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Six pack lands in top 20 at Dover

June 04, 2012, Andrew Shain, Special to NASCAR.COM,

Logano finishes in top 10, Biffle retains lead in points standings

With his best finish of the year, Joey Logano led a six-pack of Coca-Cola Racing Family of drivers in the top 20 at Dover International Speedway.

Greg Biffle kept his season points lead for an 11th straight race week, while another three members of the red-and-white brigade, Denny Hamlin, Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman, hold Chase for the Sprint Cup spots at the halfway point of the Sprint Cup's regular season.

Joey Logano

Dover finish: Eighth

Season standings: 16th

Perhaps a little of Logano's luck from the Nationwide series -- four wins in eight races, including at Dover -- rubbed off in Sprint Cup. Bolstered by the race's fastest pit times, he was driving just outside the top five with the laps dwindling. His car stalled on a pit stop with about 50 laps to go, costing him seven spots. Logano surged for his best finish in 27 races, dating to August at Watkins Glen. He remains 16th in the standings and sits 55 points out of a spot for the Chase.

What he said: "Winning a race and finishing eighth here, I feel like we should have finished even better. We'll take it. It's a solid finish and a good points day. We just have to keep doing that all season long."

Greg Biffle

Dover finish: 11th

Season standings: First

Biffle's bad result (for him) is actually pretty good. He finished outside the top 10 for the fourth time in 13 races. He started seventh, but the car was loose through the turns. He sank past the top 20 at one point but rallied back in the last 100 laps. He collected his 11th top-12 finish in the past 12 races at Dover. Biffle's lead in the season standings is a point above Roush Fenway Racing teammate Matt Kenseth.

What he said: "I just couldn't get the balance right. We could never close that gap. But we finished 11th, and I wish I would have stayed out at the end. I came in and got tires, and I thought more guys would come. We pitted ninth and finished 11th, so that probably wasn't too smart."

Ryan Newman

Dover finish: 15th

Season standings: 13th

Newman still is clinging to his Chase chance with solid finishes. He tied his best start of the season, third, but slipped to 20th with a loose-handling car and lost a lap. Newman dropped another lap with a pit-road tire mishap and an unscheduled stop before a caution. He got the lucky dog toward the end of the race and made up a few spots for his third top-15 finish in his past five races. It was his best finish at Dover since 2010. Newman holds the last Chase spot with his win at Martinsville.

What he said: "I really expected for us to have a better finish. We had a good qualifying spot, and I thought we had a good shot at getting a finish in the top 10 [Sunday], but it just didn't work out. It was a frustrating day."

Denny Hamlin

Dover finish: 18th

Season standings: Fourth

Hamlin remains in solid shape for a Chase spot by backing up strong qualifying runs with good race results. He started 10th at Dover, his seventh top-10 qualifying run in the past nine races. He had not finished worse than 11th when he starts so high. Hamlin was running in the top 10 for the first 100 laps, but he started sliding back -- briefly getting going outside the top 20 and losing a lap. He got the last lucky dog of the race and finished 18th. Hamlin has finished outside the top 20 only once this season. He lost a spot in the standings, slipping to fourth.

What he tweeted: "Have I mentioned how much I hate this track. #concreteheadache"

Jamie McMurray

Dover finish: 19th

Season standings: 22nd

McMurray looked liked he was set to have a pretty good day after a so-so qualifying run. He had a top-15 car midway through the race after starting 24th. He remained inside the top 20 much of the way while trying to manage an ill-handling car. McMurray had a decent result -- he notched his best finish in his past three races -- but he lost a spot in the standings.

What he said: "We were really chasing the handle on the car today and throughout the weekend. We went to extremes both loose and tight throughout the race. Our guys thrashed to work on our car and kept us on the lead lap and managed a top-20 finish."

Bobby Labonte

Dover finish: 20th

Season standings: 27th

Labonte posted his fifth top-20 finish of the season. He started 22nd and slid back a few positions with a tight car. He hovered around the top 20 for two-thirds of the race as the car became freer later in runs. Labonte came home as the first car a lap down at the track where he started his first race in 1991. The finish was his best in the past four races and his second-best at Dover in the past four years. Labonte remains 27th in points.

What he said before the race: "It's fast and I love going there because it is so different."

Jeff Burton

Dover finish: 22nd

Season standings: 18th

For a second straight week, Burton had another strong showing without the finish to show for it. He started 15th but got shuffled outside the top 20 in the opening laps. Burton rose through the field and was 13th at the midway point. He moved as high as eighth before his engine let go with 36 laps remaining. The finish was his first outside the top 20 at Dover in seven years. Burton lost a spot in the season standings.

* Video: Engine troubles plague Burton

What he said: "We had a good car [Sunday]. We had a solid top-10 car easy. And I thought on the long run, we had a top-five car. So that's the good thing. ... We broke an engine here, but it just is what it is. The monkey is on us right now. It will get off one day, but it seems like for the past year and a half or so, it's been on us pretty hard. We'll keep digging. I've never quit anything in my life and I won't quit this."

Tony Stewart

Dover finish: 25th

Season standings: Eighth

Stewart's poor finish did not ding his Chase position -- in fact, he got a small boost. Starting a season-worst 29th, Stewart got caught in a Lap 10 wreck that scooped up a dozen cars. He returned to the track after extensive repairs in what became an extended test session for when the circuit returns to Dover on Sept. 30. He drove his way to a top-25 finish at 69 laps down -- the leader among those involved in the accident. Because of the woes of his closest competitors in the standings, Stewart gained a spot in the season standings.

* Stewart among those collected in early wreck | Video

What he said: "You know, we finished 25th last week at Charlotte, and none of us were happy about it. To finish 25th here, on a day like [Sunday], we'll take it because it could've been a lot worse. We made the best out of a bad situation. We really haven't been very good here lately, so to have more than 300 laps to test at a track that we'll come back to in the fall during the Chase is something that you really can't duplicate anywhere else."