Logano's 10th-Place Finish at Homestead Brings Home Nationwide Series Owner's Title for Joe Gibbs Racing
A win would have been nice, but a championship isn't bad either.
Joey Logano, driver of the No. 20 DLP HDTV Toyota Camry, finished 10th in Saturday night's season-ending Ford 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway and delivered Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) the 2008 owner championship.
The No. 20 car, which Logano, Tony Stewart, Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin all drove throughout 2008, ended the season with 5,144 points, 12 markers ahead of the No. 2 car from Richard Childress Racing (RCR). Clint Bowyer, who drove the No. 2 in all 35 races for RCR in 2008, won the driver championship.
"It's good for everyone here to win the championship because they worked really hard this year," said Logano, who notched his 14th top-10 finish in 19 Nationwide Series starts in 2008. "It's awesome because all these guys work really hard all year to get to this point. To win it is so cool for them, Toyota, GameStop and DLP. They just work really hard."
The owner title is the first Nationwide Series championship for JGR, but fifth overall NASCAR championship, as the organization has won three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series titles (2000 with Bobby Labonte, 2002 and 2005 with Stewart) and one NASCAR Camping World Series East crown (2007 with Logano).
"For JGR, just a great finish for the year," said J.D. Gibbs, president of JGR. "To have all those guys -- Tony win, Denny win, Kyle win and then for Joey to finish it off -- means a lot to all the guys. This is also a testament to all the guys at Toyota and the partnership that we've put together in a short time."
The No. 20 car earned nine victories in 2008 -- five with Stewart, two with Hamlin and one apiece with Logano and Busch.
Busch, Logano's teammate in the No. 18 Toyota, finished second in the Ford 300. With the second-place finish, the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing entry, which won 10 times in 2008, finished a respectable 22nd in the final Nationwide Series owner standings with 3,347 points despite running only a partial schedule.
There were eight caution periods for 38 laps, with 13 drivers failing to finish the 200-lap race.
Carl Edwards won the Ford 300 to score his 20th career Nationwide Series victory, his seventh of the season and his first at Homestead. Busch finished .639 of second behind Edwards in the runner-up slot, while Brad Keselowski, Jason Leffler and Bowyer secured the rest of the top-five. Scott Wimmer, Hamlin (driving for Braun Racing), Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kelly Bires and Logano comprised the remainder of the top-10.