Talladega: Joey Logano preview

Huntersville N.C. - The last time Joey Logano stepped behind the wheel of a No. 20 Toyota with GameStop as the sponsor he capped off a successful weekend with a trip to Victory Lane at the Nashville Superspeedway. This weekend, Logano and team...

Huntersville N.C. - The last time Joey Logano stepped behind the wheel of a No. 20 Toyota with GameStop as the sponsor he capped off a successful weekend with a trip to Victory Lane at the Nashville Superspeedway. This weekend, Logano and team will tackle the track that put the word "super" in superspeedway: Talladega.

At 2.66 miles, Talladega Superspeedway is the largest track on the NASCAR circuit. Its 33 degrees of banking make it one of the steepest as well. The restrictor-plates that NASCAR places on the motors make Talladega a cousin of Daytona International Speedway because the horsepower-zapping plates force the drivers to race in tight packs at both tracks.

Logano had a very strong GameStop Toyota in the first race of the season at Daytona. The Joe Gibbs Racing chassis underneath the driver had won all three restrictor-plate races in 2008. He had plenty of confidence that he had a car that could contend for the win. He showed that strength early in the race. With a few laps remaining in the race, Logano had to move up the track to avoid another car and he brushed the outside wall. The minimal damage was enough to cut a tire and relegate him to 20th place. He is focused on erasing that memory this weekend.

Joey Logano Quotes

"I'm really looking forward to getting back into the GameStop Toyota this weekend at Talladega. Our win at Nashville did a lot for this team. We know that's what we are capable of and hopefully our second win of the season will come on Saturday. We're taking the same car that we ran at Daytona. I feel like we were one of the cars to beat in that race, but I got into the wall towards the end. Dave (Rogers, crew chief) and the guys have worked hard back at the shop to make sure the car is even better this time."

"I'm feeling pretty confident in my ability to get the car to Victory Lane this weekend. Drafting is still new to me, but I did make two starts at Talladega last year. When we went to Daytona, all of my experience came during Speedweeks. I'd never made a competitive lap around the place until February. Talladega is not a new track to me. I have an ARCA and truck start here from last year and that should help me out a lot. Restrictor-plate racing is all about working with other drivers and putting yourself in position at the end of the race. By the time the race starts I'm going to try to have as many friends as I can out there."

Noteworthy

* Logano is running a partial Nationwide Series schedule in 2009 and has missed one race, at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, thus far. He still sits sixth in series points.

* Logano's best Talladega finish came in a 2008 ARCA Re/Max Series race when he finished second after moving up from the 23rd starting position.

* In his only NASCAR start at Talladega, Logano qualified sixth and finished 26th in a 2008 Camping World Truck Series event.

* The last time the NASCAR Nationwide Series visited Talladega the JGR No. 20 team won the pole and the race.

* In eight Nationwide Series starts at Talladega the No. 20 team has garnered two wins, three top-5 finishes, three top-10 finishes and one pole award.

-credit: jgr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Joey Logano
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing