Chicagoland: Joey Logano preview

* HOME SWEET HOME CHICAGO: Joey has only raced in one NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Chicagoland Speedway, but it was a memorable one. Joey qualified third, took the lead for the first time on lap 18 and lead three times for a race-high of...

* HOME SWEET HOME CHICAGO: Joey has only raced in one NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Chicagoland Speedway, but it was a memorable one. Joey qualified third, took the lead for the first time on lap 18 and lead three times for a race-high of 96 laps en route to what was his third of five eventual wins during the 2009 season. Logano bested his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch in the final rundown. The finish was one of five events that Logano and Busch finished 1-2 during the season.

* THE FIVES HAVE IT: Despite running only 12 of the 17 races so far this season, Logano finds himself seventh in the point standings, ahead of 11 other drivers who have run all 17 of the series' races in 2010. The No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing team is third in the NASCAR Nationwide Series owner's point standings, just 161 points out of the top spot. So far this season, Logano has averages just over a fifth-place starting spot in his 12 starts, and has averaged a 5.5 finishing position in his races.

* STAT OF THE WEEK: Following his fourth-place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Logano joined the "two million" club in career-earnings in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Logano has career earnings of $2,074,009 through just 53 career races.

Joey Logano:

"Chicagoland Speedway is a really cool place to go, because the track is state-of-the-art. It is one of the newest tracks on the schedule and its right there in the Chicago market, which is a really cool city and a big sports town. I'm not much of a sports guy outside of racing, but I know how much the people here love their baseball, football and basketball. Now, racing is making its way to Chicago market as well. Of course, it doesn't hurt that I've won there too in the GameStop Toyota. It is a track that really suits my driving style and the quality of cars that Joe Gibbs Racing puts on the track. Kyle and I finished one-two there last year, and I think we can do it again this year. Hopefully, it ends up being just like it was last year, with us up front and him chasing us from second place.

"I'm pretty excited to see the GameStop car featuring LEGO® Harry Potte: Years 1-4 when it gets unloaded from the truck. Like any kid, when I wasn't at the track or racing while growing up, I was messing around with LEGO bricks and trying to build really cool racecars. And to see LEGO incorporated with video games now is very cool. Harry Potter is such a huge movie franchise, I think the combination of Harry Potter and LEGO will have a lot of people watching our car when it's on the track. Of course, I hope most people just see the back of it out their front windshield. That is when the car looks best, at least in my eyes.

"I think we can really build on our second-place finish at Daytona from last weekend. We are coming together as a team, and I think it is really starting to show. We are running up front at every race. We just need to start winning some more of these things. Since we are not running for (driver's) points, we want to go out there and rack up the wins. I think we are right on the verge of getting a bunch more wins as the season really picks up for the No. 20 GameStop Toyota."

Kevin Kidd:

"Chicagoland is the type of track that the No. 20 team has excelled at over the past couple of years. Everyone at JGR has worked hard and has the mile and a half tracks really figured out. And with Joey being the defending winner of the race, I think it is really going to give our team that added advantage going into the weekend. Plus, we are taking chassis #2089, which is Joey's favorite car and the one that won at Kentucky a few weeks ago. It's the same chassis that won the race last year, and Joey really seems to know the car inside and out.

"Chicagoland is wide and fast. It's one of those tracks that you need to make sure you have a good handle on the car. If you are handling, you are going to be able to make those passes, especially coming off of the corner. It's probably going to be another of those tracks where track position is key. And that will really affect your race strategy, depending on the situation you get in during the race. We will always keep that in the back of our minds, that's for sure."

-source: jgr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Joey Logano , Kyle Busch
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing