Atlanta: Joey Logano preview

* HOME SWEET HOME, VERSION TWO: While New Hampshire Motor Speedway is widely considered Joey's "hometrack," the same could also be said about Atlanta Motor Speedway. While Joey was moving up through the racing ranks, the Logano family moved...

* HOME SWEET HOME, VERSION TWO: While New Hampshire Motor Speedway is widely considered Joey's "hometrack," the same could also be said about Atlanta Motor Speedway. While Joey was moving up through the racing ranks, the Logano family moved just outside of Atlanta to help further Logano's career. Logano spent several summers racing Bandoleros and Legends Cars around the quarter-mile oval on Atlanta's front stretch, where he holds the record for most consecutive Legends Car victories.

* PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT?: Joey and the No. 20 GameStop team will spend Thursday testing the NASCAR Nationwide Series "new car" at Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson, GA. The team will be working on a number of things to improve their performance with the "new car" before races later in the year at Richmond and Charlotte. Gresham Motorsports Park, formerly Peach State Speedway, is a high-banked half-mile track located about halfway between Charlotte and Atlanta.

Joey Logano:

"I always love going to Atlanta because of the speed. It is really one of the fastest tracks that we go to all year long. A lot of people think that Daytona or Talladega are the fastest, but Atlanta carries so much speed. Not as much in the Nationwide Series as the Cup Series, but we still go really fast in Atlanta compared to other tracks we go to. That makes it a lot of fun, but means that aero is even that much more important then some other places. Plus, a lot like Charlotte, Atlanta is very temperature sensitive. So there are a lot of things you have to think about going into the race.

"I'm excited to have another cool paint scheme on the car this weekend. We've got Metroid: Other M on the car and it looks cool. I got a chance to see it before I went to Texas for the GameStop conference last week. I always like wondering what the other crews think about it when the guys roll the car out of the trailer. This is one of the best looking cars we've had this year. The last time we had a really colorful car was in Kentucky and we won that event. So hopefully, we can do that again. We need to get back in Victory Lane and I couldn't think of a much better place to do it then at Atlanta.

Kevin Kidd:

"This will be a big weekend for the GameStop team, because it's another one-day show and those are the ones that put the most pressure on the guys to perform. Practice, race and qualify all on the same day. It's a lot of work, but sometimes, its separates the players from the pretenders. Atlanta is a very sensitive track, so making minor adjustments to get the car dialed-in is key. That means hard work and focus and good communication all day long.

"We are taking a new 2010 chassis to Atlanta, one that we haven't run yet this year. So it will be interesting to see how it performs. I'm pretty excited about it and I think it's going to be a good car. We've spent a lot of time making sure its right and hopefully, come Saturday night, we can say that this car is one-for-one in getting to Victory Lane."

-source: jgr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Joey Logano