Patience Pays Off For Logano; Finishes Fourth at Texas; GameStop Driver Scores Fifth Top-Five Finish of 2008 Call him Joe Cool. Despite battling an ill-handling car for the early part of the 200-lap O'Reilly Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway,...
Patience Pays Off For Logano; Finishes Fourth at Texas; GameStop Driver Scores Fifth Top-Five Finish of 2008
Call him Joe Cool.
Despite battling an ill-handling car for the early part of the 200-lap O'Reilly Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway, Joey Logano stayed calm and cool, worked with crew chief Doug Hewitt to tinker with the car's handling and brought the No. 20 GameStop Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing home to a fourth-place finish in Saturday afternoon's NASCAR Nationwide Series race.
Logano, who started eighth, has now scored five top-five and 12 top-10 finishes in just 17 career Nationwide Series starts.
"It was a long one, but it was good," Logano said. "It was a good run for GameStop with their headquarters over in Grapevine (Texas), but the car was just too tight at the end."
Logano's top-five finish was aided by outstanding service from his pit crew on each of his four pit stops throughout the event.
"We weren't quite a winning car, but the pit stops were unbelievable today," Logano said. "Every time we came into the pits, we either held our own or gained spots every time."
In fact, the only time Logano lost a spot on pit road was after his final stop of the day on lap 181. Logano was in second-place and he and the GameStop team opted to put four fresh tires on while his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate and eventual winner Kyle Busch, and other drivers, decided to take only two. The extra time on pit road caused him to drop one spot to third.
"The only time we lost was on the last stop when they took two tires on," Logano said. "We thought four tires were going to get it. Overall, I think it was a good call, but clean air means a lot more here."
Despite two tires or four, it's doubtful Logano, or anyone else for that matter, could have stopped Busch from finding victory lane.
"He was strong," Logano said. "I don't think anyone had anything for him. The one restart when I was second I was hoping I could get something from him. Clean air is huge and he had a great race car. He deserved this one."
Logano's fourth-place effort kept the No. 20 car first in the Nationwide Series owner standings after 33 of 35 races, with a 54-point lead over the team's nearest pursuer -- the No. 2 entry of Richard Childress Racing. Despite only competing in 17 of the 33 races thus far, Logano is 21st in the driver standings, only 13 points outside the top-20.
There were five caution periods for 20 laps, with eight drivers failing to finish the 300-mike race.
Busch's victory in the O'Reilly Challenge was his 21st career Nationwide Series victory, his 10th of the season and his second at Texas, as he also won in the series' April visit to Texas. Busch is now tied with Sam Ard, who scored 10 wins in 1983, for most victories in a Nationwide Series season. Finishing .253 of a second behind Busch was Carl Edwards. Mark Martin, Logano and David Ragan secured the rest of the top-five. Clint Bowyer, Brad Keselowski, David Reutimann, Marcos Ambrose and David Stremme comprised the remainder of the top-10.