Martinsville: Joey Logano preview

The Home Depot Team Notes of Interest * Joey Logano will compete in his first NASCAR sanctioned race at Martinsville Speedway this weekend. Logano raced an Allison Legacy car at the track when he was 12 years old, but aside from that has ...

The Home Depot Team Notes of Interest

* Joey Logano will compete in his first NASCAR sanctioned race at Martinsville Speedway this weekend. Logano raced an Allison Legacy car at the track when he was 12 years old, but aside from that has only watched a NASCAR Truck race at the short track. The rookie driver, crew chief Greg Zipadelli and The Home Depot Team tested at Little Rock on Tuesday of this week in preparation for Logano's first NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville.

* Welcome aboard The Home Depot Associates from the historic town of Franklin, Pa. Store # 4178 will be featured on the side of the No. 20 Home Depot Toyota this weekend. Franklin, in the Northwestern part of Pennsylvania, was once visited by a famous Virginian in the 1700's - a young George Washington.

* The Home Depot Racing Team and crew chief Greg Zipadelli have 20 starts at the Virginia track. The team has two wins and three poles since its inception 10 years ago. The Home Depot Team finished fifth in the Goody's 500 last year.

* About last week: Logano was running 27th with just eight laps remaining in the 500-lap event at Bristol Motor Speedway when he lost the engine on the No. 20 Home Depot Toyota. Logano drove the car behind the wall and was scored in the 38th position. The team currently sits 34th in NASCAR Owner points heading to Martinsville.

* Despite the 38th-place finish last weekend, Logano still has a two point edge in the Raybestos Rookie standings 53-51over Scott Speed.

* 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 Discusses Racing at Martinsville:

"I think we should be pretty good this weekend. Bristol is a beast, I've said that before, and Martinsville is similar to the type of tracks I grew up on and I'm used to racing at in the southeast. It's a more normal short track to me because it's flat with sharp turns. Plus, we tested at Little Rock on Tuesday and it went well. I've actually been there several times and they tell me it's similar to Martinsville just a little bumpier. We were just as quick as the other cars there, so that's encouraging.

"Zippy (crew chief Zipadelli) tried a lot of different packages to see what I liked at the test. I know we can't go there with the exact set ups we used at Little Rock, but we know what some of the changes do to the car. The test was a good day for The Home Depot team after a tough Bristol race. I watched a truck race at Martinsville before and I've talked to several people about it. I know brakes are going to be key and all we can do is work hard, apply what we learned from the test and go out and do our best."

-credit: jgr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Scott Speed , Joey Logano