New Hampshire International Speedway
ANOTHER SHOT FOR HOMETRACK GLORY: Joey Logano hails from Middletown, Connecticut. However, with no racetrack on the schedule in the state of Connecticut, New Hampshire Motor Speedway takes the spot of Logano’s “hometrack” on the NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule. And Logano’s past NNS history at NHMS is good. In two-career races at the track, Logano has a average start of fourth and an average finish of third. In 2009, Logano led over half the race (108 laps) after starting from the pole, only to finish second to Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch. Last season, after starting seventh, Logano raced towards the front, led some laps and finished an eventual fourth.
A LITTLE SHORT ON FUEL LAST WEEKEND: Logano and the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing bunch headed back to Kentucky Speedway last weekend hoping to extend their streak of both poles and wins at the 1.5-mile track. The pole streak fell first, with Logano qualifying fourth for the 200-lap event. Then, in the race, Logano fought handling in the No. 20 GameStop Toyota, but the team appeared to play fuel strategy just right, crossing the start/finish line fourth as the white flag flew. However, despite doing all of the fuel saving he could, Logano ran out of gas on the final lap and had to coast back to the finish line, eventually coming home 10th and ending his streak of three-straight victories in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Kentucky.
SUMMER BREAK UPCOMING FOR LOGANO: When the checkered falls on this weekend’s NASCAR Nationwide Series event at New Hampshire, Logano will find himself on “summer break” of sorts from the Nationwide Series. Logano’s next scheduled event in the NNS won’t be until Aug. 13 when he races at Watkins Glen International. Until then, the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota will be piloted at a number of standalone events by JGR development drivers.
CHASSIS: The JGR team will take chassis #20132 to New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It will be the first race of the season for the chassis. Chassis #20127, which last raced at Michigan as the primary car, will serve as the team’s backup.
Joey Logano: “New Hampshire Motor Speedway has always been a pretty special place for me. It’s really the closest track we have on the schedule to where I’m from, so we always seem to have a lot of added attention on us up there. I always have some family come to the track, which puts a little more pressure on you because they don’t get to watch you race in person that often anymore, so you want to win for them. Also, it’s the track I got my first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win at, which was cool. But that came under a red flag for rain, so you want to win there again and get to celebrate the right way.
“We’ve run well in the past with the GameStop Toyota at New Hampshire. A couple of years ago, we should have won the race. I think we were the best car, but Kyle (Busch) got by us late in the going, and we had to settle for second. Last year, we were solid, but not as good as we should have been. This year, we’ll be strong. New Hampshire is a unique place and a place you need to get the setup right on to have a good day. If you are off just a little bit, you are off a lot. With these new style of cars, you can’t take a whole lot of what made you good at places in the past back there. Things handle so differently and drive so differently. So going out there will be like going out there the first time again. But we’ll be strong and I think we’ll have a shot to win the race.
“This is the last race in the GameStop Toyota for a month or so, so I’d like to go out with a win. GameStop has been a huge supporter of mine, and it’s time to get them back in Victory Lane with the Captain America car. There would be nothing cooler than to win at my home track and get the GameStop folks back in Victory Lane. And I think we have a shot to do it this weekend.”
Adam Stevens: “Even though New Hampshire is a mile track, a lot of people pretty much consider it a short track and run it like one. That makes us feel really good going into the weekend, because the Joe Gibbs Racing short track program is really strong. If there is one place where we are excelling right now would be on our short track program and in our (restrictor) plate program. At both of those styles of tracks, we are always a team to beat, and I think that will show this weekend.
“Loudon is so flat that it takes a good handling car to be fast. If you get off a little, it will really show in the times. But Loudon is a place with a lot of passionate fans and a lot of Joey Logano fans, so this would be a great place to get another win with the No. 20 Toyota. On top of that, it’s probably one of the neatest areas we go to all year long, so when you are enjoying the weekend away from the track, it gives you an added jump to just do that much better at the track. Plus, I’m ready to get some of that good Northeast lobster.”
By: joe gibbs racing