Richmond: Joey Logano race report

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Logano and #20 GameStop Toyota Team Make Most of Bad Day and Finish Sixth at Richmond International Raceway

A tight racecar resulted in a sixth-place finish for Joey Logano and the #20 GameStop Joey Gibbs Racing team on Friday night at Richmond International Raceway. Logano fought an ill-handling racecar all evening long in the Bubba Burger 250 at the famed .75-mile track, but took advantage of a green-white-checker finish to gain two spots and bring the #20 GameStop Toyota Camry home with another top-10 finish. The finish, Logano's seventh top-10 run of the season, moved him up one spot in the drivers' standings to sixth. The finish also kept the #20 Joe Gibbs Racing machine locked into third in the owner's standings.

Logano started the 250-lap event in the fifth position and held onto a top-five run through the first 30 laps before a tight-in and loose-off condition forced Logano to drop back a few positions. By lap 98 and the first round of pit stops, Logano found himself in the eighth spot.

A quick stop by the #20 GameStop pit crew gained the team a few positions when racing resumed, but the ill-handling conditions continued. With 100 laps to go, Logano was running 10th. However, another fast pit stop and a few well-timed adjustments relit the fuse with Logano, and the 19-year-old charged up to the seventh position before a late-race caution set up a green-white-checker finish.

Logano used four fresh tires to pick up another spot on the track by battling with rival Kevin Harvick late in the race, coming home sixth when the checkers fell. Brad Keselowski, who thanked Logano before the start of the race for helping push him to the win at Talladega last weekend, won the event, followed by Greg Biffle, Jamie McMurray, Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards.

Joey Logano Talks:

"We didn't have a car tonight that was going to win, so we made the best out of a bad situation. In times like that, you just have to do the best that you can. That is what we did, and sixth is what we have to show for it. I'm never going to be happy finishing sixth, but I'm pretty happy that we ended up there, because if you would have asked me during the race, I would have told you we would be lucky to finish in the top 15.

"The GameStop guys just had awesome pit stops all night long, and I can't thank them enough. They never lost me a spot on pit road and gained us positions every time we came in. That was the highlight of the night. And Kevin and all of the crew guys made some great changes that really helped the car in the end. It still wasn't perfect, but it was better than where we started. It just seemed like we were fighting an evil car all day long. So to come out of here with a sixth is a good day considering.

"At the end of the race there, (Kevin) Harvick and I had a little battle coming to the line. It was typical short track racing, and I got the spot. He came over to me after the race and thought it was out of line. I just told him I didn't wreck him and I could have done a lot worse to him, a lot like he did to me at Bristol. I guess he has a short memory. I am done taking it from him. If he can dish it out, he can take it. Like I've always said, I'm going to race people how they race me and that is exactly what I did tonight."

Kevin Kidd Quotes:

"Even though we didn't have a great car tonight, I'm really happy that Joey and all of the guys on the team never quit and never gave up trying. We took a negative and turned it into a positive with the sixth-place finish. With any other driver and any other team, we would have been lucky to finish in the top 15. But with Joey behind the wheel of the GameStop Toyota and the guys that I've got on this team, we fought and made adjustments and had great pit stops. We were able to come out of here just missing a top-five finish.

"We just never had a car that was going to compete. We were tight at times, and we were loose at times. It seems like the car was like that all day long. We made change after change and never quite got the car to Joey's liking on the track. I'm happy with where we ended up though, all things considered."

What's Next:

The #20 GameStop Toyota team will have a month off to prepare for their next event. Logano and the team will return to Kentucky Speedway on Saturday, June 12, to defend their title in the Meijer 300 at the 1.5-mile track in Sparta, KY. Logano has won both the pole and the race at Kentucky Speedway the last two seasons.

-source: jgr

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Drivers Kevin Harvick , Greg Biffle , Jamie McMurray , Carl Edwards , Brad Keselowski , Joey Logano