Victory Interview with Joey Logano from NASCAR Nationwide Series at
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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 â€“ Auto Club
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 wasnâ€™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 weekendâ€™s race. Then, Logano retaliated, he
went to the front, the madder he got the faster he went.
Yeah I donâ€™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 couldnâ€™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 Iâ€™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 Iâ€™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 raceâ€™s two major incidents, first
hereâ€™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.
We were just all racing hard, nothing to be ashamed of. The 18 held me
tight like I would do to him, thereâ€™s nothing wrong with that, all cool
and the 16 got a run and took it and then he just came up across him. Itâ€™s
just one of those deals.
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 didnâ€™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
Thereâ€™s six races left, five races left, thatâ€™s only 32 points a race or
something and we can do that, that can happen. We needed that today,
As for the incident between Biffle and Logano, Biffle hinted he was
settling a score with his 19-year-old rival.
I donâ€™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 Iâ€™m not sure what
his issue is.
The Biff also didnâ€™t appreciate Joeyâ€™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, theyâ€™ve got short memories. They donâ€™t remember
last week when he smashed my left front fender in. See itâ€™s all about
their self and itâ€™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 didnâ€™t have
time to fix mine, I fell back to fifth and finished wherever I did.
Loganoâ€™s crew chief Dave Rogers was so mad after what happened he called
Biffle a coward.
You know I probably got caught at the heat of the battle, Iâ€™m an emotional
guy but I donâ€™t think what he did is right and I think the victory here is
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 Loweâ€™s Motor Speedway
in Charlotte. Look for the audio interview following Dollar General 300.
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