Long Night Results In Another Top-10 Run For Joey Logano Eighth-Place Start, Eighth-Place Finish Not As Easy As It Seems MOORESVILLE, NC (October 24, 2005) -- On paper, Joe Gibbs Racing development driver Joey Logano's Saturday night at...
Long Night Results In Another Top-10 Run For Joey Logano
Eighth-Place Start, Eighth-Place Finish Not As Easy As It Seems
MOORESVILLE, NC (October 24, 2005) -- On paper, Joe Gibbs Racing development driver Joey Logano's Saturday night at Myrtle Beach Speedway sounded to be a pretty easy event for the youngster. The final results show that Joey qualified eighth, and after 250 laps of action, he finished in eighth as well.
But looks can be deceiving. Logano's Saturday night was anything but easy. It had its fair shares of ups and down, all of which cumulated in the 15-year-old earning his second top-10 finish in three USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series Championship Series races and moving him a little bit closer to the Pro Cup Series Rookie of the Year title.
"It was a pretty crazy night," said Logano, driver of the #51 Joe Gibbs Performance Racing Oil Ford. "But this team stuck together and it all went well."
Logano started on a high, qualifying eighth at a track that he'd only raced at one, years ago in an Allison Legacy car. As the 250-lap race began, Logano found his #51 sliding around on the new tires, dropping him back in the field. A long green flag run eventually caught Logano a lap down, altering his team's strategy.
"We got caught down a lap early and the caution came out as soon as we got lapped, which hurt," said Logano. "That was unfortunate and it changed the way we had to look at the race. We got our tires and came back out and lined up to the inside of (race leader) Benny Gordon to try to get our lap back and did.
"I thought we had a shot to get our lap back, but I knew Benny was pretty quick. I think he was trying to save his stuff there a little bit though after that restart, so that made it easier for us to get by him.
"We got another caution after that, which was really good and fortunate for us."
That put Logano back on the lead lap with just 15 other cars. Over the next laps, Logano held his own and was able to keep his #51 on the lead lap, but the car didn't sound right and he wasn't really making up much ground on the leaders.
"About 100 to go, a plug wire came off and that killed us the rest of the race," added Logano. "The car was good on old tires too. Here, on old tires, you can't even get full throttle down the front straight. It was good on old tires, not as good on new tires.
"Once the plug wire came off, I was a sitting duck out there. I was just trying to hang on and thankfully, we did."
Logano was just one of 10 drivers to finish on the lead lap. His eighth-place run moved him up to 19th in the overall point standings after starting the Championship Series in 41st. He also moved up to third in the Rookie of the Year standings, trailing Woody Howard by just 56 points with two races remaining.
"It was a good night for us overall. It was a good points night. A top 10 is pretty good at this track, especially after all we went through. So I can't complain."
Joey will be back in action for the Dan Duncan Memorial Kroger 250 on Saturday, November 5th.