Loudon: Joey Logano preview

* HOME SWEET HOME: Joey Logano will return this weekend to his "home track" on the NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule, New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Logano grew up about 150 miles south of New Hampshire Motor Speedway (located in Loudon, NH) in...

* HOME SWEET HOME: Joey Logano will return this weekend to his "home track" on the NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule, New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Logano grew up about 150 miles south of New Hampshire Motor Speedway (located in Loudon, NH) in the town of Middletown, CT. Logano got his start racing in Quarter Midgets in the New England area before he and his family relocated to Georgia to help further Logano's development. New Hampshire Motor Speedway also holds a special place in Logano's heart, as it is the track that he earned his first-career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory at coming during his 2009 rookie season.

* CHASE HEADS HOME: Much like Logano, one of the GameStop Racing crew members will return to his "home track" on the NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule. Ben Chase, who serves as a mechanic for the No. 20 team, is from York Harbor, ME, which is located just 50 miles to the east of Loudon, NH.

Joey Logano:

"I'm really excited to head back to New Hampshire Motor Speedway because it is my home track and I've had a lot of success at the place. It's not the easiest track to figure out. The fact that it is so flat makes it really difficult to get a handle on. But I've been getting a lot better at all of the flat tracks on both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup sides, and that is paying off when we get to places like New Hampshire. Plus, it's always a lot of fun because there seem to be more fans out there pulling for me and even some family members who get to come to the race and check it out. So it's a special weekend for sure.

"I think it is great to get to run the Red Dead Redemption car again. It is one of the best looking cars we've had this year and has a really mean looking guy on the hood. I mean, who wouldn't be intimidated when you see that coming in your mirror. And from what I've heard, the game has been a huge seller. So hopefully, that will bring even more notoriety to the team and to GameStop. It's neat to get to run a car that has a wrap on it of such a successful game.

"I've got some unfinished business at New Hampshire. I really felt like we were the car to beat there in last year's event. We really had a good GameStop Toyota, but we got behind Kyle on a late-race restart and the car just got really tight in dirty air. If we had been out front, I don't think Kyle could have beat us. So this year, I'm going there with the goal of coming home first when the checkers fly. It would be great to get the win in the Nationwide Series there, so I can say I've won at New Hampshire in every NASCAR sanctioned-series I've run there. And with our Kentucky win, we've got momentum on our side."

Kevin Kidd:

"New Hampshire is a tricky place to get a handle on as a crew chief. It is one of those tracks that if you are a little bit off, its going to make for a long day, because handling is so important there. You really need to get your car turning well there to be successful. But, if we can get the car halfway decent, we've got the best driver out there in Joey, so I know he can get the job done. It's just up to me and the guys to give him a car that he can take out there and be competitive in and then make the adjustments he needs to be in contention for the win at the end of the race.

"We've really got some momentum on our side after winning at Kentucky. I think it really got the monkey off of our backs and got the pressure off of Joey. We'd been so close so many times with him this year, now the pressure is off and we can go out there and worry about getting the next win together instead of the first win together."

-source: jgr

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