Joey Logano Comes Home Second Following Dominating Second-Half Performance at Chicagoland Speedway Joey Logano and the No. 20 GameStop Toyota looked to be well on their way to a second victory in 2010 on Friday at Chicagoland Speedway, but a ...
Joey Logano Comes Home Second Following Dominating Second-Half Performance at Chicagoland Speedway
Joey Logano and the No. 20 GameStop Toyota looked to be well on their way to a second victory in 2010 on Friday at Chicagoland Speedway, but a late-race green-white-checkered finished allowed Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch to pass them late in the race. As a result, Logano had to settle for a second-place finish in the Dollar General 300 at Chicagoland Speedway.
Logano started the race in fifth, but began moving his way toward the front early. By lap 50, Logano had found himself in the top three and was racing behind Busch in second just a few laps later. Logano was a constant threat inside the top three during the middle portion of the event.
After adjustments by crew chief Kevin Kidd and great stops by the No. 20 GameStop team, Logano found himself right on the bumper of Busch on lap 147 and, on lap 148, took the lead for the first time. Logano held the top spot until a late-race caution fell on lap 187 and everyone came in for their final stop. Kidd and the GameStop crew elected to take two tires and came out of the pits second to Brad Keselowski.
When the race restarted, Logano took the lead and looked to be on his way to the victory until a final caution caused a green-white-checker finish. Keselowski was to start second on the final restart, but ran out of fuel, putting Busch side-by-side with his teammate. Logano and Busch raced door-to-door until Busch, utilizing four fresh tires, got a run and took the top spot away from the GameStop Toyota heading to the white flag. Logano had to settle for second as the checkers flew.
With the second-place finish, Logano remained seventh in the NASCAR Nationwide Series point standings. More importantly, the No. 20 GameStop Toyota trimmed their deficit in the owner's point standings to just 100 points behind Penske Racing's #22. The team remains third in the owner's standings.
Joey Logano Talks:
"This is a tough pill to swallow. I think late in the race there, we had the car to beat. We were well on our way to the win when we had that late caution. Kevin (Kidd, crew chief) had us come and take two tires, which was a great call. That got us out up front, which was important. With the No. 22 (Keselowski) on my outside, I was able to get the jump on him and start to pull away.
"Then, when the No. 22 ran out of gas there on that green-white-checker, Kyle (Busch) moved up beside me. I was kinda confused what that was all about. I would have through third place should move up. But Kyle got a good jump and did what he needed to do on that restart. He got beside me and crowded me and got me loose. That is what you do when you are going for a win on the last couple of laps. So congrats to him. I'm glad that if I didn't win, at least we had a Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota up there. I am just embarrassed I wasn't able to get the win for the GameStop team.
"In the end, it was a good run and I'm excited because we had some GameStop and Warner Brothers people here with this LEGO® Harry Potter: Years 1-4 car. They got to see an exciting race and a great finish. I just wish I could have gotten them into Victory Lane. But, that is how it goes. We'll be back to get them here next year. A first and a second at this track in two years isn't something to be too upset about."
"I know that Joey is disappointed, but he has nothing to be disappointed about. We were right there in contention for the win up until the end of the race. That is what you want. Joey just had a tough restart, and Kyle had four fresh tires. There is nothing you can do about that. He was on the outside of Joey and got him loose, and Joey slipped back. This team is still really proud of him and don't believe there is a better driver out there."
The No. 20 GameStop Toyota will take several weeks off before heading into the meat of their season.