Chicagoland: Joey Logano preview

The Home Depot Team Notes of Interest * Joey Logano will make his first start at Chicagoland Speedway this weekend in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car. He has not competed at the 1.5-mile track before, and will see his first laps of ...

The Home Depot Team Notes of Interest

* Joey Logano will make his first start at Chicagoland Speedway this weekend in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car. He has not competed at the 1.5-mile track before, and will see his first laps of competition in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Friday night. Logano and The Home Depot Team participated in a Goodyear Tire test in May, so he does have some laps on the track in a Sprint Cup Series car.

* Meet Logano! Fans of Logano and can meet him at The Home Depot store #1906 in Orland Park, Ill. on Wednesday, July 8 from 5 -- 7 p.m. The store is located at 7300 W 159th Street. There will be a children's workshop, photo opportunities with the No. 20 Home Depot Toyota and an autograph signing by Logano.

* Logano broke into the top 20 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings this week with his 19th-place finish at Daytona International Speedway. It was the first time the 19-year-old driver and The Home Depot Team has been in the top 20 this season. Over the last 10 races, the team has amassed one win and four top-10 finishes. They have completed all but one lap since Talladega and have not finished worse than 25th.

* Welcome aboard The Home Depot Associates from store # 1914 from Chicago, Ill. The No. 20 Toyota will carry the Chicago store number in the 267-lap race on Saturday night. This is the first time this season the Home Depot Toyota will don a store number from the same city it is competing.

* Crew chief Greg Zipadelli and The Home Depot Team have eight starts at Chicagoland Speedway. Since the series began racing in the Windy City they have two victories, one pole and six top-five finishes. Last year the team finished fifth in the LifeLock.com 400.

* The Home Depot Team is taking chassis #231to the track this weekend for the 19th race of the 2009 season. The team has not raced this chassis yet this year.

* Logano continues to lead the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings over Scott Speed. He earned rookie of the race honors for the 14th time this season in Daytona, and increased his lead to 23 points (201-178). Last year's top rookie finished 30th in Chicago.

* Giving back: The Home Depot is partnering with the National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) to present The NMPA Home Depot Humanitarian Award. The 2009 NASCAR season is the third year the award will be presented and the winner of the 2009 award will be announced at NASCAR NMPA Myers Brother Awards luncheon in Las Vegas in December. The award recognizes an individual in the NASCAR community that has shown a dedication to helping others and improving communities through their service and giving. The award winner will receive a $100,000 donation made by The Home Depot to the recipient's charity of choice while the two finalists will each receive a $25,000 donation to their designated non-profit organization. To nominate an individual for the NMPA Home Depot Humanitarian Award log onto www.homedepotracing.com/humanitarian.

* HomeDepotRacing.com has been revamped for the 2009 season. Fans can track Joey's races and appearances throughout the season, read about his experiences during his rookie campaign in Joey's Journal and ask Joey questions that he will answer for fans.

Logano Quotes:

On Chicago...

"Looks like I'm a freshman at a track once again. The good news is there is only like one other track I haven't raced on yet. I did get a chance to do the Goodyear Tire test at Chicagoland, so I won't be completely lost when I get there on Thursday. I believe we were pretty good during the test and I learned a ton. Depending on which tire they bring back I think will make a difference on how decent we will be off the truck. The track had a ton more grip and was much faster than I thought it was be. I am actually looking forward to it this weekend."

On the standings...

"We climbed out of a hole over the last 10 or so races. It's cool to finally be in the top 20 and that is where we need to finish the season in points. We keep digging and are getting closer to being competitive every week. I know I've said it before but there are so many little things that have attributed to the turn around. I continue to get more comfortable in the car and Zippy (crew chief Zipadelli) and the guys know what I need now. The amazing thing about The Home Depot Team is that even when times were tough they never got down. That helped so much and really kept me motivated."

-credit: jgr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Scott Speed , Joey Logano