Nationwide - Logano Post Race Comments Phoenix
How does it feel to win your ninth NNS race of 2012? "They didn't make it easy on me -- that's for sure with all those cautions and our car was very loose for the first couple laps or so after a restart. Once we got going it was pretty good and then they started catching back up. Not really much time to make an adjustment on the car throughout the race. We took two tires pretty much the whole race. To get the GameStop Toyota back in victory lane one more time -- they've been with me forever -- so it's awesome to get them in again. Epic Mickey 2 -- to get Mickey Mouse in victory lane, that's pretty cool. It might be the first time Mickey Mouse has been in victory lane. Got to thank Toyota, SportClips and Coca-Cola. It was definitely a fun race for sure and they kept me on my toes right until the end."
How strong was your race car? "It was good, but those guys were catching up to us. Man, those restarts were definitely tight and you've got to do whatever you've got to do to get out front. Brian (Vickers) and I had one heck of a race there trying to keep the lead and, man it was a lot of fun. It was nerve wracking. A lot more cautions than I wanted, but winning this race clinched us having the most wins in the Nationwide season and getting the pole today clinched that too. Those are two really cool awards to get throughout the year. Hat's off to these guys -- these guys are awesome -- so much fun racing with them. We still have one more left. We'll try to get number 10."Did Brian Vickers give you a reason to worry at the end of the race? "Yeah, I had plenty of worries about him (Brian Vickers) and the 6 (Ricky Stenhouse). I knew I could beat him on the restarts -- I knew how to beat him -- and then when Brian got up there it was a whole new ballgame for me and I had to kind of change up what I was doing. And he figured out what I was doing, so I had to change it up a little bit in the last few circuits -- tried to make sure I got the nose ahead into (turn) one until I had position on him going in and tried to clear him from there."
Was the end of the race exciting? "It was go time, for sure. We were trying to go the whole time. It was a heck of a race. He (Brian Vickers) was able to pass me on the restart before that and then crossed each other back up, came back and then the caution came out again and I was like, 'Ah, again.' So, I had to go through these restart scenarios a lot and we were able to get them at the end. It was definitely a heck of race. He raced me hard. He raced me clean and we had a lot of fun."
What are your emotions leaving JGR after this year and after a successful Nationwide season? "Yeah, it's going to be tough to race against them. I hate not being able to have Adam (Stevens, crew chief). It's going to be definitely a tough call for me. It's definitely going to be hard. I know those Penske guys are definitely -- they have strong cars. You saw Brad (Keselowski) up there racing for the win today with me. That makes me excited about my future over there. I feel like I'm definitely making a good move by doing that, but we still want to finish off this on the best note we can. I appreciate everything Joe (Gibbs, team owner) and J.D.'s (Gibbs, general manager) given me the opportunities throughout the years being there since I was 15. It's cool to be out there winning races and it's bittersweet, but I'm also looking forward."
JOEY LOGANO, No. 18 GameStop/Epic Mickey2 Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing (continued) Did the outside lane come to life today? "Oh yeah, it came in, for sure. I think when we saw Brad (Keselowski) and I racing the outside and it was pretty good and he was actually running the high side and I was running the bottom. It's coming in. Tomorrow it will come in even more with the heavier cars, more horsepower -- the top will come in even more. Man, what a crazy race. It was a lot of fun."