Logano Brings Momentum to Kentucky

Joey Logano

Logano currently sits a season-high 20th in the championship standings. (Photo: Getty Images)


Joey Logano will be bringing momentum into his best NASCAR track this weekend as he looks to pick up a trophy in the Sprint Cup Series’ debut at Kentucky Speedway.

Logano is coming off a successful few weeks that saw him score his first consecutive top-10 finishes of the Sprint Cup Series season and a Nationwide Series win at Daytona.

"Momentum is a really big deal in our sport," Logano said. "But obviously coming off Sonoma with a pole there in the Home Depot car, winning a West race out there, coming in sixth in the Cup race, going in this weekend and winning the Nationwide race in the Sport Clips Toyota and having a third-place run, all that just builds momentum, and that's something we needed as a team a lot lately."

Logano is shooting for his fourth consecutive Nationwide win at Kentucky. (Photo: Getty Images)But the momentum doesn't stop at just the past couple races, as Logano heads into Friday night's Nationwide Series Feed the Children 300 as the three-time defending event and pole winner.

"Winning there (Kentucky) was huge, and I think the last one was really cool, too, just because it was a record," said Logano, who leads all NASCAR drivers in wins at the 1.5-mile track. "To get three poles and three wins in a row at one racetrack wasn't done before at the time, so it was pretty neat to be able to do that. It's just a really fun racetrack. I like it a lot."

Logano's 2008 Kentucky win was his first career triumph in the Nationwide Series, one that helped his path to becoming the driver of the Home Depot Toyota in the Sprint Cup Series.

"I think each win for me is definitely real special for sure," Logano said. "My first one was probably the most special there at Kentucky being my first win, my third start. It was really, really big. I felt like that was one of those key moments in my career that was able to get me into my Sprint Cup ride that I have now. You see some guys that are able to win a race pretty quick like that, they get people thinking about you and moving you up pretty quick."

Kentucky has only hosted Sprint Cup teams for test sessions throughout the years, but on Thursday teams will have six hours of testing available as they gear up for Saturday night's Quaker State 400.

"All these guys are going to get laps on the racetrack, and you've got to remember, I'd be willing to say at least 95 percent of them have been to Kentucky before when we were able to test there," Logano said. "And a lot of guys do run the Nationwide race."

But even with the test sessions, Logano believes his previous success will give him a slight leg up on the competition.

"I'd say I've got a little bit of an advantage, but I think a lot of it is going to come down to getting your car good," Logano said. "I think my big advantage that I have is I just know what I need to make the car go faster. I know what I need when the race starts and all that. I think that's an advantage that I might have there."

The test session will give Logano and the Home Depot crew more track time with the tire combination that came from the Goodyear tire test at Kentucky, one area the team continues to improve on as the 2011 schedule reaches the midway point.

"I think it's taken us a long time to figure out what we need with the tire to make our cars go fast and a matter of myself getting used to it and figuring out what I need to deal with and what I need to focus on to make the car go faster," said Logano, who was one of seven drivers to test the tires on June 1. "I think all that is kind of what really threw us all for a loop. You see a lot of guys this year that were real strong last year that aren't as strong now but are starting to figure it out as the season keeps going."

Thursday's first Sprint Cup test session will kick off at 11:05 a.m. (ET).

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