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NASCAR watching Robby Gordon after wreck

Posted by Digory Kirke on August 10, 2009

Robby Gordon did his best to head NASCAR off at the pass. After dumping Joey Logano in the Nationwide Series race on Saturday at Watkins Glen International, Gordon met with NASCAR at the trailer prior to the drivers meeting on Sunday to explain his side of the story.

Gordon, who salvaged a 14th-place finish after the incident Saturday, said he hoped “in the future we will both race each other cleaner.” Gordon added that he didn’t expect any further repercussions from NASCAR. However, Sprint Cup Series director John Darby said that any final outcome would depend on Gordon’s behavior in Monday’s rain-delayed Cup race.

“This whole turn of events started with Joey running into the back of my (car) in Turn 10,” Gordon said in a press release. “He then knocked me sideways in Turn 11. To show him my displeasure, I ran him down towards the inside wall on the front straight. I tried to do a crossover move in Turn 1 to get back by him; however, I misjudged a little, resulting in both of us getting flat tires.”

Gordon said the pair “were racing for the lucky dog position” at the time of contact. Gordon said Logano “wrecked the No. 34 of Tony Raines … after the bus stop chicane” which allowed Gordon to clear the No. 20 in Turn 9.

“He saw that I was going to pass him for the Lucky Dog position, so he tried to block me,” Gordon said. “This maneuver resulted in his right rear tire connecting with my left front. From there, I felt he would be OK because he was in the section where the outer loop was. Rather than going down the inner loop, he decided to cut across the grass, hitting the tire barrier.”

Once Logano emerged from his flame engulfed car and was cleared at the infield care center, he was scored 33rd.

“We had a good car,” Logano said. “Probably not a winning car, but we could have continued our top-five streak. We just got wrecked. I don’t know what his problem was, but there is no room for that. The frustrating part is that I’m not going to be back in this car until Atlanta.

“You can’t fix stupid. It’s forever.” (Hey Joey I like you but can you come up with your own orginial line, instead of using another drivers sound bite from the first New Hampshire race this season?)

This is the second straight weekend Gordon has been involved in an on-track altercation. In last Monday’s rain-delayed Pennsylvania 500, the driver of the No. 7 was penalized five laps for aggressive driving after bumping into David Stremme during a caution period.

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Max Papis top Raybestos Rookie in Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen Qualifying

Posted by Digory Kirke on August 8, 2009

2009 Raybestos Rookie Contender

2009 Raybestos Rookie Contender

Where the Raybestos Rookies qualified at Watkins Glen:

Papis 16th
Speed 26th
Logano 35th

RAYBESTOS® ROOKIE CONTENDER QUALIFYING QUOTES FOR THE HELUVA GOOD! SOUR CREAM DIPS AT THE GLEN NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES RACE AT WATKINS GLEN INTERNATIONAL.

MAX PAPIS IN THE No. 13 GEICO TOYOTA WAS THE TOP RAYBESTOS ROOKIE IN QUALIFYING TODAY AT WATKINS GLEN.

Papis will start 16th in Sunday’s race, his best start in 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.

Papis was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race at Infineon (Sonoma, Calif.) Raceway earlier this season (race No. 16) where he scored a career-best 12th-place finish.

All three Raybestos Rookies entered at Watkins Glen qualified for the race.

PAPIS: DOES QUALIFYING GET ANY EASIER ON FRIDAY AFTERNOONS? “No, it doesn’t get any easier let me tell you. We did a great job all day today with the GEICO crew. They gave me a great car. You know being out of the top-35 is definitely something that requires all the mental effort. You can’t really go out and push it super-hard because there is too much to risk. I pushed myself. I said go, go hard, go hard, doesn’t matter. Even if it comes back in a ball of fire it’s better like that than not making the show. It’s still not easy to push yourself when you know that a slip of a half a second can cost the race and the effort of the weekend. So far I’m really pleased and we’ve got a fast car in the GEICO Toyota. Let me tell something: I really love all the crowd out here. I want to say thanks to all the people. Thanks for all the support because you guys mean the world for me and you are riding with me. Thanks a lot guys. Love you.”

