Post-Race Highlights:

  • Logano started the second Gatorade Duel race in the ninth position.
  • The Home Depot Toyota proved to be one of the fastest cars on the track for the first part of the race, running in the top-five and a car many drivers wanted to team up with.
  • On lap 13, Logano drove the No. 20 Home Depot Toyota to the top spot and held the lead for five laps before falling back and riding in third.
  • Logano reported the Home Depot Toyota was a little loose, so the team made a pit stop in tandem with teammate Kyle Busch on lap 42, getting two tires, fuel and a small air adjustment.
  • When Logano and Busch returned to the track in sixth and seventh respectively, they had unfortunately lost the lead draft and spent the remaining 18 laps trying to catch the lead pack of cars.
  • Logano spent the final laps trading off between Busch and Jeff Gordon, but was never able to catch the lead pack. He settled for a sixth-place finish. Unofficially, that will put Logano 12th in the starting lineup of Sunday’s Daytona 500.

Logano’s Post-Race Thoughts:

“We had a really strong Home Depot Toyota today. The car was really good early in the race. Right from the start, I was able to get the car going to the front and we ran right there in the top-five. The car was good, even leading the second line on the outside there for a while. Finally, Kyle and I got hooked together and we were able to move to the front and we were able to lead some laps. Man, that felt good to have the Home Depot Toyota out front. We were just riding and then the guys behind us got a run and moved around us. After that, it was more just riding and seeing what line was moving where and learning what the car was going to do.

“The biggest problem we ran into was losing the draft after the pit stops. I don’t know if some guys up there took fuel only or what, but when we came out of the pits we were pretty far behind the lead pack of cars, which I guess had some lappers in there too. We kept trying to hook up between me and Kyle. I was pushing him and he was pushing me and then Jeff (Gordon) even tried to get in there. We just couldn’t make up any ground though. But the car was strong and I think it will be really good heading into Sunday. I’m pumped to get out of here clean today and move on to Sunday. I think we have a good shot at it.”

Friday, February 24, 2012 Sessions

  • Daytona 500 Practice on SPEED TV at 11 am
  • Daytona 500 Practice on SPEED TV at 12:30 pm

Saturday, February 25, 2012 Session

  • Daytona 500 Final Practice on SPEED TV at 10:30 am

Sunday, February 26, 2012 Session

  • Daytona 500 on FOX at Noon

All times posted above are eastern time.