Darlington: Joey Logano race report

* Logano finished 12th in his first Nationwide Series start at Darlington Raceway. * Rain washed out qualifying meaning Logano started fourth based on the position of the No. 20 GameStop Toyota in the owner's point standings. * Logano posted...

* Logano finished 12th in his first Nationwide Series start at Darlington Raceway.

* Rain washed out qualifying meaning Logano started fourth based on the position of the No. 20 GameStop Toyota in the owner's point standings.

* Logano posted the seventh-fastest time in the morning practice session, before the rain. Crew chief Dave Rogers adjusted the car based on the fact that the track would be "green" due to the rain.

* Logano radioed early on in the race that the car "would not turn." Rogers would make large changes to the chassis throughout the race, but nothing improved the handling.

* A part, such as a shock or other front end geometry piece, is believed to have broken. The car will be taken to back to the Joe Gibbs Racing facility to determine which piece malfunctioned.

* Logano finished in the top-10 in several statistics, including average running position, driver rating and fastest drivers early in a run.

Joey Logano;

"That was pretty disappointing because I had a lot of confidence that the GameStop Toyota would run really well tonight. We had a fast car in practice. Dave and I got together and talked about some adjustments that we thought would give us the best chance to win. When the green flag fell it was obvious that something was not right. You never know what to expect when you have as much rain as we did earlier in the day. It washes the racetrack green and it can feel like a completely different car. I don't think that's what happened to us. I believe we had a malfunction somewhere. Dave swung for the fences a couple of times with his adjustments and nothing made a difference in the handling. It was just as 'tight' at the end as it was in the beginning. It was just a tough race, but everyone did a great job. We were able to salvage a decent finish and gain as many points as we could."

"I wanted a better finish in my first race at Darlington. This is a tough place with so much history that it would have been cool to come out and win in my first start. But this isn't an easy sport. You have to earn your finishes here. They aren't given to you. On the bright side I really learned a lot. It's going to take a couple of races to really get a hold on this place. I've got time. I'm a pretty young guy. I know this will be one of those places once I get it figured out it will be one of my favorite places to race. We've got a good starting spot for the Cup race and I'm looking forward to using a few things that I learned tonight."

-credit: jgr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Joey Logano