Joey Logano Earns Another Top-Five Finish in GameStop Toyota at Texas Motor Speedway Joey Logano didn't think his day was going to go very well shortly after the green flag flew in Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Texas Motor...
Joey Logano Earns Another Top-Five Finish in GameStop Toyota at Texas Motor Speedway
Joey Logano didn't think his day was going to go very well shortly after the green flag flew in Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Texas Motor Speedway. After qualifying 10th and grabbing several positions in the first couple of laps, Logano found his car slipping back and the handling going away. At that point, the 20-year-old thought he was going to be in for a long day.
However, Logano and the GameStop team continued to push forward. Crew Chief Kevin Kidd made the right adjustments, and the pit crew knocked out solid pit stops all day long. The result was a fourth-place finish, Logano's 14th top-five finish of the 2010 season.
Logano's weekend got started with a 10th-place qualifying effort on Friday. Kidd had plenty of ideas for changes to the car once the race got going, and the team stuck to the game plan early on. On the initial start, Logano grabbed three spots and hung in seventh for several laps, before an extremely loose condition forced him to start slipping back. However, the car came around, and Logano was sixth on the first round of pit stops.
Logano still found himself running in the back-half of the top 10 until the second stop, when the team made a bigger swing at the adjustments, with major track bar and wedge adjustments.
From there on out, Logano started a charge to the front, breaking into the top five by lap 122. Logano picked up another spot in the pits on lap 142 and ran in the top four the rest of the afternoon. A late-race pit stop gave Logano the final adjustments he needed and ultimately set himself up for a late-race green-white-checkered finish.
Logano battled side-by-side with Brad Keselowski for the third position over the final laps, but had to settle for fourth at the checkers. Carl Edwards picked up the victory, while Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch finished second.
Joey Logano Thoughts:
"We had a decent GameStop Toyota today, but we didn't have a car that could win the race. We had about a fourth-place car and that is what we got out of it, which is really too bad, because I wanted to get into Victory Lane for GameStop. This is their home track, and I want to get them a victory here and celebrate with them. We really improved this year at Texas because this has never been one of my better tracks. I got a second and fourth here this year, so we are getting better.
"We just were junk early in the race. The car wasn't acting right and we were really loose. But (Kevin) Kidd had built in a lot of adjustments into the setup, and we started taking swings. We took a really big swing on the second stop, and it seemed to work. We almost went too far. But the car started coming to me the longer we ran, and we started picking of spots. There with about 60 to go or so, we made a couple of other adjustments and the car got dialed in. We got it the best that we were going to really. We were just lacking some speed. I couldn't really think of many other adjustments we needed to make to make the car handle any better. We just needed a little more speed.
"We also finished ahead of the (No.) 33 and gained some points on them in the owner's standings. That was one of our goals coming into today was to finished ahead of them and get this GameStop Toyota back into third place in the owner's standings. So we accomplished that goal, which was good. Now, we just need to work on getting a victory at this track. I think it's coming though."
"It was a solid day for our GameStop Toyota, but we aren't completely satisfied because we weren't a car capable of winning the race. We were a solid car, but not a winning car, and that is what we strive to be on every weekend. All-in-all, it was a top-five finish and we made up some points in the owner's championship, so I would say it was a good day.
"I'm really proud of Joey and of the whole team for not giving up today. We didn't have a very good car early, but Joey fought for every spot he could on the track, and the guys made great pit stops. On the first run, we had to put a spring rubber in the left rear, and we only lost one position in the pits. That was a great stop there. We made some adjustments, got the car better and our finished showed it. While I'm not satisfied, we definitely improved from the start of the day to the finish. And it's not a bad thing when you can't be fully satisfied with a top-five finish. That just goes to show the competitiveness of Joey and all of our guys. We'll keep working on it and hopefully get this car in Victory Lane in one or two of the final races of the year."
The No. 20 GameStop Toyota will be back in action next weekend at Phoenix International Raceway for the Wypall 200 on the one-mile oval in the desert.