No. 20 Dollar General Toyota News & Notes:

  • DOLLAR GENERAL’S CUP SERIES DEBUT: The Las Vegas weekend will be huge for new Joe Gibbs Racing sponsor Dollar General. This weekend, DG will make its Sprint Cup Series debut as primary sponsor, taking its yellow and black colors to the No. 20 Toyota driven by 21-year-old Joey Logano. It will be the first of 12 scheduled events where DG will sponsor the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota in the Sprint Cup Series. Dollar General has been a mainstay sponsor in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the last several seasons, but moved over to the Joe Gibbs Racing operation this season to expand their program. In addition to the 12 races in the Cup Series, Dollar General will also serve as the primary sponsor for Brian Scott in the entire Nationwide Series schedule and 10 additional Nationwide Series events with Denny Hamlin and Logano behind the wheel.
  • LOGANO FEATURED IN NASCAR TELECONFERENCE: Each week, NASCAR choose one driver to be featured in its weekly national Teleconference for all media members and on the back of two strong top-10 runs and an eighth-place position in the point standings, Logano will be this week’s featured driver. The Teleconference is open to all media members and is a way for those outlets not able to make it to the track on a weekly basis a chance to talk to some of the biggest story makers in NASCAR.
  • A LOOK BACK AT LAST WEEK: Coming off of a strong ninth-place run at Daytona International Speedway, Logano backed it up last Sunday in Phoenix with a 10th-place finish in the Subway Fresh Fit 500, making him one of only five drivers who have notched top-10 finishes in the first two races of the season. Logano was a constant top-10 threat in Phoenix before a late-race caution and pit stop put him back in traffic. Logano couldn’t get his No. 20 Toyota out of dirty air and was mired in about 13th position, but the pit stop proved the right call, and Logano was able to slide into the top-10 as other drivers who hadn’t pitted began to run out of gas under green. Logano now sits eighth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings.
  • VIVA LAS VEGAS: Statistically, Las Vegas Motor Speedway is Logano’s third-best track on the Sprint Cup Series schedule. He’s got an average start of 10.7 (second best of all tracks, including two-straight sixth-place starts) and an average finish of 14.0. Logano’s average finish could actually be better if it weren’t for problems. Last season, Logano was running solidly in the top-five before a tire penalty on pit road with just 25 laps to go put Logano at the back of the field and he finished 23rd.
  • SOCIAL MEDIA UPDATE: Twitter has become a big sensation in NASCAR and Joey has taken to it with grace. In Phoenix, Logano spent a lot of time answering questions from fans. He also asked fans for suggestions for his theme song for the Bristol event. Since the start of the season, Logano has nearly doubled his number of followers, which now sits at just over 61,000. His goal is to get to 100,000 followers by the end of the season and he is now halfway to his goal. You can find Joey on Twitter @jlogano, on Facebook at facebook.com/joeylogano20 and on YouTube at youtube.com/joeyloganoracing. Dollar General Racing can be found on Twitter @DGRacing.
  • THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 DOLLAR GENERAL TOYOTA: Dollar General vendor partners Pine-Sol, Hanes, Betty Crocker, Hefty Reynolds Wrap and Gain will be highlighted on JGR’s No. 20 Toyota Camry this weekend at Vegas.
  • THE RACE: The Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (Las Vegas, NV; 1.5-mile oval) is set for Sunday afternoon, March 11, 2012. The race will be broadcast on FOX at 2:30 p.m. ET, with radio coverage on PRN

Logano’s 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Season Stats:

Starts

Wins

Top 5

Top 10

Poles

Laps Led

Earnings

Avg. Start

Avg. Finish

2

0

0

2

0

2

$438,063

10.5

9.5

Logano’s Career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Stats:

Starts

Wins

Top 5

Top 10

Poles

Laps Led

Earnings

Avg. Start

Avg. Finish

113

1

14

31

3

149

$14,698,933

18.6

18.9

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

Starts

Wins

Top 5

Top 10

Poles

Laps Led

Earnings

Avg. Start

Avg. Finish

3

0

0

1

0

1

$414,516

10.7

14.0

From the Cockpit:

Joey Logano Quotes: “This is a big weekend for the No. 20 team for a couple of reasons. First, we have a lot of momentum riding from the first two races of the year and we want to keep that up. Getting through the first five races of the year is very important and coming out of them with solid finishes and a good spot in the point standings. We’ve got the first two under our belt and we want to keep it going coming out of Vegas. It’s been a really good track for me and I’ve always run well there. It’s just a track I’ve taken to and like a lot.

“It’s also a big weekend because this will be our first for Dollar General as a primary sponsor on the Cup side. It’s always big when you have a new sponsor come into the sport. They’ve been around on the Nationwide Series side for a while, but for a sponsor to come in and step up at the Cup level is huge. Rick (Dreiling, Dollar General’s CEO) is a huge NASCAR fan as are Dollar General customers. I can think of nothing better than to have the Dollar General car up front and maybe even put it in Victory Lane.”

From the Pit Box:

Jason Ratcliff Quotes: “I am very pleased with how the first two races have gone so far. We had a strong car at Daytona; strong enough to win the race. So you always have to be happy when you come out of there with a good finish and a car in one piece. And Phoenix started slow, but we made a lot of gains all weekend long and came out of there with a top-10. I was excited how team stayed after it and how they worked on the car. We were in it all day long, we just lost track position. Hopefully going into this weekend, it builds momentum. It’s something we can build on. Joey is excited and fairly confident right now. We have, as a team, what it takes to go up there and be competing for top-fives, top-10s and even to win races. That is our goal, we want to win races.”

The Joe Gibbs Racing Machines:

  • PRIMARY CAR INFO: The Dollar General team will take chassis #316 to Las Vegas.
  • BACK-UP CAR: Chassis #323 will serve as the team’s backup car.

No. 20 Dollar General 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

About Dollar General:

Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for more than 70 years. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, house wares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations.

Dollar General is committed to the communities it serves and is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education. The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations that help individuals learn to read, prepare for their GED or learn to speak English.

Find the Dollar General store nearest you or learn more about the company at www.dollargeneral.com or on Dollar General’s Facebook page.