Charlotte Motor Speedway
THE BIGGEST RACE TO WIN? CMS OF COURSE: Charlotte Motor Speedway stands as a “home race” for most of the NASCAR Nationwide Series teams. That is no different for Joe Gibbs Racing and Logano. Being a home track for a majority of the teams, Charlotte easily stands as one of the most important races to win all year long on the Nationwide Series schedule. Logano has had mixed success at Charlotte in the Nationwide Series. Dating back to his first race at the track in 2008, Logano has three top-five finishes in five starts. Outside of those top-five finishes, Logano has two 14th-place finishes. Logano has also led laps in four of the five events at Charlotte that he’s participated in.
CHASSIS: The JGR team will take chassis #20124 to Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend. This is the first time this chassis will hit the track in 2011. Chassis #20121 will serve as the team’s backup.
Joey Logano Quotes: “Charlotte is probably one of the most important races to win each year on the Nationwide Series schedule because it is a home track for all of us. We all have particular tracks around the country that we call our ‘home track’ but Charlotte is where most of us live now and where all of the shops are. And because of that, there are always a lot of guests and people from the teams that to come to the track on race weekend that don’t normally get to see us race when we are traveling. So to win at Charlotte is something that is pretty important to every driver out there. I know I really want to get a win there too.
“Charlotte is also probably my favorite track. It’s just a great place to race, and I’ve been lucky enough to have been pretty good there over the years. Last year, we finished third and fourth in our two Nationwide Series races at Charlotte after only getting one top-five run there in my first three races, so I’ve learned a lot about the place. Another bonus about this weekend’s race is that it’s the second race with the new Nationwide Series car at Charlotte, so we’ve already got a few notes based on last year’s race there. We are not starting from scratch on what these new cars handle like. So that should be a big positive for us and for the No. 20 GameStop team.
“I’m also pretty pumped to get back behind the wheel of the GameStop car this weekend because the No. 20 team has a ton of momentum right now. They got a win at Richmond with Denny (Hamlin) and ran well at Darlington, then we almost came back to win the race at Dover, where we had the best car for sure. And last weekend in Iowa, they ran strong even though they didn’t quite have the finish they should have. So we’ve got a lot going for us now and I really don’t know if there is a better overall team in the Nationwide Series right now.”
Adam Stevens Quotes: “I’m pretty excited about the weekend, because Joey is good at Charlotte and I think the guys like Joey, Kyle, Carl and others are going to have an advantage after racing in the All Star race last weekend. The biggest thing about the race this year is the new tire combination that we’ll have going into the race. There seems to be a lot more grip than last year and you could see that watching the All Star race last weekend. The Cup cars were really fast.
“Another thing we learned from watching the All Star race is that it’s going to be a track position race for sure. You would need to come up with a strategy that is going to put you out front or near the front. It’s going to be very hard to pass. I expect the setup stuff to be similar to Texas, and we ran strong there and learned a lot of things about these new cars. Plus, we’ve got some notes to go off of from last year’s race at Charlotte where they ran the new car. Of course, it’s always nice to be home for a weekend as well.”