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Another Learning Experience; Another Top-10 for Logano

GameStop Driver Finishes Seventh at Richmond; Scores Ninth Top-10 of 2008

Joey Logano
Joey Logano
Joey Logano racked up more knowledge and another top-10 finish as the driver of the No. 20 GameStop/Rock Band 2 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing finished seventh in Sunday’s night’s rain-postponed Emerson Radio 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway.

Logano, who started the 250-lap race in first after qualifying was rained-out and the field was set by current car owner points, has now scored nine top-10 finishes in just 12 career Nationwide Series starts.

“We started off decent and then the brakes started pulsating,” Logano said. “I got really loose into the corner and we tried to fix that. Then that would make me tight in the center, and that would make me loose off. We fixed that. At the end it wasn’t that bad, we were just slow and I don’t know why. Besides that, we had good pit stops. We gained spots every time we came in, so that was good.”

Greg Zipadelli, who will serve as Logano’s crew chief in 2009 on the No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, called the race on top of the pit box along with regular Nationwide Series crew chief Doug Hewitt.

“I’m just helping out and it gives me an opportunity to hear and make some adjustments on the car and see how sensitive he is to the adjustments we make,” Zipadelli said. “It might give us a little bit of a head start on next year. It’s a learning curve and we’re just trying to accelerate it as fast as we can.”

In addition to battling the handling of the car, as well as the other 42 competitors on the track, Logano, Zipadelli and the GameStop crew fought another issue as radio problems plagued the team throughout the 250-event.

“It was hard because we lost radios somewhere around 100 laps into it. I couldn’t hear a word he was saying,” Zipadelli said. “We fought loose all night getting in the corner and had a really bad brake vibration. We weren’t going to be able to fix that, so we just tightened the car up and got it to where it was halfway decent.”

Logano’s seventh-place effort kept the No. 20 car first in the Nationwide Series owner standings after 28 of 35 races, with a 78-point lead over the team’s nearest pursuer – the No. 2 entry of Richard Childress Racing.

Logano’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Denny Hamlin, started 27th and finished fourth in his No. 18 Toyota.

There were nine caution periods for 50 laps, with nine drivers failing to finish the 250-lap race.

Carl Edwards won the Emerson Radio 250 to score his 17th career Nationwide Series victory, his fourth of the season and his second at Richmond. Finishing 1.552 seconds behind Edwards was Scott Wimmer, while Clint Bowyer, Hamlin and David Ragan secured the rest of the top-five. Greg Biffle, Logano, Kevin Harvick, David Stremme and Kyle Busch comprised the remainder of the top-10.

The Nationwide Series takes a rare weekend off before heading to Dover (Del.) International Speedway for the Sept. 20 Camping World RV Sales 200. The race starts at 3:30 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by ESPN2 beginning with its pre-race show at 3 p.m. The race will also be broadcast live on SIRIUS Satellite Radio Channel 128.

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