No. 20 Home Depot Toyota News & Notes:

  • STRONG CAR, HARD WRECK, STAYING POSITIVE: Joey Logano proved himself to be one of the strongest cars on the track in Saturday night’s Bud Shootout at Daytona International Speedway. Logano started the event sixth and quickly moved his way to the front of the field and even led a lap in the crazy and unpredictable race. Several times during the race, Joey was either pushed or pushed another car to the front of the pack, proving the speed of the No. 20 Home Depot Toyota. Joey was running third on lap 54 hoping to log laps and battle for the win at the end when he was hit from behind by another competitor and spun into the wall. The damage was extensive and knocked the Home Depot Toyota out of the event, causing him to eventually finish 18th.
  • A DUEL IN THE DUEL: Logano and the No. 20 Home Depot Toyota qualified 21st for the Daytona 500 in Sunday’s qualifying session. That qualifying result will mean Logano and the Home Depot team will start ninth in the second Gatorade Duel 150-mile event on Thursday afternoon. Logano’s qualifying effort was the fastest of the three Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas (Kyle Busch qualified 27th, Denny Hamlin 37th) and was the third-fastest Toyota overall. Logano will be paired up with teammate Busch in the second Duel race, while Hamlin will partake in the first Duel event.
  • BACK TO DOUBLE DUTY THIS WEEKEND: This weekend will mark the season-opener for the NASCAR Nationwide Series and Logano will once again find himself doing double-duty. The last time the NASCAR Nationwide Series was at Daytona International Speedway in July, Logano found himself and the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing NNS team in Victory Lane. This weekend will be his first of 18 scheduled NASCAR Nationwide Series events.
  • WHO IS JASON RATCLIFF?: Most people know the new crew chief of the No. 20 Home Depot Toyota from his vast success with the Joe Gibbs Racing teams in the Nationwide Series. Ratcliff led JGR to the Owner’s and Driver’s championship in 2009 and another Owner’s Championship in 2010. Along the way, Ratcliff picked up 34 Nationwide Series wins for JGR with Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin and a total of 41 in his Nationwide Series career. Most people don’t know Ratcliff was born in Sumter, South Carolina and lived for a while in Louisiana and Texas. It was in Texas he got his start in racing, helping a local Sprint Car driver. When Ratcliff got introduced to NASCAR, it was in 1995 with Sadler Racing in Nashville, Tenn., as a mechanic and rear tire changer for drivers Chuck Bown and Gary Bradberry. He moved onto LAR Motorsports with Casey Atwood and Jeff Purvis before becoming Atwood’s crew chief at Brewco Motorsports in 1999. In addition, Ratcliff has worked with drivers Jamie McMurray and David Green, as well as JJ Yeley, Brad Coleman, Aric Almirola, Kelly Bires and Ryan Truex at JGR.
  • NEW FACES IN NEW PLACES: In addition to Jason Ratcliff, the No. 20 Home Depot Racing team has added a couple of new faces, while a majority of the team has stayed vastly the same. Rocky Ryan will serve as Joey’s spotter for the 2012 season. Ryan spent the last few years spotting for David Ragan in the Sprint Cup Series. Leo Thorsen is the only new “A-team” addition to the team and will serve as a general mechanic on race weekends. The Home Depot pit crew has two new additions; Joe Crossen will serve as the team’s new rear-tire changer and comes over from the No. 17 Roush-Fenway team while Chris Taylor will be the new front-tire carrier and joins JGR from the No. 1 Earnhardt-Ganassi team.
  • SOCIAL MEDIA UPDATE: Joey and teammate Kyle Busch had some fun on Twitter this past weekend at Daytona. While waiting for practice to start, Kyle posted “Hey @mattkenseth @jamiemcmurray @JLogano @dennyhamlin, where u guys at? KB first in line!!” Joey posted a photo from the driver’s seat telling Kyle he was four cars back. Then, before the second practice session, Joey posted “Just got in line for our 2nd practice. Noticed @KyleBusch isn’t first in line this time.” You can find Joey on Twitter @jlogano, on Facebook at facebook.com/joeylogano20 and on YouTube at youtube.com/joeyloganoracing. Home Depot Racing can be found on Twitter @HomeDepotRacing
  • RACE INFO: The Gatorade Duels are set for Thursday, Feb. 23rd at Daytona International Speedway at 1pm ET. The races will be broadcast on SPEED (TV) and MRN (radio). The Daytona 500 will take the green at 1pm on Sunday, Feb. 26. That race will be broadcast on FOX (TV) and MRN (radio).

