Dollar General, JGR finalize deal

Updated: October 13, 2011, 3:03 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Retail chain Dollar General has finalized a deal with Joe Gibbs Racing for the 2012 Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series seasons that will put the sponsor on Joey Logano's No. 20 car for 12 Cup races.

Gibbs Racing made the announcement Thursday.

In addition to its foray into the Cup series, Dollar General will be the primary sponsor of the No. 11 Nationwide Series car driven by Brian Scott and sponsor Kyle Busch and Logan for 10 Nationwide races. Dollar General also will sponsor Busch for 10 Truck Series races within the Kyle Busch Motorsports team.

Home Depot almost exclusively has been the primary sponsor of the No. 20 car since 1999, when the company entered the sport with Tony Stewart. Gibbs said Thursday that he approached Home Depot and asked for permission to add another sponsor to the No. 20. This was not a reflection, Gibbs said, of the performance of Logano, who is 23rd in Cup points and has finished no better than 16th in the points standings the past three years.

"We've got a long-term deal going forward with (Home Depot)," Gibbs said. "When this opportunity came up and we had an opportunity to talk to (Dollar General), and the fact they would like to make an entry into Cup racing, we went to Home Depot with this idea."

David Newton covers NASCAR for ESPN.com. He can be reached at dnewtonespn@aol.com.

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