Logano Holds on to Finish 11th at New Hampshire
July 14, 2013
The CNBC Prime The Profit 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (1.0 mile oval, Loudon, N.H.)
The No. 22 Hertz Ford Mustang
Start Position: 7
Finish Position: 11
Current Owner's Points Position: 2
THE RACE REVIEW
· Joey Logano qualified the No. 22 Hertz Ford Mustang in the seventh position for Saturday afternoon’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at New Hampshire.
· As the race began to unfold, it was obvious that the No. 22 was going to be a handful all day long.
· Logano radioed in that the car was extremely loose at the start of a run, but as the laps clicked off, the car began to lose all front grip and couldn’t turn through the corners.
· Just past lap 40, Logano found himself fourth. Unfortunately, it was the highest that Logano would run all afternoon long.
· Crew chief Jeremy Bullins made a number of changes all day long, including track bar, air, adding a rubber to the right rear spring and adding tape. None of the changes were able to get the No. 22 Hertz Mustang racing better.
· Logano found himself on a different pit strategy late and wasn’t worried about fuel heading to the end. Then, on the second green-white-checkered finish, Logano found himself in the middle of an accident when he was hit from behind by the No. 31 and driven into the No. 33. Fortunately, the accident resulted in just minor body damage.
· As the race came to a conclusion, Logano was able to hold onto 11th despite restarting 16th.
· With the finish, Logano and the No. 22 Penske Racing team remained second in the Nationwide Series Owner’s Point Standings.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING
THAT APPEARED TO BE A STRUGGLE MOST OF THE DAY. TALK ABOUT YOUR RACE.
“We just missed the setup on the Hertz Mustang today. That’s really frustrating. We just didn’t have it today. We thought we had a good piece after qualifying, but it just didn’t work out. Our car was really loose early in the runs, but then just lost the nose as the run went on. It didn’t seem like whatever we tried helped it. We made it better, but never good enough to get it competitive with the guys up front. We don’t like to come out and race like that. We will do our homework and make sure things are better next week at Chicago.” - Joey Logano