Joey Logano Becomes “King of Kentucky“ With Third Straight Win in GameStop Car at Kentucky Speedway
GRAPEVINE, Texas -- Joey Logano kept his perfect record intact and earned the new nickname “King of Kentucky” on Saturday night, driving his No. 20 GameStop Toyota into Victory Lane, winning the Meijer 300 at Kentucky Speedway for the third straight year. Logano took the lead for the final time on lap 176, holding off a hard-charging Carl Edwards and a fast-moving rain storm to earn his seventh-career NASCAR Nationwide Series victory and his first of the 2010 season.
“I don’t know what it is about this place, but I guess I really like it,” said Logano after the race. “I never really thought we’d go two-for-two. And now to go three-for-three at this place is pretty amazing. I’ve won all three races here in my GameStop car. I can now call Kentucky my favorite racetrack for sure.”
When the green flag flew, Logano took the lead early and led until the first round of pit stops on lap 22. Pit strategy and an approaching weather front forced a number of cars to utilize different pit strategies, but the No. 20 GameStop Toyota always remained near the front. Logano led on five different occasions and took the lead for the final time following a late-race restart, then held off a charging Edwards to take the victory. Logano led a race-high 106 of the 200 laps en route to the victory.
“Of all of my Nationwide Series wins, this might be the most special of them because I really had to work for this one. We knew that the rain was coming and Kevin (Kidd, crew chief for the No. 20 team) kept telling me that I needed to make sure I got into the lead and stayed there, in case the rains came before we got all 200 laps in. Thankfully, we were able to get the whole race in, and we were able to get this GameStop car into Victory Lane. I guess this means will probably have to come back next year to try and go for four-in-a-row.”
This is the third year GameStop has sponsored Logano and the No. 20 GameStop Toyota with Joe Gibbs Racing. The pairing has been very successful, with Logano posting seven victories.
“We are all so proud of Joey and the GameStop car,” said Paul Raines, CEO of GameStop. “We had almost 200 employees at the race who got to witness first-hand what a competitive driver Joey is when he pilots our car. It’s great to have a driver like him who’s not only passionate about racing, but about video games too. Joey is so representative of our customer base. GameStop and Joey make a powerful team, and the No. 20 crew proved that last night in Kentucky.”
The GameStop car sported Nintendo’s Super Mario Galaxy(TM) 2 as the featured video game on the No. 20 GameStop Toyota during the Meijer 300.
“I’m happy to get this win for not only Paul and all of the GameStop employees, but also for Mario,” joked Logano, referring to his car’s Super Mario Galaxy 2 paint scheme. “I’ve always loved driving these cars when Mario is on the hood, and now I was able to get him in Victory Lane with my first win of the 2010.”
With the win, Logano remained seventh on the NASCAR Nationwide Series point standings despite running only 10 of the 14 races thus far. However, the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing team was able to jump to second in the owner’s standings. They now trail the No. 22 team from Penske Racing by just 77 points.
About GameStop Corp.
Headquartered in Grapevine, TX, GameStop Corp., a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company, is the world’s largest video game and entertainment software retailer. The company operates 6,486 retail stores in 17 countries worldwide. The company also operates an e-commerce site, GameStop.com, and publishes Game Informer(R) magazine, a leading multi-platform video game publication. GameStop Corp. sells new and used video game software, hardware and accessories for video game systems from Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft. In addition, the company sells PC entertainment software, related accessories and other merchandise. General information on GameStop Corp. can be obtained at the company’s corporate website: http://www.gamestopcorp.com.
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