Tony Stewart’s Likely Replacement Takes the Carolina 500 Pole

Charlie TurnerSenior Writer IMay 3, 2008

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Tony Stewart’s Likely Replacement Takes the Carolina 500 Pole17 year old Joey Logano topped qualifying today for the ARCA RE/MAX Series’ Carolina 500 at Rockingham Speedway.

Young Joey has been the fastest all week at the resurrected North Carolina Speedway and will lead a field of 50 starters for Sunday’s race. Here’s what he had to say about this week.

“We actually came down here and did some fuel mileage testing at the
Rock,” said Logano. “I haven’t done much racing this year but we did a
lot of testing-probably ten times so far this year. I turn 18 on May
24th and then I can start running Nationwide races. This is Venturini’s
car and we’ve had a good relationship with the Venturini family so it’s
fun for me to get back out there and run a little bit. This is my first
time driving for [the Venturini family]. Big Bill and Little Bill are
great guys and it’s like a family atmosphere in the ARCA garage so I’ve
enjoyed it.”

Those Nationwide Series races will be contested in Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas.

The starter for tomorrow’s race will be Joe Gibb’s Racings’ - for now - Tony Stewart. If Stewart leaves JGR, as appears more likely almost every hour, Logano may well be his replacement on the Cup team. Just an added bit of interest for an already, much anticipated race on Sunday.

We’ll have the winner of the Carolina 500 as a live guest on this week’s INSIDE ARCA. Listen to it live right here at Tuesday night at 7pm edt.

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