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Looking for three wins at Sparta

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By Brian Blair

The NASCAR Nationwide Series is back in Sparta.

The stars will be out Saturday night as the Meier 300 will be run at the Kentucky Speedway. The green flag is schedule to drop at 8:10 p.m. with all the action to be seen on ESPN.

Joey Logano will be looking for his third-straight win at the track. He will have plenty of competition from current points leader Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards.

Keselowski will be coming to Kentucky after winning Saturday night in Nashville. He managed to pick up his third win of the season by coming from the 24th starting position to overtake Edwards. Paul Menard finished third while Justin Allgaier and Mike Bliss finished fourth and fifth.

Logano, who did not race in Nashville, has appeared in nine Nationwide Series events in 2010. He has finished in the Top Ten eight times and in the Top Five four times. Logano became the youngest driver to win a Nationwide Series race in 2008 when he won from the pole at Kentucky Speedway. He repeated the feat in 2009. In all he has six wins on the circuit.

Edwards won the race back in 2005. The last person besides Logano to capture the checkered flag was Stephen Leicht who won in 2007. Besides Logano, no other driver has ever won the race more than once.

Cincinnati Bengal Dahani Jones will be on hand Saturday night to serve as grand marshal of the Meier 300. Jones has been with the Bengals for the past three seasons. He led the team in tackles in 2009 with 142. He has also played with the Philadelphia Eagles – where he started Super Bowl XXIX against the New England Patriots – and with the New Orleans Saints. He played college football at the University of Michigan.

Not only is Jones a star on the football field but he also is the star of the Travel Channel’s original series, “Dahani Tackles the Globe”.

Also scheduled to be on hand for the race Saturday is country music’s very own Sawyer Brown. The group will be performing at the Turn 1 Concourse stage at 6 p.m.

The weekend will kick off Friday night with the “Click it or Ticket, Buckle-Up Kentucky Practice Night.” Gates will open at 4 with two rounds of practice sessions beginning at 5 and 6:45. The U.S. Legend Cars International Competition will begin at 8:30.

On Saturday, gates will open at 2 with qualifying getting under way at 4.

This will be the first of two big weekends at the track this year. The next will come during Labor Day Weekend with the running of the Built Ford Tough 225, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Sept. 3 and the Kentucky Indy 300, IZOD IndyCar Series race on Sept. 4.