All-Star Showdown: Joey Logano preview

The Home Depot Team Notes of Interest * Joey Logano will compete in his first NASCAR Sprint Showdown and try to race his way into the Sprint All-Star Race on Saturday night. The Sprint Showdown will consist of 40 laps and will be run in...

The Home Depot Team Notes of Interest

* Joey Logano will compete in his first NASCAR Sprint Showdown and try to race his way into the Sprint All-Star Race on Saturday night. The Sprint Showdown will consist of 40 laps and will be run in two 20-lap segments. Between segment 1 and segment 2, there will be a yellow flag during which teams can pit and may elect to change tires, add fuel and make normal chassis adjustments. Three drivers will transfer to the All-Star Race, two by finishing first or second in the Sprint Showdown and the other by receiving the highest number of votes in the Sprint Fan vote while also finishing on the lead lap in the Showdown.

* The Home Depot Racing Team and crew chief Greg Zipadelli have competed in every All-Star Race since the team's inception in 1999. Despite winning a race last year, the team will have to race its way into the All-Star event with rookie driver Logano. The team faced the same challenge during Tony Stewart's rookie season in 1999. After leading 49 of 50 laps of the Showdown, Stewart took the checkered flag to transfer into the race. Zipadelli and The Home Depot Team have never visited victory lane in the non-points race, but finished second in 1999 after racing their way in.

* Meet Logano: Fans in the Charlotte area can meet Logano at The Home Depot Store in Cornelius, N.C. on May 22 from 5 -- 7 p.m. The store is located at 17111 Statesville Road approximately 20 minutes from Charlotte Motor Speedway. Also appearing with Logano is 2003 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Matt Kenseth. There will be a children's workshop, photo opportunities with the No. 20 Home Depot Toyota and an autograph signing by Logano and Kenseth.

* About last week: Logano led an impressive 19 laps and finished ninth in his first Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway in The Home Depot Toyota. Logano qualified for the 500-mile race in the fifth position and ran the majority of the race in the top 10 before tying his career best NASCAR Sprint Cup Series finish of ninth (Talladega). Crew chief Zipadelli made pit calls to keep the rookie up front while The Home Depot team executed flawless stops all race. The top-10 finish also moved Logano up two spots in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings to 30th.

* Logano's ninth-place effort at Darlington Raceway increased his lead to 12 points (122-110) over Scott Speed in the Raybestos Rookie standings. Logano earned Raybestos Rookie of the Race honors for the eighth time this season.

* The Home Depot Team is taking chassis #224 to the track this weekend for the Sprint Showdown. Logano has run this chassis twice this season, at California Speedway (26th) and Atlanta Motor Speedway (30th).

Joey Logano:

"I think this weekend is going to be fun. The All-Star races are so different, there are no points on the line and the winner takes all. It will also be a good test for The Home Depot Team. I tested at Charlotte last year, but I didn't test with Zippy and the team or run the Cup Race. I know we struggled at Texas, but we had a good run going at Atlanta so I think we should be pretty good this weekend and for the Coca-Cola 600. For some reason I have run well on tracks with new asphalt like Atlanta, Talladega and Darlington, so hopefully that will happen again at Charlotte. Ever since Phoenix I feel like we have really gained some momentum. We have done what we needed to do over the last four weeks to run solidly and I've become much more comfortable with the CoT.

"This is one of those races that have always been fun to watch. The thing about running well in Charlotte is it means a lot to the teams because everyone's family comes to the races and there's a lot of pride when it's in your home town. Hopefully we can race into the All-Star event. The Home Depot Team deserves to be in it and I really want to be in it, who doesn't?"

-credit: jgr

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Tony Stewart , Scott Speed , Joey Logano