Monday, January 11, 2010
Joey Logano enters NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown
The NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown just got a little more star power.
Joey Logano, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rookie of the year and driver of the No. 20 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, will race in the Showdown at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale on Jan. 29.
“I’m really excited to have an opportunity to get back out to the Toyota Speedway for the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown,” Logano said. “I had a lot of fun last year and we are going try and get the trophy back this year.”
This will mark Logano's third start in the Showdown. He won the race in his first start in 2007. He nearly won the race in 2009 when he crashed on the last lap and took out Peyton Sellers, the race leader.
Logano will be driving a car owned by NASCAR Camping World Series East owner Mike Olsen.
“We are really excited to have The Home Depot on board with us for the weekend,” Logano said. “Mike Olson from Fadden Racing stepped up and is going to provide us a solid car for the weekend. We have Kevin Kidd coming out with us to call the race so we feel like we have a pretty good shot.”
Logano's new Nationwide Series crew chief, Kevin Kidd, will also be calling the shots for the Showdown race.
Logano will be part of a Showdown field that includes Ryan Truex, the younger brother of Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr., former Cup Series driver Steve Park, Jason Bowles and Greg Pursley.
The Showdown is at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale on Jan. 29-30.
Photo: Joey Logano, driver of the No. 20 GameStop/Brutal Legend Toyota, celebrates winning his second consecutive NASCAR Nationwide Series Copart 300 at Auto Club Speedway on Saturday in Fontana, Calif. (Credit: Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)