Logano to start in No. 59 Toyota
"Sliced Bread" is paying a visit to the Truck Series.
, the highly touted 18-year-old rookie who will inherit the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 next year in Sprint Cup, will make his first NASCAR superspeedway start Saturday at Talladega in the HT Motorsports No. 59 Toyota Tundra.
Logano has made 14 starts in Nationwide cars this season, but the series doesn't run in the Talladega fall race. He also wasn't scheduled to drive in the Talladega Cup race this weekend.
"It's a great partnership because he needs some experience at Talladega going into Daytona next year, and we need someone to help us start getting some momentum for the rest of the year," HT Motorsports team manager Donny Vaden said. "He's a great kid and he has a ton of talent. It's going to be exciting to watch him this weekend.
Logano's partnership with HT is for one race. Ted Musgrave
was the driver of the No. 59 until two weeks ago at Las Vegas, when he parted ways with the team following a practice accident. Stacy Compton
stepped in on short notice to drive in that race, crashing out in 28th place after a blown tire.
Musgrave is the series' oldest regular driver at age 52. Logano will be the youngest to start a Truck race this year.
ARCA race gives glimpse to '09
Next year's season opener at Daytona is four and a half months away, but a preview of sorts will be this weekend, and not just in Saturday's Truck race. Friday's ARCA race will include Chrissy Wallace
and Ricky Carmichael, two rookies expected to make a splash in Trucks next year.
Wallace has made four starts this season in Germain Racing Tundras with a nod toward a full season next year, and the 20-year-old will make her first superspeedway start in the No. 18 ARCA Camry.
"I'm excited to experience a new type of racing, and I guess I'm kind of nervous because of it being such a big fast track -- it's a track I've only experienced in a rental car," said Wallace, who will lean a lot on father, Mike, a superspeedway ace driving the No. 9 Tundra on Saturday.
Carmichael, a former Motocross and Supercross champion, is racing a Kevin Harvick Inc. Chevrolet in ARCA for the first time as he continues adjusting to life on four wheels.
"My goal is to learn as much as I can and do a good job for KHI so I can get approved by NASCAR to race at Daytona next year in the Truck Series," Carmichael said. "That's the big picture here: showing what we can do and trying to get the sponsor support to go Truck racing in 2009. I need to finish the race, avoid trouble and try my best to earn all of the experience and respect that I can."
will pull double duty at Talladega, aiming for a second consecutive win in the Bill Davis Racing No. 5 and driving the No. 84 Red Bull Racing Team Camry in Sunday's Cup race. He'll also drive for Red Bull at Charlotte next week.
returns to his part-time Truck seat in the No. 51 Billy Ballew Motorsports Toyota. He won the spring Cup race at Talladega.