Joey Logano Plans Move to Busch East Series in 2007
16-Year-Old Is Youngest Winner in Pro Cup History, Now He Aims For Same Accomplishment in NASCAR Touring Competition
MOORESVILLE, NC -- Still only 16 years old, Joey Logano will take another step in his racing career for 2007 as he moves into the NASCAR Busch East Series. The record-holder for youngest ever winner in USAR Hooters Pro Cup competition hopes to be able to accomplish the same feat in a NASCAR Touring series next year.
"We're going to run the entire Busch East Series schedule and another two or three West Series races," said Logano of his 2007 plans. "We're planning on going to Sonoma and Phoenix, so we'll see how things work out."
With tracks such as New Hampshire International Speedway and Dover International Speedway on the Busch East schedule, the tour is a logical next venue to bring along Logano as a development driver for Joe Gibbs Racing.
"I think that it will be a good step. We'll be going to bigger tracks and that is where I need the seat time. I've tested Cup cars and ARCA cars on larger tracks, but I haven't been able to race anything yet (in ARCA) because I'm not 18. So it will be cool to finally get to race there and experience things like aero push and racing around other cars.
"I honestly don't know what to expect yet. But I guess that is why I'm called a development driver -- because I'm still learning."
The Busch East Series makes two stops in Logano's homestate of Connecticut, giving him a chance to race in front of some old friends. The young racer moved to Georgia and then North Carolina in recent years to follow his racing dreams, but grew up as a native of Middletown, Connecticut.
"Going to Stafford and Thompson will be fun. I've never raced at either track before, but I've watched plenty of races at both places. I used to race at the Little T [a smaller track at Thompson for karts and quarter midgets] as a kid."
The NASCAR Busch East Series season kicks off on April 28th at Greenville-Pickens Speedway (SC), but Logano has some plans to get into the driver's seat before that date rolls around. He is planning to run a Modified during Florida Speedweeks at New Smyrna Speedway in February for car owner Gary Cretty.
"We've got it down here and almost ready to race," said Logano. "We won't run the whole week at New Smyrna, but we'll take it out and play with it for a few races. I need something to do -- the Busch East season doesn't start until April and that's a long time without any racing."