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Victory Interview with Joey Logano from NASCAR Nationwide Series at ACS

@Nationwidenns will be at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Charlotte Friday and 

Attached is the audio file of the interview with race champ Joey Logano 
along with a transcript and a link to all the pictures we shot this 

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Joey Logano NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion Interview – Auto Club 
Speedway Saturday 

When Joey Logano took the checkered flag in Fontana it was the fifth 
Nationwide Series win of the year and his second straight but it wasn’t 
easy. Starting from the pole in the GameStop Toyota, Logano was stuffed 
into the wall on an early race restart by Greg Biffle who was attempting 
to settle a score from last weekend’s race. Then, Logano retaliated, he 
went to the front, the madder he got the faster he went. 

Joey Logano:
Yeah I don’t know why it seems like I dig a little harder. I think it 
happens to a lot of people, you get mad you fight a little bit more. The 
best revenge is putting that thing in Victory Lane. 

But he couldn’t of done that without an incident with just under 10 to go 
when fighting for the lead, Brad Keselowski crowded Denny Hamlin who had 
climbed into the 18 after the race started for his ill teammate Kyle Busch 
and as Hamlin worked up the track and turned forward to avoid Keselowski, 
he crashed into Greg Biffle. After the mess was cleaned up, Logano took 
the lead away from Keselowski on the restart then survived a green-white 
and checkered flag finish. 

It was crazy to say the least. At the start of the race I felt like we 
were OK, needed to do a little bit of work to the car but I felt like we 
had a really good car and on the restart the 16 got underneath us and 
decided to fence me down the straight away for no apparent reason so that 
was crazy, that was not the race I thought I’d have a shot at winning, I 
was sitting there back at 15th and I was like I hope I can salvage a top 
10 out of this thing and I’ll settle on passing for the lead. That was 
really cool; I had a blast doing it. 

Brian Vickers wound up the runner-up, with Carl Edwards third, Kevin 
Harvick forth and Keselowski faded to fifth. Six to 10 it was Michael 
Annett, Brendan Gaughan, David Gilliland, David Ragan and Jason Keller. 
Then 11 to 15: Paul Menard, Jeremy Clements, Mike Bliss, Greg Biffle and 
Mike Wallace. Going back now to the race’s two major incidents, first 
here’s Brad Keselowski talking about the late race wreck he was involved 
in with Biffle and Denny Hamlin, a driver he has a heated history.

Brad Keselowski:
We were just all racing hard, nothing to be ashamed of. The 18 held me 
tight like I would do to him, there’s nothing wrong with that, all cool 
and the 16 got a run and took it and then he just came up across him. It’s 
just one of those deals.

Denny Hamlin: 
You know we were racing pretty hard right there. The 88 gave us a shot 
getting into turn three and got low on us and got positioned and then he 
started picking up a push and started coming up into us and I was trying 
to carry it up off the corner to make sure I didn’t get clipped by him and 
all the while the 16 was up high and got a big run off the corner and we 
came up into him.

Between Busch and Hamlin the 18 car lead three times for 66 of 152 laps 
but Busch would be credited with a 31st place finish that really hurt him 
in the Nationwide Series Championship standings. His lead now over Carl 
Edwards cut from 245 to 155. And after the race Edwards talked about his 
90-point gain. 

Carl Edwards:
There’s six races left, five races left, that’s only 32 points a race or 
something and we can do that, that can happen. We needed that today, 
that’s good. 

As for the incident between Biffle and Logano, Biffle hinted he was 
settling a score with his 19-year-old rival. 

Greg Biffle:
I don’t know what his issue was, he smashed my left front fender in last 
week at Kansas and I fell back the rest of the race, so I’m not sure what 
his issue is.

The Biff also didn’t appreciate Joey’s dad, Tom Logano, rushing up to his 
car after the race and giving him the one finger salute.

I saw him flick me off, they’ve got short memories. They don’t remember 
last week when he smashed my left front fender in. See it’s all about 
their self and it’s not always about you. He was lucky he had time to fix 
it, I got mine smashed in on the last run of the day. So I didn’t have 
time to fix mine, I fell back to fifth and finished wherever I did. 

Logano’s crew chief Dave Rogers was so mad after what happened he called 
Biffle a coward.

Dave Rogers:
You know I probably got caught at the heat of the battle, I’m an emotional 
guy but I don’t think what he did is right and I think the victory here is 
good revenge. 

That it was. 

A full set of the pictures taken at the Auto Club Speedway can be viewed 

The Nationwide Series will return this week to the Lowe’s Motor Speedway 
in Charlotte.  Look for the audio interview following Dollar General 300. 

And don’t forget, Nationwide’s Media Team will be Twittering from the 
Lowe’s Motor Speedway. 

You can follow the Team’s whereabouts on the track on Twitter ( If there is a picture of someone or 
something you would like to see trackside, send your request to The team will try its best to get the 
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