NASCAR Awards to air at 8 p.m. ET Saturday on Peacock
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Joey Logano didn’t need much time to answer the question.
Who would the two-time Cup champion want to introduce him at the NASCAR Awards?
Racing icon Mario Andretti, Logano immediately said.
And there was Andretti on the stage at the Music City Center introducing Logano, the 2022 Cup champion. Watch that and the rest of the night’s festivities at 8 p.m. ET Saturday on Peacock. You can order Peacock here.
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NBC Sports’ Marty Snider and Kim Coon co-hosted the show along with Fox Sports’ Kaitlyn Vincie. The Cup, Xfinity and Truck champions were honored. Xfinity champion Ty Gibbs, whose father died hours after Gibbs won the Xfinity title last month, received a standing ovation and thanked the industry for its support.
The highlight of the night for Logano was having Andretti on stage to introduce him.
“He’s just been a great role model for me, not only as a racer, but as a person for so long,” Logano said afterward. “I had his picture on my wall. I looked at Mario Andretti before I went to sleep every night as a kid. I thought it was the coolest thing that he signed it to me.”
Logano and Andretti have gotten to know each other through the years. Logano ran a throwback car that honored Andretti at Darlington Raceway in 2015 and 2021.
But none of that compared to being on stage with Andretti.
“That’s still like a pinch-me moment,” Logano said. “It’s Mario Andretti. He’s the man. The fact that he knows my name I think is really, really cool.”
Catch the NASCAR Awards at 8 p.m. ET Saturday on Peacock