Dover Int'l Speedway
· A RETURN TO WHERE IT ALL STARTED: On May 31, 2008, on a rainy day at Dover International Speedway, Joey Logano made one of the most anticipated debuts in NASCAR history. The young phenom, who had been praised year-after-year coming up through the short track ranks, made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut just seven days after turning 18. After a three-hour rain delay, Logano came home with a ninth-place start and a sixth-place finish in his debut, battling back from a pit road incident that left him with fender damage and as far back as 28th. Just two races after that initial start in Dover, Logano scored his first Nationwide Series win, coming at Kentucky Speedway. That first year, he had 19 starts, one win, three poles and helped guide the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota to the Nationwide Series Owner’s Championship. Now, three years later, Logano is one of the budding superstars of both the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, with eight-career Nationwide Series wins and one Sprint Cup win.
· CHASSIS: The JGR team will take chassis #20113 to Dover this weekend. The chassis has already raced twice this season, with Logano at both Phoenix (start: 3rd, finish: 6th) and Nashville (start: 1st, finish: 4th). Chassis #20107 will serve as the team’s backup.
Joey Logano Quotes:
“It’s hard to believe that it’s already been three years since I ran my first Nationwide Series event. That was a day I’d looked forward to my whole life. It seemed like it would never get there. And then, here I was at Dover, ready to make it all happen. Since then, things have changed dramatically, with the Sprint Cup ride opening up, being associated with Home Depot, winning my first Cup race and getting a bunch of wins in the Nationwide Series with GameStop. I never would have thought that day that my career would be where it is now.
“Dover is a pretty big track for me. It seems like I’ve got a lot of things that have happened to me both good and bad at Dover. I locked up the Busch East Series title here at Dover back in 2007. I made my first Nationwide start at Dover 2008. And I had my biggest wreck at Dover when I flipped the Home Depot car in 2009, which is not one of my favorite memories of all of them. Now, I just need to add a win here. We’ve been close the last two races here and finished second each time. Now, we just need to improve on that one more spot. But I’ll tell you what, I am one person who knows why they call this place the Monster Mile.
"I’m glad to be back in the Nationwide Series car and happy to be back in the GameStop Toyota. Thanks to Denny, we’ve been able to keep the No. 20 up there in the Owner’s Points Championship lead. Since we can’t run for a Championship as drivers, we are all focused on getting the Owner’s Championship. Things have fallen in place this year, and we’ve been able to run solid and be there at the finish of every race. But I’d really like to start getting some wins. The No. 20 team was able to get their first win with the new crew a couple of weeks ago, and I know their confidence is up. Now, hopefully we can use that over the next several races and get a couple more wins and see where things shake out.”
Adam Stevens Quotes:
“Dover is one unique track. The elevation change between the straights and corners is unlike any other place we go. A lot of people say Dover is like a big Bristol, which it is in some subtle ways, but it’s rather unique on its own. The concrete surface is unforgiving and changes a lot thru the weekend as it takes rubber. There is a lot of banking on the straightaways, which creates some entry and exit handing issues you don’t see at most places.
“One thing I remember is that pit road used to be terrible, but thankfully, it was redone a few years ago and is very nice now. It was a nightmare when there were only 42 stalls for 43 cars and the pit boxes were very narrow and small. The improvements they’ve made help our job out a lot as a crew chief and as a pit crew. But for all of the problems Dover can give you, it is one of my favorite tracks and I would love to win here. We’re riding a lot of momentum now, so hopefully, we can keep that going and get another win this weekend.”