Daytona Beach, FL -- Joey Logano and the No. 20 GameStop Toyota team finished 20th in the season-opening Camping World 300 at the Daytona International Speedway. Early in the event it looked as though Logano would put himself in position to...
Daytona Beach, FL -- Joey Logano and the No. 20 GameStop Toyota team finished 20th in the season-opening Camping World 300 at the Daytona International Speedway.
Early in the event it looked as though Logano would put himself in position to pick up his second career victory. The Joe Gibbs Racing chassis underneath the 18-year-old won all three Nationwide Series restrictor-plate races in 2008 and Logano was able to draft his way to the front of the field with relative ease.
Logano communicated to his crew chief, Ron Denton, that the car was "loose" getting into the corners, but "tight" off. The "tightness" was made worse when in traffic. Denton called for the necessary adjustments and the pit crew executed the stops in quick fashion. This had Logano running in the top-10 with 30 laps to go. However, Logano had to move up the track to avoid contact with another car and he brushed the wall with the right front fender. The pit crew made repairs to the front end, but a tire rub began with only a few laps remaining. While coming to the checkered flag, the right front tire blew, relegating Logano to 20th place.
"The No. 20 GameStop Toyota was good today, for sure. I'm still getting used to Daytona, but I thought we had a really good car. We were working our way toward the front, mainly just hanging out for the first few pit stops. I was able to make some moves to go for the lead a few times, but got shuffled to the rear a little. With 30 laps or so to go the No. 6 car just got loose and I had to move up the track to keep from getting tagged in the left rear quarter-panel. When I straightened up and grabbed the wheel there was no grip and we just slid into the wall. That knocked in the right front fender and, ultimately, led to a cut tire on the last corner. It's unfortunate, but I'm proud of everyone. They did a great job."
"Personally I learned a lot. Racing with all of the veterans today is going to help me. You have to depend a lot on other drivers in this type of racing and I'd like to think I earned some respect out there. Overall we made gains today, but it was not the finish I was looking for. I'm ready to get to California because I think we can put together a good finish there with the No. 20 GameStop Toyota."