Montreal: Joey Logano preview

* "C'EST BON DE TE REVOIR" MONTREAL: Joey Logano and the No. 20 GameStop Toyota will make their return to Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for this weekend's NASCAR Nationwide Series' Napa Auto Parts 200 after skipping the event in 2009 to...

* "C'EST BON DE TE REVOIR" MONTREAL: Joey Logano and the No. 20 GameStop Toyota will make their return to Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for this weekend's NASCAR Nationwide Series' Napa Auto Parts 200 after skipping the event in 2009 to focus on Logano's rookie season in the Sprint Cup Series.

* COULD IT BE THE GAMESTOP CAR?: The Joe Gibbs Racing team will once again bring chassis #2077 to Montreal. That chassis has been Logano's primary road course car since joining the NASCAR Nationwide Series, including Logano's second-place finish at Watkins Glen International earlier this month. Chassis #2055 will serve as the team's backup.

Joey Logano:

"I'm actually excited to go to Montreal because I think we can really build on our finish at Watkins Glen a few weeks ago. I've never considered myself much of a road course racer, but when you go out there and you run competitive and show that, with a little added improvement you can contend for the win, it gives you a lot more confidence. But, I'm also going into the weekend knowing that Montreal is a much more technical course then Watkins Glen. Watkins Glen is like the speedway of road courses. Montreal is more like Infineon where as it's much more technical. So I'm sure it will be a challenge, but I also feel like I'm a lot better now and I have a lot more confidence, which means a lot in this sport and on the road courses.

"I'm also ready to come back and redeem myself after what happened here back in 2008. We had a good car that day. I don't think we were going to win the race, but we were going to finish in the top five and maybe even the top three. And that would have been like a win for me being that it was my first road course race and that we spent most of the race running in the raining. But then the rain got worse and we wound up running into a stopped car on the track that didn't have its brake lights working. I couldn't even see out of the windshield. So we were just stopped out there with a lot of damage and then they called the race the very next lap. So I feel like this place owes me something.

"It's always cool to go somewhere totally different too. I mean, doing what we do, we get to see a lot of the country, from New England to Southern California. But there is something very different about coming to Montreal and it's cool to get to see. I mean, it's a whole different country and a whole different lifestyle. So many people speak French, people are really nice and the sites are just different. Everything is a little out of the ordinary of what we see on any other given weekend, and that is cool to get to be around every now and then."

Kevin Kidd:

"This is going to be an interesting weekend and I'm really looking forward to seeing what we have when we unload. Joey has a lot more confidence since he race so well at Watkins Glen. Plus, with the disappointment that he had at Bristol last week where he feels like a race was pretty much taken from him by another competitor, I think he's really hungry and he's going to drive that much harder. So it could be a very interesting weekend for the No. 20 GameStop team.

"We've made some big improvements on our road course program, and we learned a lot with Joey. But every track is different, so there is only so much you can take to the next race. Every weekend is a different animal and you can't get too stuck up on trying too much from the weekends before. It just gives you a good baseline to start at and then you go tweak from there. That is what we are going to do in Montreal. We just want to give Joey the best car we can and let him do the rest, which we all know he's capable of.

-source: jgr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Gilles Villeneuve , Joey Logano
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing