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Logano Gains More Experience, Notches Another Top-10

GameStop Driver Scores Eighth Top-10 of 2008 with Sixth Place Finish at Fontana

Joey Logano
Joey Logano
Joey Logano continues to rack up experience in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

And while the driver of the No. 20 GameStop Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) gains knowledge with each lap and each race, he’s also scoring top-10 finishes.

Logano finished a solid sixth in Saturday night’s Camping World RV Service 300 Nationwide Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.

It was the 18-year-old’s eighth top-10 finish in just 11 career Nationwide Series starts.

“It was a long night, but not a bad one for all the GameStop guys,” Logano said of his first race at the 2-mile Auto Club Speedway. “That last caution tightened me up a little too much to really get by any of the guys in front of me. We had to get a little better balance at the end. We would have liked to run fast with Kyle (Busch) and those guys, but I guess we’ll take what we learn and go to the next one.”

Logano fought a tight condition early in the race, but because the first 57 laps of the 150-lap event were conducted caution free, veteran crew chief Doug Hewitt didn’t get a chance to make changes until a green flag pit stop on lap 54. From there, Logano, a Middletown, Conn. native, used the rest of the night as a lesson on how certain adjustments changed the handling of his race car in only his second Nationwide Series start on a track 2-miles or larger.

“We started off a little tight and then we tried to free it up but we went a little too far,” said Logano. “The car went to the loose end, but in one run it went from tight to loose. It usually goes the other way from my experience, but it went back to tight after that – all through one run. It confused the heck out of me. Racing is full of a lot of little things, and I learned a few more of those over the course of the race.”

Logano’s sixth-place effort kept the No. 20 car first in the Nationwide Series owner standings after 27 of 35 races, with a 102-point lead over the team’s nearest pursuer – the No. 2 entry of Richard Childress Racing.

Logano’s JGR teammate, Kyle Busch, won the Camping World RV Service 300 to score his 18th career Nationwide Series victory, his seventh of the season and his first at Fontana. The race ended under caution with Carl Edwards, Brian Vickers, Jeff Burton and Jamie McMurray rounding out the top-five behind Busch. Logano was sixth, while Clint Bowyer, David Reutimann, David Ragan and David Stremme comprised the remainder of the top-10.

There were five caution periods for 15 laps, with 10 drivers failing to finish the 150-lap race.

The next event on the Nationwide Series schedule is the Sept. 5 Emerson Radio 250 at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. The race starts at 8 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by ESPN2 beginning with its pre-race show at 7:30 p.m. The race will also be broadcast live on SIRIUS Satellite Radio Channel 128.

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