Logano Coasts to a 21st-Place Finish at Watkins Glen
August 11, 2013THE RACE
ZIPPO 200 at Watkins Glen International
August 10, 2013
The No. 48 Discount Tire Ford
Driven By Joey Logano
Start Position: 3
Finish Position: 21
THE RACE REVIEW
The No. 48 Discount Tire Ford Mustang driven by Joey Logano
· Joey Logano qualified the No. 48 Discount Tire Ford in the third position for Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Watkins Glen International.
· At the start of the race, Logano fell into the second position and began an early charge of Penske power, with Sam Hornish, Logano and Brad Keselowski running first through third.
· The No. 48 Ford Mustang was tight early on and then became very loose after the first round of pit stops. It was a condition that would plague Logano all day long.
· All day long, pit strategy was the name of the game. Logano and the No. 48 team, racing for only the win and not any points, gambled and got on a different pit strategy than everyone else.
· As pit stops cycled through, Logano took the lead on lap 54. However, plans called for Logano to try and make it the rest of the way on fuel with the help of some hopeful late-race cautions.
· The cautions that Logano needed never came and while running fourth, the No. 48 Ford ran out of fuel coming to the white flag. Logano coasted around the track and finished 21st.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING
JOEY LOGANO, NO. 48 DISCOUNT TIRE FORD
YOU WENT FOR THE WIN TODAY. HOW DID IT ALL PLAY OUT AT THE END?
“Yeah, we knew going into the race that we were out there for one thing and that was to win the race. We didn’t have any points to run for and we didn’t have anything to lose. So we just decided to go for it. We had a pretty fast Discount Tire Ford Mustang. I think we were the third best out there behind our two teammates. So we put ourselves on a different pit strategy in hopes to win the race. We were able to get out front and stay there, but we ended up being pretty short on fuel and needed some cautions to help us out. We got a few of them, but not as many as we needed and we ran out of gas with about a lap and a half to go. After that point, it was just about staying out of the way so we didn’t cause any issues with our teammates running one-two. It would have been really cool to get a Penske Racing one-two-three, but it just wasn’t meant to be today.”
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