Logano, 18, set for Cup debut this weekend

LOUDON, N.H. — Joey Logano will make his Sprint Cup debut this weekend in New Hampshire in the No. 96 Toyota for Hall of Fame Racing.

Logano, who will take over for Tony Stewart next season at Joe Gibbs Racing, was scheduled to make his debut last weekend in Richmond before rain washed out qualifying. That car was fielded by JGR.

He was originally scheduled to race this weekend in New Hampshire for Hall of Fame, but there had been speculation he would move back into a fourth Gibbs car to make his first career Cup start.

Instead, the two teams agreed to move JGR's Home Depot sponsorship to Hall of Fame's car for the 18-year-old Logano's first race.

Dale Jr. snubs Kyle

Dale Earnhardt Jr. cruised past Kyle Busch in a crowded hallway, never bothering to glance in the direction of NASCAR's points leader.

"That's OK," Busch smiled. "I'll win the regular season championship. He can win the souvenir championship."

Ahhh, the dynamics of "Chase Media Day," when NASCAR sends the 12 drivers competing for the Sprint Cup title on a whirlwind blitz of New York City mere days before they begin the 10-race championship hunt.

The two head into the Chase opener this weekend in New Hampshire ranked first and fourth in the standings and fresh off of Sunday's latest run-in: Earnhardt spun Busch while Busch was leading at Richmond, a reverse of a May dustup at the same site.