Chicagoland: Joey Logano preview

Huntersville, N.C. -- Momentum. It is something that any NASCAR driver will go to great lengths to lasso and rope in their direction. Two weeks ago at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Joey Logano became the youngest winner in NASCAR Sprint Cup...

Huntersville, N.C. -- Momentum. It is something that any NASCAR driver will go to great lengths to lasso and rope in their direction. Two weeks ago at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Joey Logano became the youngest winner in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history. He has held that same distinction in the NASCAR Nationwide Series ever since he drove the No. 20 GameStop Toyota to Victory Lane at the Kentucky Speedway in June of 2008. Logano continues to build one of the most-impressive resumes of any young, American stock car driver. You can see him gaining momentum with each passing race.

Momentum can carry you to success at a track where you have no experience. Logano will draw on this when he visits the Chicagoland Speedway this weekend for the first time in his career. If anyone is equipped to run well at the Joliet, Illinois track right out of the box, it is Logano. In 19 career intermediate track starts, Logano has three wins, six poles, an average finish of 7.5 and has led 587 laps. Those are numbers that any veteran driver would be proud to own. When Logano gains the experience to go with his momentum, he will be very hard to beat.

Joey Logano Quotes

"I can't wait to get back in the GameStop Toyota. We've got so much momentum going on the Cup-side, I know we'll be even better in these Nationwide races. Confidence means a lot in this sport. I'm very confident that we will continue to run up front and compete for wins. Dave Rogers and everyone behind the GameStop Toyota do an awesome job in preparing these cars each week and it shows when we hit the track. I'm just the lucky driver that gets to hold the steering wheel each week."

"Chicago is a brand new game for me because this will be my first race there. We've had a lot of success on the intermediate tracks this year so I know the car will be fast. I'm sure the track has its own characteristics that make it unique and I'll need to figure those out during practice. During times like these I can rely on my teammates, which is cool. They can let me know what to expect. When it comes to getting advice I couldn't have asked to be in a better situation than here at Joe Gibbs Racing."

Noteworthy

* Joey Logano will make his Chicagoland Speedway debut in Saturday's Nationwide Series event at the 1.5-mile oval.

* Despite running a partial Nationwide Series schedule in 2009, Logano remains fifth in the series points standings.

* After starting second, Tony Stewart finished ninth in the No. 20 Toyota in the 2008 edition of this race.

* The No. 20 JGR Toyota has competed in six Nationwide Series events at Chicagoland Speedway, garnering three top-10 finishes and one pole award.

* Wii Sports Resort, a sequel to the popular Wii Sports, will adorn the No. 20 Toyota this weekend, along with GameStop. GameStop's Family Night In promotion will be featured on the rear deck lid. For more info on Family Night In, visit www.gamestop.com/familynightin.

-credit: jgr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Tony Stewart , Joey Logano
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing