Kentucky: Joey Logano preview

LOGANO LOOKING TO REPEAT AT KENTUCKY Huntersville, N.C. -- Joey Logano made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut amid much hype and scrutiny in 2008. He was called the next great, American racer by everyone from ESPN to veteran NASCAR driver ...

LOGANO LOOKING TO REPEAT AT KENTUCKY

Huntersville, N.C. -- Joey Logano made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut amid much hype and scrutiny in 2008. He was called the next great, American racer by everyone from ESPN to veteran NASCAR driver Mark Martin. A typical teenager would need time to adjust to all of the cameras and microscopes that come with being tabbed as racing's next superstar.

One year later, it is easy to see that Joey Logano is not your typical teenager. He came out of the box as fast as he drives. In his second career start, just two weeks after turning 18, Logano picked up his first Nationwide Series pole. The very next week at the Kentucky Speedway, site of this weekend's event, Logano took his GameStop Toyota to Victory Lane from the pole position, becoming just the second driver in Kentucky history to do so.

The win at Kentucky was an acceleration point in Logano's meteoric rise through NASCAR. He has since picked up one more Nationwide Series win and has a full-time ride in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He returns to Kentucky this weekend to try to become the first repeat winner in Nationwide Series history at the 1.5-mile oval. Logano has made a career out of doing things that have never been done and no one is counting him out on Saturday night.

Joey Logano:

"That win at Kentucky was one of the biggest things, if not the biggest thing, that's happened in my career. It was our third race in a Nationwide car with GameStop on the hood and my whole family was there so that was neat. At that time the No. 20 car was running really good, no matter who was in the race car. We got our first pole in Nashville a week before and another pole and won the race a week after that. So we came out strong, that's for sure. That was a big deal. It's helped me earn a lot of respect in the pits, and it just kept building up from there. It's good to set a first impression. You know, first impressions mean everything in life in general, so to have a good start like that was a pretty big deal."

"Kentucky is a two-groove racetrack. That's kind of the way I look at it. And I think that's perfect. I remember last year when I was running behind Kyle and I got an aero-push, which is what you get with these race cars these days. So you've got to move around and try to get some clean air, and I ended up moving a lane up. I was able to keep working on my run and get closer and closer. Finally, I was able to pass him. That was a cool thing about the racetrack. You can move up, and you can still be fast. You're not stuck in one lane or anything like that. There aren't cars running all the way to the top and all the way to the bottom. There are two, good, solid racing lanes, and it works good. You can run three-wide around that place if you want to. It's probably not the smartest thing to do, but you can do it."

Noteworthy

* With his 2008 win at Kentucky, Logano became the youngest winner in one of NASCAR's top touring divisions at the age of 18 years and 21 days.

* Logano also became the second driver to win a race from the pole at Kentucky.

* The No. 20 JGR entry has competed in every Nationwide event held at the Kentucky Speedway. Its tally includes one win, three top-5 finishes, four top-10 finishes and one pole.

* Logano will be looking to become the first repeat winner in the eight-year history of the Nationwide Series at Kentucky.

* The No. 20 entry has finished no lower than sixth in the last three trips to Kentucky.

* PROTOTYPE, an action game for Microsoft Windows, Xbox and Playstation 3, will adorn the sides of the No. 20 this weekend, along with GameStop.

Chassis Info

Primary: JGR #2089

History: This chassis last raced at Texas in April. Logano qualified 10th and raced his way up to third before getting involved in a small accident and finishing 12th.

Backup: JGR #2073

-credit: jgr

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