Watkins Glen: Joey Logano preview

The Home Depot Team Notes of Interest * Joey Logano will visit one of two tracks left on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) circuit in which he hasn't competed this weekend. He will take the green flag for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips...

The Home Depot Team Notes of Interest

* Joey Logano will visit one of two tracks left on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) circuit in which he hasn't competed this weekend. He will take the green flag for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips race at Watkins Glen International on Sunday, leaving just Homestead-Miami Speedway to see for the first time in the No. 20 Home Depot Toyota. He did race in a Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota last year in the Nationwide event at the 2.45-mile road course where he started 20th and finished seventh.

* Meet Logano! Fans of Logano and crew chief Greg Zipadelli can meet the pair at The Home Depot store #6159 in Painted Post, N.Y. on Thursday, August 6 from 5 -- 7 p.m. The store is located at 3160 Silverback Lane. There will be a children's workshop, photo opportunities with the No. 20 Home Depot Toyota, an official Watkins Glen International pace car, the No. 17 Dewalt Tools car in addition to the autograph signing by Logano and Zipadelli.

* Logano remains 19th in the NSCS standings after his 27th-place finish at Pocono Raceway on Monday. Logano was running in the ninth position with 30 laps to go when he was forced to pit for a cut tire. After catching back up to the field and restarting mid pack, he was collected in the incident between the No. 6 and No. 96 cars. The Home Depot Team repaired the car in the pits over four pit stops to keep Logano on the lead lap.

* Welcome aboard The Home Depot Associates from store #1775 in North Lilburn, Ga. The store number will ride along with Logano in the Finger Lakes of New York this weekend. The resilient town's business district was all but burned to the ground in November of 1920 and rebuilt itself into the historic town it is today.

* The Home Depot Team is taking chassis #234 to the track this weekend for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen. The No. 20 team brought this chassis to the road course in Sonoma earlier this year. Logano was running in eighth with 20 laps to go in Sonoma when contact was made with fellow rookie Scott Speed. He had to make an unscheduled stop and rallied to finish 19th.

* Logano remains atop the Raybestos Rookie standings heading into Watkins Glen International. He holds a 22 point lead over Speed (206-184) heading to the final road course race of the season. Last year's top rookie finished 20th at The Glen.

* Giving back: The Home Depot is partnering with the National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) to present The NMPA Home Depot Humanitarian Award. The 2009 NASCAR season is the third year the award will be presented and the winner of the 2009 award will be announced at NASCAR NMPA Myers Brother Awards luncheon in Las Vegas in December. The award recognizes an individual in the NASCAR community that has shown a dedication to helping others and improving communities through their service and giving. The award winner will receive a $100,000 donation made by The Home Depot to the recipient's charity of choice while the two finalists will each receive a $25,000 donation to their designated non-profit organization. To nominate an individual for the NMPA Home Depot Humanitarian Award log onto www.homedepotracing.com/humanitarian.

* HomeDepotRacing.com has been revamped for the 2009 season. Fans can track Joey's races and appearances throughout the season, read about his experiences during his rookie campaign in Joey's Journal and ask Joey questions that he will answer for fans.

Logano Quotes:

On The Glen
"I had a tough time at The Glen last year. It's much harder and different than Infineon Raceway and The Home Depot Toyota was good in Sonoma. But there is just so much more speed at Watkins Glen. You take an entirely different set up so there aren't many similarities except you turn in both directions. Since I felt like I struggled a little bit in the Nationwide race last year, I did go up there to sit in a two-seat Miata to try and get more familiar with the track. I know we'll be fine, but I want to be better."

-credit: jgr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Scott Speed , Joey Logano
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing