Post Race Highlights:

  • Logano started the NASCAR Nationwide Series opener in the 22nd position.
  • Logano wasted little time moving into the top-10 by lap three and into the top-five just 20 laps into the event.
  • Like any restrictor-plate race, Logano found himself moving from front to back on multiple occasions; one lap finding himself in the top-five and the next lap running in the mid-20s.
  • The GameStop/Joe Gibbs Racing team had a great day in the pits, gaining spots on nearly every pitting occasion. During the middle portion of the event, Logano and the team took fuel only on several stops to keep track position.
  • During the race, Logano worked with a number of different drivers. Before the race, Logano had planned to work with defending Sprint Cup Series Champion Tony Stewart and got to the 33’s bumper for a number of laps. Logano also spent the day drafting with Kasey Kahne, JGR teammates Brian Scott and Denny Hamlin and Trevor Bayne.
  • As the race was coming to the conclusion, Logano was moving his way toward the front with the help of Kahne and missed a number of multi-car accidents. He nearly got involved in one of them, but made a great save despite getting run into right in the door. When the race came down to a green-white-checkered, Logano and Trevor Bayne decided to work together for the end.
  • On the final lap, the Logano and Bayne tandem was moving to the front. Heading down the backstretch, Bayne had pushed Logano into the top-spot. In turn four, Logano and Bayne were forced to move up the track as the car underneath them moved up to block. As a result, Logano was spun from behind and slammed into the outside wall with the rest of the leaders. Logano was able to re-fire his GameStop Toyota and drive across the finish line, coming home 16th.

Logano’s Post-Race Thoughts:

“Man, I thought I had that race won for sure. I have to thank Trevor (Bayne) for going with me there on those last couple of laps. It’s always hard to figure out exactly how the end of these races are going to play out and who you are going to work with. We had been working well with Tony (Stewart) and Kasey (Kahne) all day long, but the way we lined up for that last start, we were going to have to work with Trevor to get anything done and he gave me a great push over those last couple of laps.

“We got a great run going down the backstretch and we were catching Kurt (Busch) and Kyle (Busch) fast. Going into turn three, we had them and got the lead. I know that the 33 (Stewart) and someone else was coming, but Kurt started moving up the track to block and we had to move up as well. When we all got up to the wall, everyone just collided and it all broke loose from there. We were about two feet from having everything cleared. But we got hit the in left rear and turned around. When all was said and done, I was going to get that car fired up and drive it across the finish line. It was the least I could do for these guys on the GameStop team today. They gave me a great car and a car that should have won the race.

“Looking back at it, I wouldn’t do anything different. We made the right moves all day long and we put ourselves in a position to win the race. That is just what happens at these restrictor-plate tracks. You have everyone there at the end trying to get the right track position and make the right moves and all heck breaks loose. It’s too bad to see the GameStop Toyota get torn up today and all of those cars get torn up at the end. We could have all raced to the line and had a great finish. I’m disappointed we don’t have the trophy, but I know we had a car that could have and should have won today.”

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