LOGANO TO KICK OFF 2008 IN GRAND NATIONAL DIVISION BEFORE HEADING TO NATIONWIDE SERIES DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 27, 2007) -- Defending NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East champion Joey Logano will return to NASCAR's top ...
LOGANO TO KICK OFF 2008 IN GRAND NATIONAL DIVISION BEFORE HEADING TO NATIONWIDE SERIES
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 27, 2007) -- Defending NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East champion Joey Logano will return to NASCAR's top developmental series to start the 2008 season before heading to the NASCAR Nationwide Series at the end of May.
Logano, 17, of Middletown, Conn., is expected to run NASCAR Grand National Division races until he turns 18 May 24. Eighteen is the minimum age for eligibility to enter events in NASCAR's three national series. Joe Gibbs Racing announced Friday at Atlanta Motor Speedway that Logano will make his Nationwide Series debut at Dover International Speedway May 31.
Logano will finish the season running Nationwide Series events.
The minimum age for the NASCAR Grand National Division is 16. The schedules for the West Series and Busch East Series are expected in the upcoming weeks.
Logano was 16 when he won the first NASCAR Grand National Division event he competed in -- the West Series race at Phoenix International Raceway in April. The same month, he began his Busch East Series championship season with his win at Greenville-Pickens (S.C.) Speedway. He went on to become the youngest NASCAR Busch East Series champion and the winningest rookie in series history. Logano scored five wins in 2007, and topped the season by winning the NASCAR Grand National Division's 250-lap NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway on Oct. 20.
The youngest winner in NASCAR Nationwide Series history is Casey Atwood, who was 18 years, 10 months in age when he won at the Milwaukee (Wisc.) Mile on July 4, 1999. The youngest driver to win a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event is Kyle Busch (20 years, 18 days) in 2005. The youngest driver to win in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series is also Busch (20 years, 126 days) in 2005.