Bank of America 500 Pit Note #14 -Joey Logano Wins Dollar General 300
LOGANO WINS DOLLAR GENERAL 300 – Joey Logano used a fast car, a new line and a little luck to win Friday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series Dollar General 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Logano started third and ran in the top five all night, swapping the lead with Brad Keselowski, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Kevin Harvick. A late-race green-flag pit cycle left him in striking position, and a late-race shift to the high line cemented the win – his first at Charlotte and his eighth this season.
“We had to work really hard for this,” Logano said. “We weren’t the winning car at the beginning of the race. And then we made the right adjustments, and maybe by the third stop we were kind of where we needed to be. I found a line that worked for me and great strategy.”
Kevin Harvick finished second, and points leader Elliott Sadler was third.
“From a fan’s perspective, I think this was one of the best races of the year,” Sadler said. “When I was running fourth, the leaders were three-wide the whole race. These cars put on such a good show.”
Complete with late-race chaos. The final caution fell too early to allow the leaders to go all the way to the end, forcing late-race pit stops.
Logano began the cycle with 15 to go while leading the race, taking two tires and fuel. Five laps later, second-place Keselowski came in, opting for fuel only. But the team didn’t get enough fuel in the car during its 3.5-second stop to make it to the finish, forcing Keselowski back to pit lane. A bad situation got worse when Keselowski was handed a penalty for speeding on pit road, relegating him to 18th, two laps down.
“We had a car to certainly win; it just didn’t have any gas there at the end,” Keselowski said.
“You have to understand this program’s about giving opportunities … We made sure none of the Cup guys were on this team tonight so there’s no risk of getting hurt. We provided some opportunities to some other guys, and some of them did great. We had some struggles in other areas.”
JOEY LOGANO (Winner, No. 20 GameStop/Call of Duty Black Ops II Toyota) – “We had to work really hard for this. We weren’t the winning car at the beginning of the race. And then we made the right adjustments and maybe by the third stop we were kind of where we needed to be. I found a line that worked for me and great strategy. It got crazy there at the end. (Why did you change your line?) I didn’t have an option. I was getting beat. I had to find something. I moved to the top and I thought, hey, I have something here.”
ADAM STEVENS (Crew Chief, No. 20 GameStop/Call of Duty Black Ops II Toyota ) – “He doesn’t give up; there’s no quit in that guy. We tried some silly stuff that didn’t work out … but we got it there at the end.”
KEVIN HARVICK (Second-place finisher, No. 33 Menards/Rheem Chevrolet) – “Usually the night race at Charlotte isn’t that much fun just because the cars are so fast you can’t move around, but tonight was a different story. You could move all over the race track and run the top, the bottom and the middle. But for us, as the night went on, our car got looser up off the corner and the 20 seemed to get a little better and we just lost a little bit of pace there. So for us, all in all, it was a good night for us.”
ELLIOTT SADLER (Third-place finisher, No. 2 OneMain Financial Chevrolet) – “We got a little tight there at the end. I’m just so proud of the guys. It’s a very special race for me with the pink paint scheme. From a fan’s perspective, I think this was one of the best races of the year. When I was running fourth, the leaders were three wide the whole race. These cars put on such a good show with the rules package we have. I’m just really happy my family was here with me. My mom got to ride around in the truck with me when we got the pole. All in all, it’s been a really good night for the company.”
AUSTIN DILLON (Sixth-place finisher, No. 3 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet) - “We burnt the right front tire off every time we put a set on. So, we had to take two on that last stop just because we couldn’t chance it. You know, we knew this race was going to be the toughest one of the five we had. This was our best finish at Charlotte.”
RICKY STENHOUSE JR. (Seventh-place finisher, No. 6 Cargill Ford) – “We decided to try and fix the spoiler. On that first run, the spoiler got bent back a bit. And we were running third there. We came in and tried to fix it right there, and we lost a bit of track position. The car was not running as well there in the back as it was when we were out front. We just made a mistake on the pit stop, and we will go back out there next week at Kansas and get them. We will come back and get them. There are still four races left, so there is still plenty of time.”