Logano’s Career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Stats:

Starts

Wins

Top 5

Top 10

Poles

Laps Led

Earnings

Avg. Start

Avg. Finish

111

1

14

29

3

147

$14,260,870

18.7

19.1

Logano’s Career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Stats at Daytona International Speedway:

Starts

Wins

Top 5

Top 10

Poles

Laps Led

Earnings

Avg. Start

Avg. Finish

6

0

1

1

0

1

$ 1,369,259

22.8

22.8

From the Cockpit:

Joey Logano Quotes: “I’m really happy with how we performed in the Bud Shootout and I think that really bodes well for us in the Duels Thursday and in the 500 on Sunday. We learned a lot about how the draft works, how our car reacts and how the new rules package affects the car. After the race Saturday and again on Sunday, Jason and I talked about things and came up with a game plan of some stuff we are going to try on the primary car to make it a little more like the Shootout car. Our qualifying efforts weren’t that great, but that is what we expected. It’s not that big of deal though. It’s all about how you finish in the Duels. Unless you are on the front row, qualifying doesn’t mean a whole lot in Daytona.

“I’m disappointed in the finish of the Bud Shootout, but I’m really looking on the positive side of things. We had a car that could have easily competed for the win. I think we were one of the better cars out there for sure. The car would go where I wanted it to and it was fast both pushing and getting pushed. You couldn’t do a lot of pushing because the cars would get hot quick and would take a long time to cool down, but when you did, you really gave someone a good head of steam or got one yourself. It was a whole different style of racing. It was pack racing, but different from the pack racing we’ve seen before. It was like a mix of two-car and pack racing all together.”

“I think Jason and I worked well together for our first race. I kept telling people we were still on our honeymoon because we hadn’t even worked a Cup race together yet. Well, now we are just an old married couple I guess because we’ve got a race under our belt. I think our communication was great all weekend. Jason is so smart and really takes the time to think things over before making any major changes to the car. He was also very upbeat and kept me positive despite getting in that accident in the Shootout. I think the more time we spend together and working together, the better we’ll be.”

From the Pit Box:

Jason Ratcliff Quotes: “Our car was good on Saturday night. I felt like we had a really good package in the Shootout. We had something Joey was confident in and he could draft well with and that is always the most important thing at these type of tracks. The driver has to be comfortable and confident in the car and I think Joey was both of those. It didn’t matter what line he was in or who was helping him, the car was fast and secure. Now, our job will be to take that and put it in the 500 car. The baseline setup I feel pretty good about going into the 150s. We will make some minor tweaks and get it close and I feel like we will have a really solid car. One thing we also learned, especially after watching the Shootout practices and race is that it doesn’t look like we want to have any more track time than necessary. That will probably allow us to cut back on some time out there on the track. One thing you don’t want to do is tear up your car in a practice wreck or even in the wreck in the 150s. We had a good car in the Shootout and our 500 car should be even better than that, so you want to keep it clean and ready to go for Sunday.”

The Joe Gibbs Racing Machines:

  • PRIMARY CAR INFO: The No. 20 Home Depot team will take chassis #293 to Daytona for the 500. The car has run previous restrictor-plate races in the past.
  • BACK-UP CAR: Chassis #325 will serve at the team’s backup for Daytona. It’s the same car the team used in the Daytona test back in January.