Daytona: Joey Logano race report

Logano Finishes Seventh at Daytona; Tony Stewart Wins Crash-fest Joey Logano and the No. 20 GameStop Toyota finished seventh this afternoon at the Drive4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway. Logano recover from a wicked slide through the...

Logano Finishes Seventh at Daytona; Tony Stewart Wins Crash-fest

Joey Logano and the No. 20 GameStop Toyota finished seventh this afternoon at the Drive4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway. Logano recover from a wicked slide through the grass during a lap 91 multi-car crash to race back to a top-10 finish. Tony Stewart won his fifth Nationwide Series race in the last six years at Daytona, and was followed by Carl Edwards in second and Kevin Harvick in third. The race was marred by several crashes that collected 10 or more cars.

Joey Logano Quotes: "That was a lot of fun, I promise you! We were really pushing hard at the end to try and win the race with our GameStop Toyota. When you can see the front of the field, you push that much harder. I made a run there (while in second place on lap 111 of 120) for the lead, but the car got loose and I chased it all the way up the banking. A lot of cars got by us, and we were able to fight back to seventh. That's disappointing when you want to win the race, but it's a solid finish and the car barely has a mark on it. Me and my new crew chief (Kevin Kidd) worked well. I wish we could have had a better finish, but we worked well together at making the adjustments to the car. I would be a whole lot happier if I was sitting in Victory Lane, but I still had fun."

About being launched through the grass in a multi-car melee on lap 91: "I got hit from behind when they all started wrecking and ended up spinning through the grass. I've never been that fast sliding through the grass before. I was thinking I might flip over. I was watching the 33 car (Harvick) the whole time I was sliding, and I was working the wheel and the brakes. I was hoping I wouldn't hit those strips of asphalt back there. That would have sent me on a heckuva ride! As I was sliding backwards, the rear of the car was getting light, and I just thought 'ohhh boy--' We needed a vacuum cleaner after that because the car was full of grass!"

Race Recap: Logano and the No. 20 GameStop team started the race from the sixth starting position (qualifying was rained-out and the field was set by the 2009 owner's point standings), and raced among the top-five until the team's first pit stop on lap 45. After a second pit stop, Logano dropped out of the top-10, but needed only 10 laps to regain the fifth position. The first of two major accidents sent Logano to the pits for a splash of fuel, and dropped him into 18th place. Less than five laps later, the second multi-car incident of the day launched Logano through the grass at nearly 190 miles per hour. Amazingly, the car was undamaged, and Logano was able to race for the victory. In the final twenty laps, Logano moved up methodically, reaching as high as second-place on lap 111, but slid backwards after making a run for the lead.

What's Next: Joey and the GameStop car will be on-track again at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. for the Stater Brothers 300.

-source: jgr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Tony Stewart , Kevin Harvick , Carl Edwards , Joey Logano