Race 2 Win
Home
Sprint Cup
Nationwide Series
Photo Gallery
Forum
Silly Season
Newsletter
Television


Nationwide Series
News and Results | Point Standings | 2008 Schedule | 2007 Schedule and Results | 2006 Schedule and Results


GameStop to Join Joey Logano in First Career Nationwide Start

World’s Largest Video Game Retailer to Serve as 18-Year-Old Phenom’s Primary Sponsor at Dover and Again at Nashville and Richmond While Providing Associate Sponsorship for Remainder of 18-Race Schedule

Joey Logano
Joey Logano
 
CONCORD, N.C. (May 24, 2008) – Joe Gibbs Racing officials announced today in a press conference at Lowe’s Motor Speedway that GameStop (NYSE: GME), the world’s largest video game retailer, will sponsor Joey Logano in his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut May 31 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. The Grapevine, Texas-based company will continue to serve as Logano’s primary sponsor on the No. 20 Toyota Camry during the series’ next race June 7 at Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway and again Sept. 7 at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway while providing associate sponsorship for the remainder of Logano’s 18-race Nationwide Series schedule.

“Joey’s debut in the Nationwide Series is something all of us at Joe Gibbs Racing have been looking forward to for a long time,” said J.D. Gibbs, president of Joe Gibbs Racing. “He’s developed so quickly that the only thing holding him back from running the Nationwide Series sooner was his age. Now that he’s 18, he finally gets to take that next step in his racing career. We’re very happy to have GameStop as a partner for Joey and we look forward to a great future together.”

“At GameStop, we are committed to giving power to the players, and sponsoring Joey Logano and the No. 20 Toyota is just one example of how we do that,” said Tony Bartel, executive vice president of marketing and merchandising for GameStop. “Few people know that Joey is almost as enthusiastic about video gaming as he is about racing. This is why we’re thrilled that GameStop’s special promotion will make it possible for racing and gaming enthusiasts to join in the excitement surrounding Joey’s Nationwide Series debut.”

“I can’t wait to get to Dover,” said Logano, who clinched the 2007 NASCAR Camping World Series East championship at Dover last September. “I’ve been doing a lot of testing and racing here and there, but it will be good to get back in the groove of racing on a regular basis. The Nationwide Series is the next step, and I’m proud to take that step with Joe Gibbs Racing and GameStop.”

Logano has rocketed up the racing ladder since competing in quarter-midgets at age six. He earned three championships in quarter-midgets before advancing to Bandoleros by age nine. He promptly won the Summer Shootouts at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Lowe’s Motor Speedway to earn yet another championship.

From there, it was onto Legend cars, where a 12-year-old Logano set a track record of 14 consecutive wins at Atlanta Motor Speedway, along with winning the Young Lions National Championship in 2002. Logano also won the Pro National Championship in 2002, making him the youngest champion in Legends history.

After conquering his opponents in Legends, Logano made a successful transition to Late Model stock cars. At 13, Logano competed in the Georgia Late Model Series and the Southern All-Stars, winning three times.

Winning meant another step up the racing ladder. In 2004, Logano participated in the American Speed Association (ASA) and the ASA Late Model Series, where he earned five top-five and eight top-10 finishes.

Logano’s rapid climb toward a career in NASCAR got a boost when Joe Gibbs Racing signed the youngster to its driver development program in 2005. Just days after turning 15, Logano made his debut in the Hooters Pro Cup Series. Less than a month later on June 11, Logano scored his first Hooters Pro Cup win at Mansfield (Ohio) Motorsports Speedway.

The 2006 season saw continued success in Hooters Pro Cup, with Logano winning two races and a pole en route to a solid fifth-place finish in the Southern Division point standings. It was a precursor of the success Logano would attain in Camping World East in 2007.

By simply starting the season-ending Camping World East race at Dover on Sept. 21, Logano clinched the 2007 Camping World East championship. And he did it with style, leading three times for a race-high 79 laps before finishing second in the 150-lap race on the 1-mile oval.

Logano’s ninth podium finish capped a season that saw the Middletown, Conn., native take seven checkered flags – five in Camping World East, one in the NASCAR Camping World Series West where Logano made his Joe Gibbs Racing debut at Phoenix International Raceway, and at the Oct. 20 NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale (Calif.), which is billed as the “Daytona 500 of Short Track Racing.”

Logano’s win at Phoenix sparked his Camping World East campaign. The then 17-year-old never went more than two consecutive races without a victory, as Logano won the Camping World East season-opener at Greenville-Pickens (S.C.) Speedway April 28, Iowa Speedway in Newton May 20, New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon June 29, Adirondack Speedway in Beaver Falls, N.Y., July 29 and New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sept. 14.

Logano’s most recent triumph came May 4 at Rockingham (N.C.) Speedway, where he won his first career ARCA/REMAX Series race in dominant fashion by winning the pole and then leading five times for a race-high 257 laps in the 312-lap Carolina 500.


News and Results | Point Standings | 2008 Schedule | 2007 Schedule and Results | 2006 Schedule and Results

©Copyright 2008 Race 2 Win