JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 GameStop Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Finishing Position: 2nd How was your race today? "We had a pretty good GameStop Toyota - just not good enough, pretty much is what it came down to. After every restart we got ...
No. 20 GameStop Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 2nd
How was your race today?
"We had a pretty good GameStop Toyota - just not good enough, pretty much is what it came down to. After every restart we got tires, we were loose for the first six to seven laps. That's when cars would be faster than us and beat us. After that I was able to get them back. It just made it tough - you were hanging on for the first few and then you were there. I think on the last restart, if we were a little tighter to start off with and I could have kept in front of them then I might have been able to hold him off. Once we got going, we were about the same speed. A little bit of dirty air played into me as far as getting tighter and tighter. It's just typical I guess with this race track - as the run goes, you keep getting tighter. We had a good run going, we led the most laps, but I guess this is how Kyle (Busch) feels lately leading all the laps and not winning. I guess that is tough."
Do you feel as upset as Kyle Busch seems to feel when he finishes second?
"Yeah, probably. I may not show it as much, but you're never happy about finishing second. It's always tough, but it's cool to see both (Joe) Gibbs (Racing) cars up there week in and week out over here in the Nationwide Series. It's really cool. It seems like the last few races it's been me and Kyle (Busch) coming down to the wire like that. It's cool racing your teammate like that for the win, but of course you always want to be the one in victory circle. Either way, it was a good run for us. It was good for the 20 car. We're still going for a championship in the owner's standings there so whatever I can do to help that."
How frustrating is it that you are racing an almost identical car to the race winner?
"I feel like in the Nationwide Series I'm where I need to be, especially lately. Everywhere we go, I think me and Dave (Rogers, crew chief) are clicking. I think it took us a while to figure out what I was saying. It's kind of the same thing that me and Zippy (Greg Zipadelli, Cup crew chief) are going through over on the Cup side right now. I just think it takes a little bit of time. I think over in the Nationwide Series, I know the car, I know what I need and I know what it takes to win over there. I feel like we're the same. It's not like he (Kyle Busch) beat us by a lot - it was just a little bit. Of course it's frustrating, but you're out there digging as hard as you can and trying a whole bunch of different lines. We were just too tight at the end. The car just changed too much throughout the whole run. A lot of guys just started off tighter and didn't get as tight. We'll just figure out what we need to do in order to fix that problem."
Do you and Kyle Busch talk about how you are making the cars better during a race?
"Mostly the crew chiefs talk about that sort of stuff. We more talk about what line you're running and what you can do to go a little bit faster. For the most part, stuff like that is the crew chiefs working together. I know the two crew chiefs talk to each other during the race and tell them what they make for changes. I'm sure I wasn't saying the exact same thing he was. I'm sure my car acted a little bit different than his. As much as you try to make two cars exactly the same - we're in the same shop, same bodies and all that stuff. There's always something different. There's always something a little different from car to car. Even now, you have car that runs good and you have a car that's no good - it happens like that sometimes. It doesn't make any sense, but that's just part of racing. It all just kind of depended on what we had. We had different springs in the cars - it might have come down to a little something like that. You put it in your memory bank and you put it in your notes and you come back next time. We both have different driving styles. I think every driver out there has a different driving style. It takes different things to make different drivers go."
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