Chicagoland: Joey Logano race report

JOEY LOGANO WINS THIRD NATIONWIDE RACE OF 2009 * Joey Logano picked up his third NASCAR Nationwide Series win of the season, and the fourth of his career, in Saturday's race at the Chicagoland Speedway. * Logano was the quickest car in the...

JOEY LOGANO WINS THIRD NATIONWIDE RACE OF 2009

* Joey Logano picked up his third NASCAR Nationwide Series win of the season, and the fourth of his career, in Saturday's race at the Chicagoland Speedway.

* Logano was the quickest car in the first practice session on Thursday afternoon.

* Logano qualified his car fourth with a lap of 163.927 mph.

* Logano took the lead for the first time on lap 18. He would lead three times for a race-high of 96 laps.

* While leading, crew chief Dave Rogers elected to stay out on the last caution of the race when all of the other lead lap cars pitted for tires. It proved to be the right call as Logano drove away from the field for a 2.6 second victory.

* The average speed was 147.340 mph, which broke the record of 144.443 mph that was set just last season.

Joey Logano:

"What an awesome win, I'll tell you. The fastest car won the race. I didn't think the fastest car was going to win the race there at the end, but clean air was huge. It's cool to get the GameStop Toyota back in victory lane. We finished second in New Hampshire and I think we finished fourth last week (Daytona), so it's cool to keep this thing up front with these guys. It's so much fun coming over here."

"I didn't think I would be able to hold of Kyle (Busch). Especially on the restart where the 38 (Jason Leffler) was able to stick with me and Kyle was right behind me. I cleared the 38 and Kyle was about a half-a-car back. I went; 'Oh boy, here we go. This is the end of this one.' And I just kept driving my brains out hoping for the best and he got in the dirty air and I got in the clean air and just kept pulling away."

"Dave (Rogers) is a heck of a motivator. I don't know if you've ever heard him on the radio, that guy will make you drive harder than anyone out there. You can have a ninth-place car and he'll make you think you have a first-place car. Always being confident on the radio helps me a lot as a driver. At first I thought this was going to be bad and then he made me think 50-50 of what it was going to be. Either way, I just drove as hard as I could."

-credit: jgr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jason Leffler , Joey Logano