Darlington: Joey Logano preview

LOGANO LOOKING FOR FOUR IN A ROW AT DARLINGTON Huntersville, N.C. -- Darlington Raceway is known by many names, but none more appropriate than "The Track Too Tough to Tame." Racing there can be a humbling experience even for seasoned veterans ...

LOGANO LOOKING FOR FOUR IN A ROW AT DARLINGTON

Huntersville, N.C. -- Darlington Raceway is known by many names, but none more appropriate than "The Track Too Tough to Tame." Racing there can be a humbling experience even for seasoned veterans of the sport. Its unique, egg-shaped layout and narrow racing surface make it one of the most challenging stops on the schedule. Joey Logano's first race at the venerable facility will be at this weekend's Diamond Hill Plywood 200. He will be aiming to become the first NASCAR Nationwide Series driver to win at Darlington in their first career start.

With three top-five finishes in the last four Nationwide Series races, Logano has plenty of confidence in his ability. He is also supremely confident in his racecar. It is no secret that Joe Gibbs Racing is one of the premiere organizations in NASCAR and that they have been particularly dominant at Darlington. The No. 20 Toyota has won the last three Nationwide Series races at the 1.336-mile oval, two from the pole.

Now it's Logano's turn to conquer 'The Lady in Black.' When you put a driver as talented as Logano in a car that he knows can win, good things usually happen. In a career already full of firsts, a win in his first Darlington start would be quite an achievement for the young driver.

Joey Logano:

"Going to Darlington for the first time is a little intimidating. It's a track whose reputation precedes it. To go there and run well right out of the box would be an awesome experience - the place is a beast. It was the one track that I circled on the calendar when I made the move up to the Nationwide Series. I've always heard that you have to 'race the racetrack' and not worry about the other drivers. It's just a unique test of your skill. I wish that I could have raced there when the asphalt was worn out and you were slipping and sliding everywhere because that always looked so cool on television. Either way, I'm looking forward to going there to try to put the GameStop Toyota in that historic Victory Lane."

"In the past I've struggled with trying to figure out what to get my mom for Mother's Day. Do I buy flowers? Do I buy jewelry? It's hard to decide because I'm not very good at that stuff. I think the perfect gift for her would be a win at Darlington. My mom has meant a lot to my career. Both of my parents have been to most of my races and they still travel with me. I can't thank them enough for all the support they have given me over the years. There is no way that I would be where I am today without everything they have done for me. If it wasn't for that go-kart they bought me when I was small I wouldn't be in NASCAR."

Noteworthy

* With Tony Stewart and Denny Hamlin behind the wheel, the No. 20 JGR Toyota has won the last three Nationwide Series races at Darlington.

* The No. 20 JGR Toyota has competed in 10 Nationwide Series events at Darlington Raceway, garnering three wins, six top-5 finishes, seven top-10 finishes and two poles.

* Though not running a full season, Logano sits fourth in the Nationwide Series standings. He did not race at Las Vegas.

* Dave Rogers has been the crew chief for the three consecutive wins by the No. 20 Toyota at Darlington.

* Logano's mother, Deb, will be in attendance at Darlington on this Mother's Day weekend.

Primary: JGR #2089
History: Logano drove this car to a 12th place finish at the Texas Motor Speedway in April.

Backup: JGR #2073

-credit: jgr

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