Pocono II: Joey Logano preview

The Home Depot Team Notes of Interest * Joey Logano returns to Pocono Raceway in the No. 20 Home Depot Toyota for the Pennsylvania 500 this weekend. Logano finished 23rd in his NASCAR Sprint Cup debut at the 2.5-mile tri oval in June. That ...

The Home Depot Team Notes of Interest

* Joey Logano returns to Pocono Raceway in the No. 20 Home Depot Toyota for the Pennsylvania 500 this weekend. Logano finished 23rd in his NASCAR Sprint Cup debut at the 2.5-mile tri oval in June. That same weekend he took the checkered flag in the ARCA RE/MAX race while gaining experience on the unique track for the Cup race.

* Logano moved up to 19th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver point standings after his 12th-place effort in his first race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He sits just 92 points out of 18th. Despite qualifying 18th for the Brickyard 400, Logano had to drop to the back of the field due to an engine change and battled his way into the top 15. It was the fifth-consecutive race where Logano has finished in the top 20 and on the lead lap.

* Welcome aboard The Home Depot Associates from store #3661 in Hillsborough, N.C. The store number will ride along with Logano for this weekend's 500-mile event in Pocono. Hillsborough is familiar with NASCAR and racing, one of the early NASCAR sanctioned tracks was located just east of the town. Occoneechee Speedway (renamed Orange Speedway) hosted NASCAR races from 1949 until Richard Petty took the final checkered flag in 1968.

* The Home Depot Team is taking chassis #250 to the track this weekend for the Pennsylvania 500. This is a new chassis for the No. 20 team.

* Logano earned top rookie honors for the 16th time this season and continues to build his lead over Speed. He has increased his lead to 23 points over Speed (205-182) heading back to Pocono. Last year's top rookie finished 24th in the August event.

Joey Logano:

On Pocono...

"I'm looking forward to this weekend. Aside from Daytona which is a different kind of race, this is the first track that I am going back to with The Home Depot Team. It's going to be so different now that I won't be spending practice and half the race figuring out the track. We will be able to unload off the truck and really get to tuning on the race car. That's a huge confidence booster going into the race weekend because Pocono is such a unique track. The corners are all different, one minute you are running on new asphalt the next it's older and worn. But I have my own notes I am going to go over, re-watch the race and come into the weekend knowing what I want and need in the car.

"Coming off last weekend and the last stretch of races has been great for the entire team. Everyone is confident, everyone has great attitudes and we are all having fun. We overcame a lot last weekend and finished 12th, that's huge at a track where it was harder to pass than any place I've been so far. I am really looking forward to the final half of the season and seeing what we can do as a race team."

-credit: jgr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Richard Petty , Joey Logano