When it comes to fans' perception of a particular athlete, what a difference a few months can make. Just ask Joey Logano.
The 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) season was a pivotal one for Logano. His Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) team hired 2003 Cup Series champion Matt Kenseth away from Roush Fenway Racing to replace Joey in the No. 20 Toyota midway through the year, making the young driver a lame NASCAR duck looking for a new flock.
Meanwhile, a failed drug test resulted in the suspension of A.J. Allmendinger, driver of the No. 22 car for Penske Racing. Pretty much any unemployed or semi-employed driver you can think of - guys like Brian Vickers and David Ragan come to mind - were considered for the seat, but in the end Logano was chosen as the man for the job.