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Joey Logano returns to the scene of his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory a year ago when the circuit visits New Hampshire Motor Speedway for Sunday's Lenox Industrial Tools 301.

The Joe Gibbs Racing driver was declared the winner of the 2009 edition of the race when rain stopped the event short of its planned distance.

But that didn't dampen Logano's feeling of accomplishment. And the second year driver looked back on how he's changed since that historic day.

"I think as a driver I've changed a lot from that moment,” Logano said. “I think as a person, I don't think I've changed much at all. I'm still the same Joey that's been growing up my whole life. So nothing's changed there.

“But as a driver, I'm night and day different. And I feel like that's a good thing. We've got a long ways to go to get to where I need to be, but definitely making big strides every day when we get on the race track. So that's a good thing. Got to keep working hard and try to get better.”

Logano was in the spotlight earlier this year when he and Kevin Harvick were involved in both an on and off track incident. But that's all part of the process according to Logano of becoming someone who can compete regularly in NASCAR's top division.

“Knowing what you want in the car at certain race tracks, that's something that you figure out, I think, as you keep going,” Logano said. “Some places I think I have that really figured out. Some places it's unknown. Those are things you try to figure out, working with your team, all that stuff.

“It all comes together. It's a bunch of little things, too. It's not one big thing a light switch goes on and it's like, ‘Oh, my God, now I got it.’ It definitely takes a bit of time and trying to figure it out. And it takes a lot of hard work."

Maybe the most important attribute Logano has acquired during his first year and change as a Sprint Cup Series driver is experience.

“The biggest thing is I have a notebook now I can look at when I go to these race tracks and say, ‘This is what I fought last time and this is what I need to look for in practice’ and help my crew chief Greg Zipadelli on getting our car the best we can,” he said.

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