ARE YOU MORE COMFORTABLE ON A ROAD COURSE VERSUS AN OVAL? “You know here we got to test the car and we knew what we h ad in our hands. So it was like alright, we know that if we do a good job we can go fast. It’s not easy when you are going to new tracks like ovals where we’ve never been, never run the car once, and you’ve only got six or eight laps to prove how you can do it. It’s difficult but it’s relatively easier.”

WHAT WOULD BE A GOOD FOR YOU HERE ON SUNDAY? “Win the race. I really feel that, you know, I’m going to be out there grinding my teeth and pushing as hard as I can and I think that’s definitely the way you need to race these races. If you are conservative you go backward.”

SCOTT SPEED, No. 82 RED BULL TOYOTA:

ARE YOU PLEASED WIT THAT LAP? “I think we said before going in there we knew we didn’t have good pace. We’ve been struggling with the braking area since we got here. I’d say for us it was a good lap. It was really clean, did everything I wanted it do so I’m really happy with that. We got it solidly in the show and you know we have all day tomorrow to make it better for the race.”

WHAT DOES YOUR CAR NEED TO DO TO PASS CARS HERE AND FOR YOU TO HAVE A GOOD DAY ON SUNDAY? “Stop [laughs]. If it stops good and if it comes off the corner good you’re going to have a good day.”

JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 THE HOME DEPOT TOYOTA:

THIS WAS A CHALLENGING DAY FOR YOU. “I don’t know, I just screwed up by three tenths my qualifying lap so I deserve to start in the back.”

HOW DIFFICULT IS IT TO QUALIFY HERE? YOU HAVE LIMITED EXPERIENCE. “It’s tough. It’s definitely one place that I feel like the Nationwide car hurt me for qualifying at least where I just overdrove every corner after getting out of the other car. You don’t realize how much more speed you’re carrying over here than over there and drove it off the racetrack. At least we know we’re better than where we’re starting but I have my work cut out for me.”

MY WORD

GO JOEY GO! WIN the Raybestos Rookie Contender Award! YOU ARE THE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR, SHOW THEM!

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Logano finding a charitable side in games near home

Posted by Digory Kirke on July 28, 2009

*This story/article is exactly one month old. I forgot to get it posted, however it and Joey deserve to have it placed here even if it is late. My apologies.

Matt and Chris Zapel hung out with Joey Logano on Thursday.

Matt and Chris Zapel hung out with Joey Logano on Thursday.

For a few moments this week, Matt and Chris Zapel forgot they were sick.

They forgot that at any given moment they could be admitted to lengthy hospital stay as both teenagers — two brothers from New Hampshire — were born with Cystic Fibrosis. Although, when you have such a tremendous distraction as a visit from your favorite NASCAR driver, forgetting your struggles tends to become a little easier.

“The fact that we were sick didn’t even come up, not once,” said Matt, 19. “It was like we were just all hanging out playing video games, relaxing … but it was with Joey Logano.”

Traveling to New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend, Logano, the 18-year-old Joe Gibbs Racing driver, made a visit to David’s House, a charitable outlet that provides a home-away-from-home environment for families with children receiving treatment through the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth in Lebanon, N.H.

Upon his arrival, Logano brought with him two Nintendo Wii game systems, two Xbox 360s and a handful of games, as well as special controllers from his sponsor, GameStop.

The children staying at David’s House, along with the Zapel brothers, were elated. No. 1, they had new electronics to keep them entertained. And No. 2, they had an expert gamer to show them new techniques.

“We played NASCAR Kart Racing for Wii and I know we had a conversation but I can’t remember really because I was so concentrated on beating him. It was a pretty serious game. We were all into it,” Matt said.

The memories Logano left with the Zapel brothers will be talked about for weeks to come. (I’d say years to come, memories were created and are priceless!)

But for Logano, entering NASCAR’s world of charitable acts and philanthropic foundations isn’t always going to be upbeat and pleasant. The responsibilities aren’t always going to be filled with cheerful ribbon-cutting ceremonies, check presentations in front of a grateful crowd or even the opportunity to shower sick teenagers with gifts.

