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Logano goes for two in a row at Phoenix

When you are a teen-aged NASCAR driver, the opportunity to set records appear boundless. Every time you fire up your car, the prospect of achieving something no one before you has accomplished appears around the next turn.

When you are a teen-aged NASCAR driver, the opportunity to set records appear boundless. Every time you fire up your car, the prospect of achieving something no one before you has accomplished appears around the next turn.

That has been the case for Joey Logano since his first Nationwide Series race at Dover, one week after turning 18 last May 24.

Logano, who became the first 18-year-old to win two NASCAR races when he won the Nationwide race last week at Nashville, will try to win consecutive races for the first time in Friday night's Bashas' Supermarkets 200 at Phoenix International Raceway.

"I love Phoenix," said Logano, who got his first win in his third Nationwide start. "It could be one of my favorite tracks, if not my favorite."

That's interesting, considering Logano has yet to run there in the Sprint Cup or truck series and has one start in Nationwide, a 10th-place finish in November.

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"There's just something about it--I took to that place immediately," he said. "I ran the Camping World West race out there and won that. I should have won the Nationwide race out there last year, so we have been fast every time we've been there."

Logano received extra time on the track in January when he participated in a tire test in his Cup car. "It's just a place that I seem to understand well."

Logano is fifth in the Nationwide standings, the only driver in the top 15 who has not started all six races. Besides his win, he has two other top 10s in five races.

Three to watch

Kyle Busch, No. 18: Busch has two wins, a second and a fifth in seven starts at Phoenix. His 449 laps led is the track record.

Carl Edwards, No. 60: Edwards' average finish of 4.0 is tops among drivers with more than one start. In eight races, his lowest finish is eighth as a rookie in 2005. Like Busch, he has two wins at Phoenix, including one last year.

Brad Keselowski, No. 88: After a slow start, Keselowski posted back-to-back third-place finishes to move into fifth in the standings. He'll have to buck history at Phoenix to continue his surge. In four races, his best finish is 12th and his average finish is 21.5. He needs a strong run to keep within striking distance of Edwards and Busch.

Track chatter

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Greg Biffle: "Phoenix is a fun track, but it can also be a challenging track. Going into Turn 1 is kind of like road racing in the way you use the brakes, but from the center off, it's like a typical oval. It has a D-shaped backstretch, which is unique and Turns 3 and 4 make a long corner for a 1-mile track. It also has a very narrow frontstretch, so passing can be difficult."

Paul Menard: "Phoenix is a tough track because it's more of a flat track and it has two different corners. You have to adjust your car for both coming off of Turn 2, as well as getting into (Turns) 3 and 4.  It isn't a track that's symmetrical at both ends, so it creates a bit more of a challenge."

Fast facts

What: Bashas' Supermarkets 200

Where: Phoenix International Raceway; Avondale, Ariz.

When: Friday, 8:30 p.m.

TV: ESPN2, 8 p.m.

Radio: MRN/Sirius XM Satellite Ch. 128

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Race distance: 200 laps / 200 miles

Track layout: 1-mile oval

2008 winner: Kyle Busch

2008 polesitter: Kyle Busch

Points leaders: 1. Carl Edwards, 959; 2. Kyle Busch, 936; 3. David Ragan, 799; 4. Jason Leffler, 762; 5. Brad Keselowski, 733; 6. Joey Logano, 728; 7. Justin Allgaier, 676; 8. Brendan Gaughan, 676; 9. Scott Lagasse Jr., 672; 10. Jason Keller, 667.

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