Camry driver Joey Logano earned his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) win in today’s rain-shortened race at his home track of New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
The Middletown, Conn.-native becomes the youngest winner in NSCS history at 19 years, one month and four days.
Logano’s win marks the 15th victory for Toyota in the Cup Series and came in his 20th career NSCS start.
Camry drivers David Reutimann (fourth) and Kyle Busch (seventh) also earned top-10 finishes in today’s race.
Other Toyota drivers in the field included Denny Hamlin (15th), Marcos Ambrose (23rd), Michael Waltrip (24th), Robby Gordon (25th), Brian Vickers (35th), Scott Speed (36th), Joe Nemechek (39th), Dave Blaney (42nd) and Patrick Carpentier (43rd).
Six Camry drivers are in the top-25 in the unofficial NSCS driver points — Hamlin (sixth), Busch (eighth), Reutimann (14th), Vickers (17th), Ambrose (18th) and Logano (21st).
JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 1st
How do you feel about winning your first Sprint Cup race? “I never thought I would be the one. It kind of bit us in Charlotte – we had the same opportunity to do this and we didn’t do it. This was the opportunity we had and we didn’t have anything to lose. Zippy (Greg Zipadelli, crew chief) made a great call. I have to thank Home Depot, I have to thank Sprint and all the fans and Toyota. This is a dream come true and this is the best race track that we ever could have had it at.”
Does winning this race at your home track make it even more special? “It makes it that much more special. I think your first win no matter where it’s at is huge. Obviously it’s not the way you want to win your first race, in the rain, but 20 years down the road when you look in the record books, no one will know the difference. I’ll take them any way I can. This is my home track and where I watched my first Cup race. And Zippy (Greg Zipadelli, crew chief), all of the guys, a lot of the guys at Joe Gibbs Racing are from the northeast, so it’s cool to get a win here.”
GREG ZIPADELLI, crew chief, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
What does it mean to win with Joey Logano at New Hampshire Motor Speedway? “It was a crazy day like Joey (Logano) said, but half of this sport is about putting yourself in position to have a chance to win on Sunday afternoon, and you know, that’s what we did today and everything went our way. It’s nothing more than that. We were lucky, but we put ourselves in position because we were behind. Because we did have the problems, it allowed us to pit, top off with fuel and do some of the things that the guys up front that were guarding their track position, which is pretty normal here. You can almost run this race like a road course, unless you were in the situation that we were in, and we took advantage of it, and last year, we were in the complete opposite. We should have won this race. We dominated most of the second half, and it rained with 30 (laps) or so to go and we had to pit for fuel and today we got it back. It was fun. Just to be able to put ourselves in that position and be here in Loudon, victory lane, there’s not many better places.”
JOE GIBBS, team owner, Joe Gibbs Racing
How do you feel about Joey Logano’s first NSCS win today? “I feel like the team, we talked some today, Zippy (Greg Zipadelli, crew chief) and his team last year, we were going to the race track knowing that they were going to be in the ‘Chase,’ having a chance to win the championship. And this year, their mind-set that’s been great. They know that Joey (Logano) is young, fighting their guts out for every spot they can get. They have been a great support for Joey. I thought they fought it hard all year and it was great to see them have a chance to get this. So we know today we were fortunate and we know that there will probably be some tough days out there for us, but absolutely thrilled for Joey and his family, and for us, all of us at Joe Gibbs Racing. We figure we can keep this going, ride this thing for about 20 years. But I may not be here for the last ten.”
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Finishing Position: 4th
Were you surprised to get a top-five finish in today’s race? “We had a good car all day and then we got jammed up in that wreck there and it tore the car up some. We had to come in and keep fixing the body and that got us way back. The car just never did drive very good after that. My hats off to Rodney Childers (crew chief) and the guys — we just kept coming in and working on it, plugging fuel in it and hopefully it would stretch it a little longer. They knew the rain was coming. We had a good car all day and that wreck kind of messed it up for us and in the end Rodney (Childers, crew chief) made the right call — again and got us a good finish.”