Being a NASCAR driver, or a philanthropist such as Logano who is in a position to do impactful work, requires expressing true emotion and the ability to display extreme compassion.

As Logano learned for the first time in 2007, it is difficult walking in to a hospital full of sick children and teenagers his same age, struggling with illnesses they may never overcome.

“It’s tough to think about,” said Logano on his way up to David’s House on Thursday. “The first time I had ever walked through the hospital, I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. You just try to be as sensitive as you can to the situation. You ask as many questions as you think they can handle but at the same time you don’t want to bring it up because you want them to take their minds off of why they are in the hospital.”

For a host of reasons, Logano has the capacity to create a comfortable balance for the young people he encounters. His youth, huge smile and curious giggle make Logano the perfect ambassador for the work he wants to carry out with the children’s hospital and their partners in the New Hampshire area.

“I can definitely say that he didn’t seem like he was doing it because he had too. He came to David’s House with the games because he wanted,” Matt said. “It was because of his attitude. He seemed happy to spend time with us. It wasn’t just a publicity thing but definitely from the heart.”

Matt is a huge fan of Logano’s because his brother, Chris, works for Home Depot and GameStop — but more because he is a driver Matt can relate to since they’re only a year apart in age.

“It’s cool. I’ve never been older than a NASCAR driver,” Matt said. “But seriously, I’ve had professional football players visit me in the hospital and NBA stars, but they all kind of intimidate me, made me feel a bit threatened. But Joey, you know, I’m not afraid to say anything stupid because chances are he’s going to understand or be thinking the same thing.”

Logano has yet to establish his own charitable foundation, but soon enough he will follow the example of the dozens of Cup stars who do. The event at David’s House was his first major foray and he hopes to continue to do more with his time and resources.

“You go to these hospitals and realize how lucky you are, and if you’re fortunate enough to help them and spend time face-to-face with them then you should,” Logano said. “It’s neat to be able to do stuff like this and to be able to hear stories like [the Zapel brothers’]. It’s neat because to me I’m just Joey, but to them I’m someone else — but someone else that can help them.”

Throughout all the notoriety and success that brought Logano to his new home in North Carolina, the young driver, a native of Connecticut, hasn’t forgotten his New England roots, which is why he chose to support David’s House and the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth.

“New Hampshire is obviously a big weekend for us. It’s a little bit of a homecoming for me. I still have a lot of family and friends up here,” Logano said. “I’ve designated these two facilities as my official charities and I want to show them that I support them 100 percent. They do a great job serving the children of New England and I want to help them in any way that I can.”

Matt and Chris watch while Joey Logano plays games with Cody and Carol.

Matt and Chris watch while Joey Logano plays games with Cody and Carol.

MY WORD: I am so proud of this young man. He shows he is mature beyond his years on the track when compared to some of today’s drivers but he can still be that “kid” to people his own age.

The charities he has picked to support are commendable along with Joey himself. This article did make me mist up I’ll admit it, and it made me like this young man and driver even more. I am very proud of Joey and to call him one of my drivers. I look foward to seeing a great many things come from him.

Great things both on and off the track. God bless you Joey!

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Logano shines in his Cup Series Brickyard debut

Posted by Digory Kirke on July 28, 2009

joey-loganoAfter starting in rear, works his way up to 12th-place finish.

The word mature has been used to describe Joe Gibbs Racing rookie Joey Logano a lot lately. But one could argue the adjective fit most on Sunday evident by the way Logano, 19, made his way through the field in his first outing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, one of the most technically difficult tracks NASCAR visits.

The youngest driver to make a start in the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, Logano was forced to start at the rear of the field due to an engine change. Nevertheless, he and the No. 20 team climbed into the top 15 in less than 100 laps and brought home a 12th-place finish.

He even showed maturity near the end during a battle with Juan Montoya, who dominated Sunday’s race but faltered after a pit road speeding violation.

“We were racing hard,” Logano said surveying his No. 20 Toyota after the 400-mile race. “Every position counts you know. We run hard. I didn’t want to blow our good finish away though. It’s like race hard but eventually enough is enough and you’ve got to be smart out there. We had a really good car. We took off on restarts like no other.”

