Kansas: Joey Logano preview

Huntersville, N.C. -- The last time that Joey Logano visited a 1.5-mile track in the Midwestern section of the United States he drove his No. 20 GameStop Toyota to Victory Lane at the Chicagoland Speedway. This weekend he will head to the...

Huntersville, N.C. -- The last time that Joey Logano visited a 1.5-mile track in the Midwestern section of the United States he drove his No. 20 GameStop Toyota to Victory Lane at the Chicagoland Speedway. This weekend he will head to the Heartland of America and the Kansas Speedway in hopes of a repeat performance. The Kansas and Chicago tracks have a very similar, flat layout, which bodes well for Logano as he led 96 out of 200 laps at Chicago in July.

The intermediate tracks have been Logano's specialty this season. He has made eight starts on these tracks in 2009 and is averaging a top-5 finish, with three wins, each time he makes a start. After making only three starts since his win at Chicago, Logano will be back in the No. 20 GameStop Toyota for five of the final seven races. He will be looking to put a strong finish on a very successful 2009 campaign.

Joey Logano:

"I'm definitely looking forward to getting back in the No. 20 GameStop Toyota on a more regular basis to end the season. It seems like we are always one of the cars to beat and knowing that you are stepping into top-notch equipment gives you a lot of confidence. Dave Rogers and all of the guys on the car do a great job no matter who is driving. There is a reason these cars run up front all the time and it starts with the guys working on them. My goal is to add at least one more win to our total before the checkered flag falls at Homestead."

"Kansas is a great racetrack. It is wide enough that you have plenty of room to race and pass no matter what your car is doing. Hopefully we can continue our strong runs on the mile-and-a-half tracks this weekend. We are taking the same car that we raced at Chicago. That was one of the best cars I've every driven. It was so good that we didn't even think about coming in and putting tires on at the end of that race. If we can get that same feel back in the car this weekend I will feel good about our chances for another win in the No. 20 GameStop Toyota."

Noteworthy

* Logano finished ninth in the 2008 edition of this race, his only Nationwide Series start at Kansas Speedway.

* Despite running a partial Nationwide Series schedule in 2009, Logano remains in the top 15 in the series points standings.

* The No. 20 Toyota is fifth in the NASCAR Nationwide Series owner point standings.

* Joe Gibbs Racing has entered at least one car in every Nationwide Series event at Kansas. The team has garnered one win, one top-5 finish and six top-10 finishes.

* Logano's teammate, the No. 18 JGR Toyota, is the defending winner of this event.

-credit: jgr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Joey Logano
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing