Michigan: Joey Logano preview

The Home Depot Team Notes of Interest * Joey Logano will make his first start in The Home Depot Toyota at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this weekend. Logano competed in one NASCAR Nationwide Series...

The Home Depot Team Notes of Interest

* Joey Logano will make his first start in The Home Depot Toyota at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this weekend. Logano competed in one NASCAR Nationwide Series event at the two-mile track last year. He started the race from the sixth position and went on to finish seventh.

* Logano currently sits 25th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings with his 23rd-place finish in Pocono. He is now five points out of 24th and 77 out of 20th. In the last seven races Logano has completed every lap of competition but one and has an average finish of 15th, an improvement of 15 positions from the first seven races of the season when his average finish was 30th.

* The Home Depot Racing Team and crew chief Greg Zipadelli have 20 starts at Michigan International Speedway. In 20 Sprint Cup events the team has amassed one win, nine top-five and 13 top-10 finishes. The team finished fifth in last year's LifeLock 400.

* Logano will compete in the Nationwide Series event on Saturday at Kentucky Speedway, defending his first career NASCAR victory. Logano became the youngest winner in Series history at 18 years, 21 days when he took the checkered flag last year in just his third Nationwide Series start.

* Logano continues to lead the Raybestos Rookie standings over Scott Speed and increased his lead to 17 points (157-140) after the 14th race of the season. Logano earned rookie of the race honors for the 11th time this season and for the fifth consecutive race. Last year's top rookie finished 22nd in the June race at Michigan.

* The Home Depot Team is taking chassis #209 to the track this weekend for the LifeLock 400. Logano raced this chassis three times already this season, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (13th) , Atlanta Motor Speedway (30th) and in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway (ninth).

Logano:

On Michigan...

"It will be a little bit of the same this weekend. Michigan is another track that I haven't run The Home Depot Toyota at before, but we are starting to get the hang of it. It still takes me awhile to figure the lines out and what I want the car to feel like, but as long as practice doesn't get rained out like it did last weekend we should continue to show our improvements as a team. I am really getting used to these cars and Zippy (crew chief Zipadelli) and the team are getting used to me. Everyone is so positive and upbeat, it shows."

On Double Duty...

"It will be busy a weekend. I am going to be running back and forth, but I'm pretty sure I'm going to be able to make it for practice at Kentucky on Friday and get back for qualifying and the race on Saturday. Hopefully if things go right and the schedules stay the same then I will be able to do both completely. I have a lot of experience at Kentucky so hopefully we'll be good there. You always wish they were at the same place, but it is what it is. Kentucky will always be a special place after getting that first win."

-credit: jgr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Joey Logano