Richmond: Joey Logano race report

* Joey Logano finished sixth in Friday night's 250-mile race at the Richmond International Raceway. * Logano began the race from the fourth starting position after a qualifying lap of 21.712 seconds, or 124.355 mph. * Around lap 50, Logano...

* Joey Logano finished sixth in Friday night's 250-mile race at the Richmond International Raceway.

* Logano began the race from the fourth starting position after a qualifying lap of 21.712 seconds, or 124.355 mph.

* Around lap 50, Logano radioed to crew chief Dave Rogers that the car was "tightening" up.

* Under a lap 64 caution period, Rogers began making adjustments to "loosen" up the car and they helped the condition towards the middle of a run. Logano was the fastest car on the track at several junctures of long green flag runs.

* When the caution came out on lap 219, Rogers called Logano down pit road to put on a set of sticker tires. During the stop the lug nuts fell off the left rear, forcing Logano to restart in traffic and ending his chance for victory.

* Logano finished with a driver rating of 108.2, which was good for fifth.

Joey Logano:

"The GameStop Toyota was fast at the start and the end of the race. In the middle we lost the handle on it and had to fight to get back to the front. It was just way too tight. Dave joked that we should race the car the way that we unload it in the morning because we always adjust ourselves too tight during practice. You practice during the day, but you race at night and trying to project how the car will handle when the sun goes down can be tricky. About two-thirds through the race the forward 'bite' began to go away and that really hurt us. That's something that you typically fight here and it's very important that you are strong off of these corners."

"When the caution came out with about 30 laps to go we were still sitting on a set of sticker tires. With track position being key at Richmond we knew taking tires would be a gamble, even if we knocked off a perfect pit stop. Unfortunately we had lug nuts fall of the left rear and cost us some spots. It put us in some heavy traffic and we just didn't have enough laps to work our way back. My pit crew has picked up plenty of positions for me in past races and I want them on my side any time. It's just part of racing, but we were able to salvage a sixth place finish and keep the GameStop Toyota in the thick of the owner's point race."

-credit: jgr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Joey Logano