The Pit Stop

April 13, 2009 10:11 PM

Oil, Nationwide Series, and other news....

Wall Street Journal with a great article on NASCAR teams spending a mess load of money on the motor oil.  The article says that Joe Gibbs Racing has spent one million a year over the past 10 years on perfecting oil. reports that the new car for the Nationwide Series could be introduced now in 2011.  The economy is one reason for this change.

Due to the continuing lawsuit Kentucky Speedway may not get a 2010 Sprint Cup date.

The Southern 500 is now going to be presented by  The race is on May 9th.

I was sent in this post race interview audio file from the Nationwide series race at Nashville.

Nationwide On-Hold Post Nashville.mp3

Text from audio file:

Joey Logano NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion Interview - Nashville Superspeedway

Eighteen-year-old Joey Logano captured his first Nationwide Series victory of the season and the second of his career in the Pepsi 300 at Nashville Superspeedway.

Joey Logano:
It's big for me, you know it's an awesome confidence booster for sure. You know, looking and saying hey I can do this, I am here for a reason, I can win races. That's big, you know, just to reassure yourself that, and I'm sure this is all going to keep carrying on-- you've got to build on this momentum and keep going.

Logano was able to hold off teammate Kyle Busch for the win.

Kyle Busch:
He had a better car on the short run, we had a better long run car, and you know I want to thank Z-Line, NOS Energy Drink, Toyota, all the guys on this team they did a great job. It's just a shame we weren't able to get out there and win this thing. You know, it's kind of frustrating but we finished second today.

Logano had a good feeling about the race from the start of the weekend.

You know the car was good right off the bat, we qualified great, we practiced great and you know it started going and Kyle got by us--the car just kept getting tighter and tighter on the long runs and Dave just kept adjusting it and adjusting it and we were really good on the short runs and then we kept tightening up as we kept going so. As you look at Kyle back there at the end of the race and you get that clean air back on my nose and I know he was tight so that kind of made it worse for him and it was good enough to hold him off.  It's cool to have Joe Gibbs race a one-two finish. That's a big deal for all the guys at the shop too.

Third place-finisher Brad Keselowski was asked why he was happier than Busch, who finished a spot ahead of him.

Brad Keselowski:

Highlight that as the question of the year. Do you have enough time for me today to answer that? Obviously you know he's running two series so when you come to the Nationwide level as a driver like himself that's you know as successful as he is, sometimes when you're not winning you're not happy.

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