Joey Logano to Run Interstate Colors in Martinsville
Joey Logano was less than a year old when Interstate Batteries® Chairman Norm Miller and Joe Gibbs Racing kicked off what has grown to become one of the longest-running and most successful partnerships in all of NASCAR in 1991.
As Interstate and JGR celebrate their 20th anniversary together in 2011, perhaps it’s only fitting that the Interstate Batteries scheme first made famous by legendary driving greats Dale Jarrett and Bobby Labonte on JGR’s No. 18 racecars finally adorns JGR’s No. 20 racing machine for the first time in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition.
While Logano’s JGR teammate Kyle Busch and his No. 18 Toyota Camry have carried the flag for Interstate during the last four Sprint Cup Series seasons, it’ll be Logano’s turn to represent the longtime JGR sponsor for the first time during Sunday’s TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.
And, Logano would love nothing more than to become the fourth driver in history to find his way to victory lane in a Sprint Cup points-paying race wearing Interstate colors.
“I think it’s awesome,” Logano said. “I like Norm. I think he’s an awesome guy. To be able to drive his car is pretty neat. They’ve been with Gibbs for a long time and there have been some great drivers who have driven with Interstate Batteries on the car. So, to finally get to drive it is going to be a real treat.”
Logano’s chance to shine wearing Interstate green, white and black comes at one of his best racetracks over the course of his first three-plus seasons on the Sprint Cup Series tour. He has an average finish of 13.0 in his first five appearances at the .526-mile paperclip-shaped Martinsville oval, bettered only by his average finish of 8.2 after six starts at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.
“I like Martinsville after going there several times, now,” Logano said. “I think I’ve figured something out as far as getting around the place, and I finished second there last fall. I’ve run well there and I’ve always had fast cars.”
With Interstate Batteries on-board for the first time this weekend, Logano hopes to continue his momentum on NASCAR’s shortest racetrack while adding another successful chapter to an already long and storied racing history for the venerable sponsor.
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