Phoenix II: Denny Hamlin preview

Huntersville, N.C. -- Joey Logano will take a late season break from the NASCAR Nationwide Series as he hands over the reins of his No. 20 GameStop Toyota to his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Denny Hamlin, at the Able Body Labor 200. The 19-year-old...

Huntersville, N.C. -- Joey Logano will take a late season break from the NASCAR Nationwide Series as he hands over the reins of his No. 20 GameStop Toyota to his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Denny Hamlin, at the Able Body Labor 200. The 19-year-old driver has taken the GameStop colors to Victory Lane five times in 2009. Logano will be back in his familiar ride for the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. (Note: Logano is not competing full-time in the Nationwide Series this year.)

This will be Hamlin's fourth race in the No. 20 Toyota in 2009, but his first with GameStop as the sponsor. A driver of his caliber will help the team remain inside the top-5 in the Nationwide Series owner standings. He qualified this car on the pole for the fall race at Richmond, where he led 101 laps.

Nintendo of America, Incorporated will share the car with GameStop.

Denny Hamlin:

"Phoenix is one of my favorite racetracks. I really wanted to run this race as part of my part-time Nationwide Series schedule. It's kind of a blend between Richmond and Loudon, and I love both of those tracks too.From the start of my career I have always loved the unique tracks like Phoenix - they bring the best out of me in the racecar and I know the fans love it also. There needs to be more unique tracks like Phoenix on the schedule."J

"The New Super Mario Bros. Wii car looks really cool. Like a lot of guys my age, I remember when I got my first Nintendo. Now I have a Wii at home and in my motor home that I play all the time. It's amazing how a lot of things come full circle. When I was younger I was a big fan of Joe Gibbs and Nintendo. Now I have both of them wrapped up in this racecar."

Joey Logano:

"I'm glad that GameStop was able to pick up the race at Phoenix. There is no one I would rather have drive my GameStop Toyota than Denny Hamlin. He will be a threat to win."

-credit: jgr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Denny Hamlin , Joey Logano
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing