Logano Parlays Kentucky NNS Win Into Full-Time Sprint Cup Series Opportunity
Eighteen-year-old NASCAR sensation Joey Logano, who scored his first NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) win in the "Meijer 300" at Kentucky Speedway this past in June, will take over the reigns of the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series machine beginning with the 2009 season.
The Middletown, Conn., driver nicknamed "Sliced Bread" has earned two pole awards and a total of three top-five and seven top-10 finishes in 10 Nationwide Series appearances this season and is scheduled to make his first Sprint Cup Series start at Richmond International Speedway Sept. 6 and compete in six additional races driving cars prepared by either Joe Gibbs Racing or its satellite Hall of Fame Racing team.
"This is a dream come true," Logano told reports during his news conference. " I couldn't be more excited to get in a car like this."
He also will attempt to make the 43-car Sprint Cup Series fields at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sept. 14, Kansas Speedway Sept. 28, Lowe's Motor Speedway Oct. 11, Martinsville Speedway Oct. 18 and Texas Motor Speedway Nov. 2.
The highly-touted driver will have the advantage of working with accomplished crew chief Greg Zipadelli, whose brother Steve helped Logano make a connection with JGR in 2005.
Greg Zipadelli teamed with Tony Stewart to guide the No. 20 team to Sprint Cup Series championships in 2005 and 2002. Stewart will enter the Aug. 31 series event at California Speedway ranked sixth in the current standings with eight top-five and 12 top-10 finishes.
Logano became the third consecutive NNS driver to earn his first series win at Kentucky Speedway this season. Stephen Leicht wheeled an NNS machine to Victory Lane in the Bluegrass State in 2007 and David Gilliland scored a win at the track in 2006.
Story by Mike Schmaltz
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