Kentucky: Joey Logano preview

* Joey Logano will be returning to his most successful track on the NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule. Logano is the two-time defending race winner and pole sitter at the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway. Logano earned his first-career NASCAR ...

* Joey Logano will be returning to his most successful track on the NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule. Logano is the two-time defending race winner and pole sitter at the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway. Logano earned his first-career NASCAR Nationwide Series win at Kentucky in 2008 in just his third career series start. The victory put Logano in the NASCAR history books as the youngest Nationwide Series race winner at 18 years and 21 days old. In 2009, Logano defended his victory by once again sweeping the pole and race, passing teammate Kyle Busch late to pick up the victory. The 2010 Meijer 300 will mark Logano's third career start at the Sparta, KY track.

* The Meijer 300 at Kentucky Speedway will mark the first event of the season where Joey will perform double-duty while racing at two different tracks in two different states. Joey will practice and qualify at Michigan International Speedway on Friday in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series before taking a flight and helicopter ride to Kentucky to practice Friday night. He will return to Michigan Friday night, compete in Happy Hour practice Saturday morning for the Sprint Cup Series, and then make his way back to Kentucky to qualify and race the #20 GameStop Toyota. JGR development driver Matt DiBenedetto will be on standby for Joey.

* The #20 Joe Gibbs Racing team will run chassis #2089 (back up chassis #2093) at Kentucky. It is the same chassis that Logano won with at Kentucky in 2009. In fact, four of Logano's five wins during the 2009 season came driving chassis #2089 (Kentucky, Chicago, Kansas and California).

Joey Logano:

"I'm pumped to head back to Kentucky Speedway. That place holds a lot of special memories for me. It's the track that I got my first Nationwide Series win at. It's the track that I first tested a Sprint Cup car at. It's my most successful track. There are not a lot of drivers out there that can go to a track more than once and say that they are batting 1,000. But that is what we've got at Kentucky. In two races there, we've gotten two poles and two wins. And I have no doubt that we can go there and make it three poles and three wins. But it won't be easy - it never is. I think if we go to the track and just try to run our race, build upon what we've done there that last two years, then it should be our race to learn. But there will be a lot of guys gunning for us, you can bet that.

"I'm excited to be teamed back up with GameStop. They've been with me for all of my wins in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, and it always seems odd to not be in the #20 GameStop Toyota. Plus, they've got a really cool game on the car this week in Super Mario Galaxy 2. Any time we have Mario on the car, people just seem to love it. I've had a lot of great looking cars, but the Mario ones are always some of my favorites. It is hard to not smile when you look at the car with Mario and his buddy Yoshi. Plus, I've gotten a chance to play the game and it's a lot of fun. And while I haven't gotten that good playing the game yet, I like to think I'm pretty good at Kentucky, so maybe we can get Mario back to Victory Lane with us.

Kevin Kidd:

"Kentucky is a fun place to go to, both as a driver and as a crew chief. I really like the facilities and the show that they put on there is really second to none. Obviously, we tend to run real well there and we would certainly like to keep that going this year.

"The track is really wide on the exits, which is unusual to most intermediate tracks that we race at. That offers a lot of racing room and generally makes for a competitive race. The most challenging part of the track is that it continually wears out over the harsh winters and, as a result, it seems to get bumpier every season. I think the #20 GameStop Toyota will be good there as we build off of our past success."

-source: jgr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Joey Logano , Matt DiBenedetto , Kyle Busch
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing