Kentucky: Winning team interview

Joey Logano scored his first-career NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) victory Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway. The win comes in his third NNS start. Logano started from the pole and led five times for 76 laps in the No. 20 GameStop Toyota Camry...

Joey Logano scored his first-career NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) victory Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway. The win comes in his third NNS start. Logano started from the pole and led five times for 76 laps in the No. 20 GameStop Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing.

At 18 years and 21 days, Logano became the youngest winner in Nationwide Series history.


JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 GameStop Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Finished: 1st

Can you talk about your first win tonight?

"This team is amazing. I can't thank GameStop and Toyota enough. It's just amazing. We unloaded not where we wanted to, but no one gave up. This team worked really hard and got the win out of this thing. It's pretty awesome to get my first win now."

Can you describe your feelings now that you've won your first race?

"It's definitely awesome. We didn't unload this morning the way we wanted to, but Dave (Rogers, crew chief) and the guys never gave up. They worked hard on it and changed everything. I didn't know what I was going to have going into (turn) one on the first green flag lap. We were a little snug at the beginning, but again, we never gave up. We kept loosening it up. That last pit stop, we got it about right. It was a little bit free, then we got a heat cycle under it and it got a little bit snug. Overall, the GameStop Toyota was pretty good tonight."

What do you think this week will be like for you, and do you think Kyle Busch would've beaten you if he didn't spin?

"I can promise you that I'll be in a good mood all week. It was unfortunate to see Kyle (Busch) hit the fence there. I think our car was strong enough that we might have been able to hold him off. Dave (Rogers) told me on the way here, ‘We're going to win one way or another. I don't know how, but we're going to win this thing.' I took his word for it and it worked. The whole last 20 laps, I was praying for it to go green…Once we finally took that white flag, that felt a lot better. I just cruised around the last lap, it was nice."

Did you and Kyle Busch talk much about how the cars were handling?

"As far as driver-to-driver, we didn't really share much information today, because he didn't get here until later on.  I worked
with Jeremy (Clements) a little bit.  Mostly, Dave (Rogers) and Jason Ratcliff (No. 18 crew chief) work together pretty good,
and they were able to get both of these cars cool.  It was pretty neat to see both of these JGR cars running one-two for a while."

Has Kyle Busch talked to you about dealing with the pressures of racing in NASCAR?

"It's something that I've gotten used to. Since I was 14 running ASA, I've always been under a microscope. ‘You can't do this. You can't do that.' I'm kind of used to that pressure. That part is not really new to me. I'd feel weird if it wasn't like that. I've talked to him (Kyle) a few times, but just racing things. Who you can race with and things about the car. We don't talk about dealing with the media or anything."

Are you surprised to get your first win so early?

"I expected to win Dover. It was cool to get our first win here in the third start. Obviously, I was getting in one of the best cars out there that has won seven races. I have to win races. It's not even an option. To get here and get our second pole and get our first win, now we can get rolling."

DAVE ROGERS, Crew Chief, No. 20 GameStop Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

Can you talk about what this win means for you and this team?

This race is probably a characteristic of this GameStop Toyota Camry and all the guys that work on it. Like Joey (Logano) said, we came off the truck really tight. The guys changed everything but the door number and the name above the door. They worked really hard, and kept working on it through the race. The pit crew did a good job and the driver willed it to the front. I'm really proud of this win."

What types of adjustments did you make to get the car to work better for Joey?

"Every time we pitted, we took four tires. We just kept raising the track bar and taking wedge out. We kept jockeying air pressure around. I was in a tight spot there because we changed two springs and a sway bar before the race and that was about three of 18 items. We bottomed out so bad on low air pressure, so I knew Joey had his hands full. I wanted to take some air pressure out of the fronts or take some air pressure out of the left sides. But, I couldn't because I knew it was going to bottom out worse. So I went to the back of the car and really unhooked the back. Joey drove through it and made it happen." Are you impressed with Joey's talents now that you've worked with him for a few races?

"Three starts, two poles, one win. He's okay."

-credit: toyota motorsports

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Drivers Joey Logano , Kyle Busch
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing