USAR: Iowa CS: Joey Logano preview

Joey Logano Ready to Tackle Iowa & Championship Series 16-Year-Old Heads Into Championship Series With Momentum On His Side MOORESVILLE, NC (September 11, 2006) -- In all forms of sports, they say that if you make it to the post-season, you...

Joey Logano Ready to Tackle Iowa & Championship Series
16-Year-Old Heads Into Championship Series With Momentum On His Side

MOORESVILLE, NC (September 11, 2006) -- In all forms of sports, they say that if you make it to the post-season, you have a chance for glory. Everyone starts over in the post-season. The counter is set back to zero.

Normally, there isn't much of a "post-season" in motorsports. That is not the case with the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series. The "Four Champions" Championship Series allows the best drivers from the Southern Division and the best from the Northern Division to have a legitimate shot at the Pro Cup title.

After winning the season finale for the Southern Division at USA International Speedway (FL) just a couple of weeks ago, 16-year-old Joe Gibbs Racing Development Driver Joey Logano heads into the Championship Series with as good of a shot as anyone at that title.

"This is a fresh start. It wipes the slate clean and we need that," said Logano. "We've pretty much got the team where it needs to be at this point of the year and this will be our strongest time. I think we are going to be a threat for the championship for sure. We'll be pretty decent at each of the tracks that are in the Championship Series."

Logano finished the year fifth in the final standings for the Southern Division. Along the way, Logano picked up two wins and nine top-10 finishes in 13 events. The most important victor, though, came in the Southern Division season finale at USA International Speedway in Lakeland, FL, on September 2nd.

"We really needed that win. We were starting to get into a drought without getting any wins in the middle portion of the season. That is going to help us with momentum and help the team's morale heading into the event. I think we are going to be a force to be reckoned with in the championship for sure."

The Championship takes teams to Jennerstown Speedway (PA), Mansfield Motorsports Park (OH), Myrtle Beach Speedway (SC), South Georgia Motorsports Park and USA International Speedway. Of those tracks, Logano has already recorded Pro Cup Series victories at Mansfield, South Georgia and USA International. His best-career finish at Jennerstown is second, while his best-career run at Myrtle Beach is an eighth.

The Championship Series will start, though, at a track foreign to everyone in the Pro Cup Series, the brand-new Iowa Speedway in Newton, IA. The Soy Biodiesel 250 will kick off the championship race this weekend, taking the green on Friday, September 15th.

Iowa Speedway will be a new experience, not only because it will be the first time anyone has ever raced on the track, but the fact that it will be the biggest and fastest track the series races on in 2006. The track is 7/8-mile long.

"I think Iowa will be a good track for us," added Logano. "We are still pretty new to the whole series, so going to a new track that no one has ever been to will be an advantage to us. I really don't know much about the place. All I know is that it is brand new and everyone says it looks just like Richmond. I've never even seen pictures of it other than on the Internet. That is pretty much all I know about it.

Logano likes the higher speeds as well. That has been evident in several ARCA RE/MAX Series test sessions that the rookie has taken part in this year at a variety of tracks 1.5-mile in length and bigger.

"I think being able to run the big tracks that I have this year is going to help me a lot. A lot of these places that I've been to on the bigger tracks in these tests, I've been pretty good. That is just another advantage we've got.

"I'm glad that we are going to a bigger track. I was getting tired of these little half miles. I need some room. There is not a lot of room at these little tracks. It will be nice to get to somewhere with two-wide grooves."

-credit: jlr

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