Joey Logano and No. 20 Home Depot Team – Bristol Motor Speedway Advance

Joey Logano   No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry Jeff Byrd 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway   

The Home Depot Team Notes of Interest

·         Joey Logano is looking for his first top-10 finish at Bristol Motor Speedway and is hoping to do just that in the Jeff Byrd 500.  Despite having great qualifying efforts at the half-mile track, Logano has been unable to finish on the lead lap in his four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts.  Logano’s finishes are attributed to two blown tires (August of 2010), a pit road speeding penalty (March of 2010), an early-race incident (August of 2009) and an engine failure (March of 2009). 

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·         About the last race: The Home Depot Toyota was running in the 10th position at Las Vegas Motor Speedway when green-flag stops began on lap 235 of the 267-lap race.  Zipadelli made the call for a two-tire stop on lap 241 to gain track position, but the NASCAR Official in the pit told the team there had been a tire violation on the stop and Logano would have to serve a penalty.  It dropped Logano from sixth to 23rd and one lap down to the leader. 

·         The Home Depot Team is currently tied for 28th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings following the third race of the 2011 season.  The team has accumulated 53 points so far this season and sits 38 points out of the series top 10.

·         Logano will be back running double duty this weekend.  Aside from piloting the No. 20 Home Depot Toyota in the Jeff Byrd 500 on Sunday, Logano will once again race the No. 20 Toyota in the NASCAR Nationwide Series event on Saturday.  Logano has two top-10 finishes in the Nationwide Series at Bristol in four starts.

·         Logano will make two public appearances at the track this weekend to meet and greet with fans.  Logano will be at the GameStop display on Friday night for the Food City Race Night from 7 – 8 p.m. at the track, and Sunday morning he will make a stop at to the Toyota Pit Pass Stage at 9:30 a.m.

·         The No. 20 Home Depot Team is taking chassis #278 for Logano this weekend in an attempt to turn this 2011 season around.  This is the chassis Logano drove to a fourth-place finish at Richmond last fall and to a 17th-place finish at Kansas Speedway.  The back-up chassis is #275 that Logano most recently drove to a sixth-place finish at Martinsville Speedway in October.

·         To access information on The Home Depot Team visit: www.joegibbsracing.com and follow twitter.com/homedepotracing, twitter.com/joegibbsracing and twitter.com/jlogano.  

Logano Quotes on Bristol: “I like Bristol. It’s a fun track.  I don’t think you will find a driver or a fan that doesn’t get excited for Bristol.  But as for luck, I don’t have any there.  Every time I go there now all I want is one uneventful race in the Home Depot Toyota.  Hopefully we’ll have an uneventful race this weekend, that’s what I’m looking forward to there. We were doing great for 400 laps last March at Bristol, and then I got a speeding penalty on the only green-flag stop of the day.  Fast cars have never been an issue, and we’ve always qualified well which is huge at Bristol, but for some reason I can’t get to the finish without something happening.  That’s kind of been the story of this season too, so maybe Bristol is the place that will change all that.  Heck, why not?”  

No. 20 Home Depot Team Primary Team Members: Crew Chief – Greg Zipadelli                                    Car Chief – Jason Shapiro                                      Engine Builder – Mark Cronquist            

Lead Engineer – Jacob Canter                               Engine Specialist – Michael Johnson                       Spotter – Mark Robertson   Over-The-Wall Crew Members: Jackman – Jason Tate                                            Front Tire Changer – John Royer                           Front Tire Carrier – Brett Morrell Gas Man – John Eicher                                           Rear Tire Changer – Coleman Dallarhide              Rear Tire Carrier – Eric Groen   Other Crew Members: Truck Drivers – Tom McCrimmon, Scott Crowell    Tire Specialist – Jerold Shires                                 Shock Specialist – Dusty Boyd

Mechanics – Scott Geerts, Todd Foster                  Pit Support – Bill Byrne                                            IT Support – Nathan Boone Second Engineer – Mike Lorusso   At track media contact:  Heather Kincel/ Elevation Group of Companies / 704.632.2007

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