No. 20 Home Depot Toyota News & Notes:

  • MAKING THE BEST OF VEGAS: Joey Logano and the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Sprint Cup Series team didn’t have the best of weekends on Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. But the sign of a driver and a team changing their fortunes is making the best of a bad situation, which is exactly what Logano did last weekend. Logano started strong and ran second early, but the handle on his No. 20 Toyota quickly went away and he eventually fell a lap down running as low as 25th at one point. However, the team continued to try and improve the car and Logano was able to race his way from 23rd up to 16th over the race’s final 20 laps. The finish kept Logano in the top-10 in the point standings, where he is tied for eighth with Martin Truex Jr.
  • WANT AN AUTOGRAPH? COME TO BRISTOL: Logano will participate in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver autograph session on Friday night at Bristol as part of Food City Race Night. Logano will sign autographs with Jeff Gordon and Kurt Busch beginning at 5:00 pm and lasting until 5:45. The autograph session will be held in the hospitality area at Bristol Motor Speedway. Wristbands will be distributed at the tent. There is a limit of one autograph per person due to time restraints
  • LOGANO ALSO A RACE FAN AND OBSERVER: Joey Logano isn’t just a racecar driver. He’s also a race fan. For the second time this year, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series will run a companion event around the Sprint Cup Series weekend. And just like in Phoenix a few weeks ago, Logano will turn from racer to race fan and watch the event with vested interest. First, the Joe Gibbs Racing K&N East Series team will make their season debut with new driver Darrell Wallace Jr. behind the wheel. Logano won the K&N Pro Series East Championship and Rookie of the Year with the JGR team in 2007 and the team won the championship again last year with driver Max Gresham. Also, Logano’s best friend and roommate Coleman Pressley, who is a former driver himself, serves as a crew chief for driver East Series driver Daniel Suárez.
  • BRISTOL A SPECIAL PLACE IN LOGANO’S CAREER: While Logano’s career stats at Bristol show zero wins and zero top-fives, it’s a track that the 21-year-old enjoys and normally runs well at. It also holds a special place in Logano’s career-highlights resume. Logano won the pole at Bristol Motor Speedway in the spring 2010 race and, in the process, became the youngest driver to ever win a Sprint Cup Series pole at 19 years, nine months and 23 days, eclipsing the previous record that was held by JGR teammate Kyle Busch. In fact, of all the tracks on the Sprint Cup Series schedule, Bristol is his best at average starting position. Logano has qualified first, third, eighth and ninth over the course of his career at Bristol. His career-best finish is a 13th, which came in the fall race last season.
  •  TOP-10 IN POINTS YET AGAIN: For the first time in his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career, Logano has now spent three-straight weeks in the top-10 in the point standings following his 16th-place finish at Vegas. Logano is currently tied for eighth in the Sprint Cup Series point standings, just 27 points out of the top spot and just four points out of fifth. Logano spent two-straight races in the top-10 in the point standings at the beginning of the 2010 season before falling out following the Vegas event.
  • SOCIAL MEDIA UPDATE: Vegas provided a bunch of great “photo” opportunities for Logano on the social media front this past weekend. Joey posted photos of he and girlfriend Sabrina Simpson zip-lining and hiking. He also asked fans to give him ideas on his intro song for the Bristol event. 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 Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway (Bristol, TN; .533-mile short track) is set for Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 12:30 pm ET. That race will be broadcast on FOX (TV) and PRN (radio).

Logano’s 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Season Stats:

Starts

Wins

Top 5

Top 10

Poles

Laps Led

Earnings

Avg. Start

Avg. Finish

3

0

0

2

0

2

$549,293

9.7

11.7

Logano’s Career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Stats:

Starts

Wins

Top 5

Top 10

Poles

Laps Led

Earnings

Avg. Start

Avg. Finish

114

1

14

31

3

149

$14,810,163

18.5

18.9

Logano’s Career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Stats at Bristol Motor Speedway:

Starts

Wins

Top 5

Top 10

Poles

Laps Led

Earnings

Avg. Start

Avg. Finish

6

0

0

0

1

4

$732,292

10.3

25.5

From the Cockpit:

Joey Logano Quotes: “I’m really looking forward to getting back to the short tracks and get back to what so many of us grew up doing which is short track racing. Bristol is a great place to race and it’s actually gotten even better since they reworked the track a couple of years ago. To be able to go there and race side-by-side with someone is a lot of fun and it’s something that a few years ago, you never would have thought about being able to do. Before, it was a one-groove track and if you got pushed up high, it was like a superspeedway and you would get freight-trained until you found a hole. Now, there are points in the race where you would rather be up in the high groove and get the run off the corner. It’s almost like you are racing at a Michigan and California and seeing a couple of different lines working for different cars throughout the course of the event. It’s crazy.

“The biggest thing you have to be aware of at Bristol is just that; being aware. It’s such a unique visual from the driver’s seat that you really don’t see very far ahead of you, especially in the corners. You just have to know what is going on and have to rely on your spotter to keep an eye open and make sure you stay out of trouble. I’ve always had really good cars at Bristol, I just don’t have the finishes to show for it. I feel like we will be better this year and I think we can come out of there with a top-10. That’s big right now is to just keep getting top-fives and top-10s and keep ourselves in the points race, especially early.”

The Joe Gibbs Racing Machines:

  • PRIMARY CAR INFO: Chassis #339 will ride with Logano and the Home Depot team in Bristol this weekend. The car is brand new for the season.
  • BACK-UP CAR: Chassis #331 will serve at the team’s backup. The backup is also a new car for this year.

No. 20 Home Depot Toyota / Joe Gibbs Racing Team:
Driver – Joey Logano
Crew Chief – Jason Ratcliff
Car Chief – Jason Shapiro
Race Engineer – Jacob Canter
Engineer – Mike Lorusso
Spotter – Rocky Ryan
Shock Specialist – Dusty Boyd
Mechanic – Scott Geerts
Mechanic – Todd Foster
Mechanic – Leo Thorsen
Tire Specialist – Jerold Shires
Engine Tuner – Mike Johnson
Tires – Bill Byrne
Truck Driver – Thomas “Thumper” McCrimmon
Truck Driver – Scott “Scooter” Crowell
Jackman – Jason Tate
Gasman – John Eicher
Front Tire Changer – John Royer
Front Tire Carrier – Chris Taylor
Rear Tire Changer – Joe Crossen
Rear Tire Carrier – Eric Groen