LOGANO LOOKING TO FINISH THE JOB IN NASHVILLE Huntersville, N.C. -- You never get a second chance to do something the first time. Many first time achievements are commemorated by plaques or trophies to symbolize their importance. Yet other ...
LOGANO LOOKING TO FINISH THE JOB IN NASHVILLE
Huntersville, N.C. -- You never get a second chance to do something the first time. Many first time achievements are commemorated by plaques or trophies to symbolize their importance. Yet other firsts are used as springboard material to propel someone onto greater things. In the case of Joey Logano and Nashville Superspeedway, both apply.
As the NASCAR Nationwide Series converges on Nashville this weekend for the series' first "standalone" event, Logano will have a chance to reflect on how far his career has advanced since the last time he visited the 1.33-mile track in the No. 20 GameStop Toyota. The 18-year-old picked up his first career Nationwide Series pole there in 2008 in what was just his second race at the time. Since then, he has become the youngest race winner in NASCAR history and has found a full-time ride with Joe Gibbs Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Many people had heard the name Joey Logano before that Nashville pole. Many more will come to hear his name in the years to follow. However, that first taste of success in NASCAR's Triple-A division proved that Logano has the talent to continue his rise to superstardom.
"I'm really looking forward to Nashville this weekend. I've had some decent success in that city, but I haven't won there yet. I picked up my first career Nationwide Series pole in the second race there last year and we came close to winning at the fairgrounds track in 2007 in the NASCAR Camping World East Series. The speedway is a great racetrack for the Nationwide cars. It's an intermediate track like a lot of the others that we go to, but the concrete surface gives it a much different feel. We've had some very strong GameStop Toyotas at the intermediate tracks this year. If we have as good a car as we did last weekend in Texas we should be in good shape."
"Winning that first pole last year was a big deal for me. There was a lot of hype and buildup around my first start at Dover. To come back in my second race and grab the pole was huge for my confidence. I'm not sure what it showed the rest of the world, but I showed myself that I belonged here and that I could compete early in my career. It catapulted us to a big year. I wish we could have won that race, but we'll go back this time to finish the job."
* At a qualifying speed of 159.944 mph, Logano picked up his first career NASCAR Nationwide Series pole award at Nashville in June of 2008.
* Logano led a total of 64 laps in that race before getting into a crash while working his way through the field. He was running at the checkered flag.
* The No. 20 JGR Toyota, with Kyle Busch behind the wheel, led 125 laps on the way to victory in the 2008 edition of this event.
* The No. 20 JGR Toyota has competed in 13 Nationwide Series events at Nashville Superspeedway, garnering four top-5 finishes, nine top-10 finishes and three poles.
* Joe Gibbs Racing competed in the last Nationwide Series race at the Music City Motorplex at the Nashville fairgrounds in 2000. They are one of only a handful of teams entered in Saturday's race to have done so.
Primary: JGR #2093 This will be the first race for this new JGR chassis.
Backup: JGR #2083