Thing about Joey Logano, driver of NASCAR's No. 20 GameStop Toyota, is when he pits for a splash of gas and two driver's side tires he trades in the used ones for $6.75 in store credit. (/laugh track)
Well guess what, our boy is racing with GameStop colors on the big circuit. Shut up, really?! That's right, GameStop makes its NASCAR Sprint Cup hood sponsor debut at this weekend's Tums Fast Relief 500 from Martinsville, Va. Logano, who has a 21-race deal with GameStop on the Nationwide Series (a step below the Sprint Cup) will race in the big time with the games retailer instead of his usual Home Depot paint scheme. GameStop's new Power Rewards program, which replaces the Edge Card, is the hood sponsor.
This is such a big moment. Hold on. I ... I gotta open a window in here. It's kind of dusty.
The race runs Sunday at 1:15 p.m. EDT on ESPN. It's the sixth race in the Chase for the Cup; Logano's not eligible for that - he's currently 18th, and the top 12 drivers after the Sept. 11 race qualified for the playoff. But the boy's just 20 years old, give him some time, he'll be letting the geek flag fly in victory lane before too long.
Here's all of his GameStop Nationwide results so far.
Feb. 13 - DRIVE4COPD 300, Daytona, Fla. (7th place, BioShock 2)
Feb. 20 - Stater Bros. 300, Fontana, Calif. (5th place, Mario Kart Wii. Led 135 of 160 laps.)
March 20 - Scotts Turf Builder 300, Bristol, Tenn. (14th place, God of War III)
April 3 - Nashville 300, Nashville, Tenn. (8th Place, Legends of Zork)
April 19 - O'Reilly Auto Parts 300, Texas Motor Speedway (2nd place, Red Dead Redemption)
April 25 - Aaron's 312, Talladega, Ala. (2nd Place, Skate 3)
April 30 - Bubba Burger 250, Richmond, Va. (6th place, Split/Second.)
June 12 - Meijer 300, Sparta, Ky. (1st Place, Super Mario Galaxy 2)
June 26 - New England 200, Loudon N.H. (4th place, Red Dead Redemption)
July 9 - Dollar General 300, Joliet, Ill. (2nd place, Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4)
Aug. 7 - Zippo 200 at The Glen, Watkins Glen, N.Y. (2nd place, GameStop)
Aug. 14 - Carfax 250, Brooklyn, Mich. (6th Place, GameStop)
Aug. 20 - Food City 250, Bristol, Tenn. (10th Place, GameStop)
Aug. 29 - NAPA Auto Parts 200, Montreal (6th Place, GameStop)
Sept. 4 - Great Clips 300, Atlanta (6th Place, Metroid Other M)
Sept. 25 - Dover 200, Dover, Del. (2nd Place, GameStop)
Oct. 9 - Camping World.com 300, Fontana, Calif. (5th Place, Mad Catz)
Oct. 15 - Dollar General 300, Charlotte, N.C. (4th Place, Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock)
Logano's future Nationwide Series races under a GameStop paint job will be the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge, Nov. 6 at Texas Motor Speedway; the Arizona 200, Nov. 13 at Phoenix International Raceway, and the Ford 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Nov. 20.