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NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SERIES

MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

Sunday, August 15, 2010 on ESPN

 

Joey Logano meets 750 fans at the Home Depot in Jackson, MI

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

NASCAR driver Joey Logano meets a young fan at the Home Depot store in Jackson, Mich. on Aug. 12, 2010.

by Jason Rzucidlo
americajr@americajr.com

 

JACKSON, Mich. -- Joey Logano was born on May 24, 1990 in Middletown, Connecticut. He will drive the #20 Home Depot Toyota Camry in the CARFAX 400 and the #20 GameStop/Sport Clips Toyota Camry in the CARFAX 250 at MIS this weekend. The NASCAR driver made an appearance at the Home Depot store in Jackson, Mich. to meet and sign autographs for 750 fans.

Logano, who is now a NASCAR driver, actually started racing at the young age of six.

"I started up in Connecticut when I was six driving quarter midgets," he explained. "I kind of moved down from there to Georgia and ran Bandoleros, legends cars and late models and Joe Gibbs Racing signed when I was 15 and the rest is history there."

The NASCAR driver became the youngest driver to win a Nationwide Series race at 18 years, 21 days old and the youngest driver to win a Sprint Cup Series race at 19 years, 35 days old. The Sprint Cup victory came at the 2009 Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

"It's pretty cool, you know, it's two records that you've got a certain amount of time to get them while you're young," Logano said. "That was cool to get both of them. It's an honor to have a record like that in both series really."

Home Depot is his main sponsor for the No. 20 Toyota Camry in the Sprint Cup Series. How important is that sponsorship?

"It's huge, you know, any sponsor you have, you've got to treat them as best you can," the NASCAR driver responded. "That's our main deal. If we don't have a sponsor, we don't go racing. We're fortunate to have the Home Depot with us. It helps us a ton."

Logano said he enjoys racing at Michigan International Speedway because of its wide turns and straightaways.

"Michigan is a very fun track as a race car driver," he said. "It's cool because you get to move around the track a lot. You go from the top to the bottom, anywhere you want. You can really adjust the car by where you run there. It makes it fun. Restarts are crazy, especially the double-file restarts we've got now. We're definitely moving around three or four-wide a lot."

The NASCAR driver is currently sitting 21st in Sprint Cup Series points and 13th in Nationwide Series points.

"The Nationwide I'm not worried about because I missed seven or eight races," Logano replied. "We're not running for points over there. The Cup series we definitely have to be better than where we are. I feel like we have decent speed every place we go to. We just don't have the consistent runs. Lately, we've been getting ourselves in trouble and not having the best that we're capable of. We just need to take a step back, regroup and go at it."

What are your goals for the remainder of the racing season?

"We've got to pick it back up to where we were earlier in the season," he said. "We were having a lot of top five, a lot of top 10 runs. Now, we definitely need to get back to that spot so we need to get some consistent runs going again, solid top five, top 10 runs again."

Fans waited in line for hours to meet Logano at the Home Depot store, which is located about 17 miles northwest of Michigan International Speedway. Not only were there fans from Michigan, but also people who drove all the way from Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, other states and even far away as Toronto, Ont.

Jen and Randy Higgs drove six hours to meet the NASCAR driver and get his autograph. They live in Mount Albert, Ont. and make it to both the June and the August races at MIS each year.

"He's got a great personality, you know he likes his fans," said Jen Higgs. "He appreciates us coming out. MIS is amazing. They devote, especially to us Canadians, they put a day out for us. They're fan friendly. They're fan plaza is amazing. Their tent city is you can buy whatever you want. We've been here since Tuesday. Thanks to the sponsors for remembering the fans are the ones that drive everything and letting us get close to the driver."

Joey Logano will start 27th in Sunday's CARFAX 400 race at MIS. He will also race in the CARFAX 250, but qualifying has not taken place yet.

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

Interactive displays and a kid's workshop in the parking lot of the Home Depot store.

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

Fans are waiting in line to meet and get an autograph from Joey Logano.

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

A representative from Home Depot and Logano

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

A girl waits for an autograph from Logano.

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

A woman takes a photo of Logano as he autographs a picture.

 

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