat Jimmi Johnson. Even though i am a girl i would love to be able to do what he does.

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