Charlotte II: Joey Lagano preview

Huntersville, N.C. -- Joey Logano's list of accomplishments is very impressive for someone still in his teenage years. He is the youngest winner in the history of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He is the youngest race winner and pole award winner...

Huntersville, N.C. -- Joey Logano's list of accomplishments is very impressive for someone still in his teenage years. He is the youngest winner in the history of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He is the youngest race winner and pole award winner in the history of the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Needless to say the 19-year-old has achieved great success in his short NASCAR career. By taking his GameStop Toyota to Victory Lane last weekend in the Nationwide Series race in California, Logano added another piece to his racing resume. The win marked the first time in his career that he won back-to-back races. He will go for three-in-a-row this weekend as the series makes its annual "fall" stop in Charlotte.

The last driver to win three consecutive Nationwide Series races was Logano's Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Kyle Busch, early in 2008. He knows that equipment good enough to do it once, is good enough to do it again. Logano will have the chance to do so in front of a "home" crowd that will include many employees of Joe Gibbs Racing who will make the short drive from Huntersville, N.C. in anticipation of another win by the GameStop Toyota team. They have every reason to be excited as crew chief Dave Rogers is bringing Logano's favorite chassis, JGR #2089, which has won three races this season.

Joey Logano:

"Last week's win was definitely unexpected. I was hoping for a top-10 about halfway through that race, but no one on this GameStop Toyota team gave up on me and I knew they would do whatever it took to get the car fixed. Things just fell our way and our car was fast once we got back to the front. That is the first time in long time that I've won two races in-a-row. Now we have a chance for three for three this weekend at Charlotte. We are taking my favorite car so I'm very excited about it."

"A win at Charlotte would be very cool and would definitely be one of my biggest wins. I'm from Connecticut, but it doesn't take you very long to figure out that racing at Charlotte has just a little different meaning. This is where we all live. There are bragging rights that mean as much as the trophy. Charlotte is another 1.5-mile track, like the others that have been good to us this year. The GameStop Toyota was strong in the first race there this season and I expect it to be fast again."

Noteworthy

* In his first Nationwide Series race at Charlotte one year ago, Logano qualified fourth and led 32 laps.

* 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.

* In 13 Nationwide Series starts at Charlotte, the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing entry has garnered one win, six top-5 finishes and eight top-10 finishes.

* In 19 starts this season, Logano has five pole awards and has led 437 laps.

-credit: jgr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Joey Logano , Kyle Busch
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing