Logano Salvages 16th-Place Finish, Remains Top-10 in Points

Post Race Highlights:

  • Logano debuted new sponsor Dollar General at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend. It was Dollar General’s first ever primary sponsorship of a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car.
  • Logano qualified eighth for the event, but actually started fourth after several cars in front of him had to drop to the rear of the field for going to backup cars prior to the start of the race.
  • At the initial start of the event, Logano jumped into second position and looked to have a strong Dollar General Toyota, running in the top-10 for the first 50 laps of the event.
  • Eventually, the handle started going away on the No. 20 Dollar General Toyota. Logano reported he was fighting a tight condition that continued to get worse and worse as the race went on.
  • Logano eventually fell back into the mid-20s and a lap down. However, Logano, crew chief Jason Ratcliff and the entire Dollar General team never gave up and continued to work on the car and try and make it better.
  • On lap 246, Logano found himself back on the lead lap and working to improve his 22nd-place running position. Over the final 20 laps, Logano used pit strategy and an improving car to salvage a 16th-place finish, tops among the Joe Gibbs Racing machines.
  • With his 16th-place finish, Logano unofficially remains in the top-10 in the points standings in ninth.

Logano’s Post-Race Thoughts:

“Well that was a disappointing day for the Dollar General Toyota. We really thought we were going to have a better car than what we had, but we just struggled to find the right handle and chased the track all day as well. Thankfully, we were able to get back on the lead lap and salvage a 16th-place finish out of it. We raced hard all the way to the end and we picked up a lot of spots over those last 20 laps or so. We were even side-by-side with the No. 78 car coming to the checkers.

“The key to our season is going to be days like this. We know we can run up front and contend for wins and get top-fives and top-10s. Its days like this, where we are struggling and just don’t have the car and try to make something out of those days. Trying to get the best that we can out of it and that is what we did today. That shows the mentality of this team and what we are trying to do. We are still top-10 in points. So we will leave here, go to Bristol and hopefully learn a bunch and be even better the next time we are on one of these mile-and-a-half tracks.”

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