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 7th
How close were you watching the rain today? “That’s what we were doing most of the race – we didn’t know when it was coming, but it was always here or close. Unfortunately, I have to apologize to all those guys. We got bottled up there in turn one – especially Martin (Truex, Jr.) and Jeff Burton and those guys. I meant nothing of that. The 88 (Dale Earnhardt Jr.) spun his tires on the restart, I went to choose a lane, went to the middle and the 42 (Juan Pablo Montoya) and I got together a little bit. That pinched me with the one (Martin Truex, Jr.) and I spun the one (Martin Truex, Jr.) out and it was just mayhem from there. I hate it for all those guys because I know they’ve got ‘Chase’ contentions too. We were just battling for every spot out there today. Restarts are hectic, man. Everybody is fighting for every inch that’s out there because its so hard to pass with these cars – if you can get it done right now then you can kind of single-file out for a while and then you don’t have to worry about much. The sooner you can get everything done – the quicker, the better, the more you’re by yourself.”
Did the rain hurt your chances for the win today? “It hurt our chances for a good top-five or even maybe a top-four finish. I felt like the 24 (Jeff Gordon) and the two (Kurt Busch) were right there, but our car was good all day. We were solid – we weren’t great. Unfortunately, I have to apologize to all those guys on that restart. I got into Martin (Truex, Jr.) and I hate it for him and Jeff Burton and those guys. It was just hard racing on a restart. It looked like the 88 (Dale Earnhardt, Jr.) spun his tires a little bit. I went to the middle to go for a lane and these double-file restarts everything is so tight anyways and I just got into the one (Martin Truex, Jr.) a little bit there and got him sideways. Unfortunately, for those guys, tore up some good race cars. We’ll take what we got here today with the rain. Unfortunately, this just seems to be what New Hampshire has in store for NASCAR races.”
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 15th
How do you feel for your teammate, Joey Logano, getting his first Cup win today? “It’s a real good day for them and I am definitely happy for them. They rolled the dice. They were on fumes and I was worried with NASCAR running so many caution laps right there that it was going to run them out of fuel. I’m excited for them and excited for Joey (Logano). It’s a good day for him.”
How was your race car today? “We struggled – we had about a 20th-place car all day and just couldn’t get any better than that. We finished 15th and that is about where we should have been.”
MARCOS AMBROSE, No. 47 Little Debbie-Kingsford-Clorox Toyota Camry, JTG-Daugherty Racing
Finishing Position: 23rd
MICHAEL WALTRIP, No. 55 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Finishing Position: 24th
ROBBY GORDON, No. 7 Toyota Camry, Robby Gordon Motorsports
Finishing Position: 25th
BRIAN VICKERS, No. 83 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Red Bull Racing Team
Finishing Position: 35th
What happened that took you out of the race? “I couldn’t see anything from on the race track – everybody just started spinning in front of me. We slowed down and I got hit from behind, the side and the front – then I hit the wall on the right. Just nowhere to go. While I was in the Care Center I saw the replay and it looked like the 18 (Kyle Busch) was just completely impatient – very normal. Just hooked the one (Martin Truex, Jr.) in the right rear and turned him in front of the field. If you wreck somebody on the straightaway, you kind of should be black-flagged for it, but that’s NASCAR’s call, not my call. That’s the second week in a row that stupidity has cost us a race and it’s frustrating.”
*** SCOTT SPEED, No. 82 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Red Bull Racing Team
Finishing Position: 36th
What happened to take you out of the race? “I don’t know. I spun out. I think the car behind us got into us a little bit and it spun us out. Other than that I really can’t tell you. Maybe Brian (Vickers) paid someone off for yesterday — I don’t know.”
Were you happy with your car today? “We did good all weekend. Obviously we were in a pretty reasonable spot and yeah, we’ve got to keep our head up because we had a great weekend. Both cars, the Nationwide car and this car ran really well all weekend. You can’t really change that, that’s just up to fate. So we’ll keep pushing on.”
JOE NEMECHEK, No. 87 NEMCO Motorsports Toyota Camry, NEMCO Motorsports
Finishing Position: 39th
DAVE BLANEY, No. 66 Prism Motorsports Toyota Camry, Prism Motorsports
Finishing Position: 42nd
PATRICK CARPENTIER, No. 36 Tommy Baldwin Racing Toyota Camry, Tommy Baldwin Racing
Finishing Position: 43rd