By Amanda Vincent, NASCAR Correspondent
- Logano has 3 straight wins at Kentucky
- Each win was from the pole position
- Edwards, Harvick, Busch have one win each
Logano hopes to keep Kentucky Nationwide streak going
Joey Logano, driver of the No. 20 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, has dominated NASCAR Nationwide Series competition at Kentucky Speedway the last three years. When the series heads there this weekend for Friday night’s Feed the Children 300, Logano will be going after his fourth win in only four starts at the track.
“I’m pretty pumped to get back to Kentucky, for obvious reasons of course,” Logano said. “Kentucky has really felt like a second home to me over the last couple of years in the Nationwide Series. We’ve had pretty good success there.”
Logano’s dominance of Kentucky Speedway isn’t limited to races, themselves, either. He also dominates pole qualifying there. In three previous starts at Kentucky, he not only has made trips to victory lane following all three races, he has also started all three of those events from the pole position.
“It’s pretty cool when you look at it to be able to say you’ve won three-straight races at the same track, and you’ve won all of them from the pole,” Logano said. “Not a lot of people can say something like that.”
The first of Logano’s three wins at Kentucky just happened to be his first NASCAR national level win. His 2008 win at the track made him the youngest race winner in series history at 18 years and 21 days.
Logano won’t be the only Sprint Cup Series regular on hand to run the Nationwide Series race on Friday. With the Sprint Cup Series competitors also at Kentucky Speedway for that series’ inaugural race at the track, several Cup regulars have double-duty racing on their weekend agendas. Including Logano, eight drivers plan to race in both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup series events -- Logano, Kasey Kahne (No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet), Carl Edwards (No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford), Kyle Busch (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota), Kevin Harvick (No. 33 Kevin Harvick Inc. Chevrolet), Mark Martin (No. 32 Turner Motorsports Chevrolet), David Reutimann (No. 64 Rusty Wallace Racing Toyota), and Brad Keselowski (No. 22 Penske Racing Dodge).
Logano isn’t the only one of the aforementioned drivers to drive a Nationwide Series car into the Kentucky Speedway victory lane, but he is the only one to do it more than once. Edwards, Harvick and Busch each have one NNS win at the track.
I just know what the track is going to do as the race goes on...
“People ask me all of the time why we have been so good, and I don’t really know what to say about that,” Logano said. “I’ve turned a lot of laps on that track between all of the testing we did there in the Cup cars and in all of the Nationwide races there, but I don’t necessarily feel any more comfortable there than I do at some other tracks that we go to.”
The regulars in the series will, of course, pose challenges when the green flag falls on Friday night, but they’ll have an uphill battle as they race these eight Sprint Cup Series regulars, four of whom have already shown they know how to win in a Nationwide car at Kentucky Speedway. The biggest threat of the eight -- Joey Logano, of course. After all, he’s shown that he doesn’t really know how to lose when it comes to NNS racing in Kentucky.
“I guess, really, I just know what the track is going to do as the race goes on and how to handle the bumps there,” Logano said.
The Feed the Children 300 is scheduled to take the green flag at approximately 7:30 p.m. ET Friday. It can be seen live on ESPN, with coverage beginning at 7 p.m. ET. The race can also be heard on PRN and Sirius XM channel 90.