The team and crew chief, Greg Zipadelli, were pleased with the finish. Still, Logano regretted not being able to start closer to the front — he originally qualified 18th.

“We could run with top-10 cars,” he said. “We were as fast as anybody on the restarts, just at the end I started over-driving it and giving it all I had and killed the car. I’ve had to start in the back before for other reasons and had a real good race car. If we were at Charlotte or somewhere you can move around and pass race cars it wouldn’t be a big deal, but here it’s a big deal.”

A big deal because passing is difficult. The racing groove is narrow at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the speeds are fast making it rather challenging heading into the corners.

Logano managed however to pass 31 cars, mostly in the short chute, he said.

“That was the best place for me. That way I could try and clear them before I get off to the big straightaway so I could keep some momentum going,” Logano explained. “That’s kind of a big deal there. That’s probably the biggest part where it’s hard to get them. You get them wherever the heck you can really. It’s so tough. It’s all about timing.

“You get behind these cars at the same speed or you’re faster and I mean just get behind them and you’re stuck. You’re totally screwed and you can’t do anything about it. … So you’ve got to get them quick when you get there but you’ve got to have a plan while you creep up on them.”

Zipadelli, who has two previous Brickyard wins with Tony Stewart, was impressed with Logano’s run and the entire team’s effort.

“It was a great day for our group, [Logano] did a great job all weekend,” he said. “Those green flag runs gave us opportunity to gain track position and he’s learning and he’s doing better. The whole team is doing better and I couldn’t be prouder.”

The start of Logano’s rookie season left opponents wondering if Joe Gibbs Racing made the decision to take Logano Cup racing too soon. But since Darlington and his Cup win at New Hampshire, the young racer has silenced the critics.

“You never die and keep digging and figuring all this out. The motivating part is, like I say, getting better every week and going to some of these places for the first time like here and running better than we would in the beginning of the season at a first-time place. That’s motivating to me,” Logano said.

“[We] ran good at Indy so that’s pretty neat for the first time here and we had fun with it. Learned a lot and we’ll come here next time and be even better.”

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Logano Named New Young Gun

Posted by Digory Kirke on July 11, 2009

Joey Logano

Gillette®, the world’s leading grooming brand, today announced that it will heat things up this summer by adding recent NASCAR race winner Joey Logano, driver of the No. 20 Home Depot Toyota, to its elite group of Gillette Young Guns Drivers which includes Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne and Ryan Newman.

Logano earned his rookie stripes from his fellow Gillette Young Guns during the filming of a new commercial to support the Gillette Optimal Shave indicator strip, which alerts consumers that it is time to change their blades when the strip color changes from blue to white. The commercial features all seven Gillette Young Guns and highlights Logano as the latest addition to the roster of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stars. The ads will begin airing during the broadcast of the July 11 LifeLock.com 400 from Chicagoland Speedway.

“Joey is one of the hottest drivers in the sport and we are pleased to welcome him as the newest member of the Gillette Young Guns,” said Michelle Potorski, Associate Marketing Director, Gillette North America. “Our new commercial is about change — whether it’s reminding consumers to change their blades or adding a teenage rookie sensation to our Gillette Young Guns roster. We’re proud to have Joey join the team and look forward to watching his career take off in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.”

In his first full-time year in NASCAR’s highest level of competition, Logano became the youngest driver in the sport’s history – at 19 years, 35 days – to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, taking first place at the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 in Loudon, N.H. on June 28.

So far this season, Logano has recorded four top-10 finishes and currently sits atop the Rookie of the Year standings. His surging popularity landed him one of racing’s top honors when he was voted by the fans to drive in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.

The 30-second commercial was created by BBDO New York and filmed in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Gillette Young Guns program, now in its sixth year, continues to be a core marketing platform for Gillette. Throughout its tenure, Gillette Young Guns drivers have combined for four NASCAR Cup Series Championships and four Daytona 500 victories, including Ryan Newman’s historic victory at the 50th running of the Daytona 500 in 2008.

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