Post Race Highlights:

  • Logano qualified 10th earlier Saturday morning for the afternoon’s event. Logano was second-fastest in practice on Friday.
  • Logano and the Dollar General team had an up-and-down day early. Logano fell back as far as 12th, but was able to make up ground and get into the top-five by lap 50.
  • Logano had a strong restart around lap 56, getting up to the third position and riding in a podium spot until the handle started to go away on the No. 20 Toyota.
  • Crew chief Adam Stevens made a number of chassis adjustments all day long, adjusting air pressure, adding wedge and adjusting the track bar. Most of the afternoon, Logano fought a tight condition that wouldn’t allow the front of the car to turn.
  • Logano once again broke into the top-three on lap 114 before eventually falling back when the handle of the No. 20 started to go away with yet another tight condition.
  • The Dollar General team took four tires on a late-race pit stop hoping Logano would get a chance to use them. However, several other teams took just two tires and got track position, forcing Logano to fight through traffic.
  • Logano had a spirited battle with teammate Denny Hamlin over the race’s final few laps. Logano was able to hold off Hamlin and earned an eighth-place finish. It was Logano’s seventh top-10 finish in seven career NNS races at Phoenix Int’l Raceway.

Logano’s Post-Race Thoughts:

“I’m not really sure what happened with the Dollar General today. We had a strong car yesterday in practice and I thought we would have a shot to win the race. However, when the handle of the car went away today, none of the changes that we made really seemed to help it. The car would get better for a few laps and we would be strong in the early runs, but the longer we went, the same handling characteristics would come back and we would struggle like we didn’t even make any changes. It was frustrating, but then again, I know that I drove my heart out and we made some big swings at it. I also learned a lot for the Cup race on Sunday. I’m proud of the whole team and I think we’ll keep getting better and better all year. I’m ready to be back in the car at Bristol. I wish it was next week already. It’s going to be tough to watch these guys at Vegas.”