· LOOKING FOR THAT COWBOY HAT: Joey Logano is looking for his first Texas Motor Speedway victory this weekend. Logano’s previous NASCAR Nationwide Series races at Texas have produced impressive results, with three top-five finishes in five career events at the track, including a pole and runner-up finish in the spring Texas event last season. However, Texas also holds the distinction as being one of just three tracks Logano has recorded a DNF at, coming in late 2009.
· CHASSIS: Chassis #20108 will race this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway for the GameStop team. This is the same car that Denny Hamlin led laps with and drove to a top-10 finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway earlier this year for the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing team. It will be the first time Logano has raced the chassis, which was built during the offseason.
Joey Logano Quotes:
“There are few tracks on the Nationwide schedule that I’d like to win at more than Texas. GameStop has been a huge supporter of mine, and there is nothing I’d like to do more than get them a win at their home track. They are the sponsor that took a shot with me back in 2008 when I was relatively unproven, and they’ve been there ever since. So it would be huge to win at Texas for them and for Joe Gibbs racing. I’ve been to the headquarters just down the road a few times in the last couple years and they are very into their racing program. I want to win everywhere we go, but if there is a place I’d really like to win, especially in the Nationwide car, it’s in Texas.
“Texas is a fast track. Probably one of the fastest we go to in the Nationwide Series. It’s a track where handling is very important because you are on the gas so much. And the more you can stay on the gas and keep your momentum up, the better you will be. These Nationwide cars are all about momentum, so it’s important. When I first started coming here, I was not very good. Texas had my number. But last year, something clicked and I feel like I’ve gotten a lot better here. Plus, our stuff at JGR has been really good the last few years, so that has helped. I know we haven’t been as fast early in the year here as we’ve wanted, but I know the guys are working on it. I think we’ll be back on our game and competing with Kyle (Busch) before you know it. Hopefully, we can start this weekend.”
Texas is a fast track.
Adam Stevens Quotes:
“The thing that stands out about Texas is how very fast it is. Speed is important in these Nationwide cars, so getting the car to handle is the biggest thing I need to key on this weekend. Texas is pretty comparable to and a lot like Vegas and Charlotte. So we are taking the Vegas car, which ran well with Denny. It’s also a car that I’ve already worked with this year, so I know its tendencies and think we have a great baseline setup to start adjusting on when we get to the track.
“One of the biggest issues as far as handling at Texas is always the bumps in turns one and two. They always seem to be an issue. If you can get over the bumps, you can be fast. We’ve also go to watch the weather, because it has been an issue there in the past. As of right now, it’s looking ok, it’s just going to be very hot, which will be the first time we’ve experienced such warm conditions this year. We have extra practice time this week, which is nice and has actually been better for the No. 20 team this year. When we’ve had extra time, we’ve been better. The only real issue is that we race at night, but don’t ever practice at night, which is always challenging.”