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Logano wins Fontana Nationwide race

While NASCAR yanks his father's credential
Sunday, October 11, 2009

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Joey Logano, driver of the No. 20 GameStop/Brutal Legend Toyota, celebrates winning his second consecutive NASCAR Nationwide Series Copart 300
Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR
Resurrecting his hopes after sustaining early damage to his No. 20 Toyota, polesitter Joey Logano won Saturday's Copart 300, an event he described as "the most fun race I've ever had in my life."

For others, particularly NASCAR Nationwide Series points leader Kyle Busch and his relief driver, Denny Hamlin, the race at two-mile Auto Club Speedway was anything but a barrel of laughs.

Taking over for Busch after 39 laps -- because Busch had a case of the flu that wouldn't let up -- Hamlin collided with Greg Biffle off Turn 4 while fighting for the lead on Lap 141 and exited the race with an irreparable car.

The accident put a substantial dent in Busch's points lead over third-place finisher Carl Edwards, who now trails Busch by 155 points with five races left in the season. Brad Keselowski, who rallied from a slow restart on a green-white-checkered-flag finish that took the race two laps beyond its scheduled distance, finished fifth and is third in points, 227 behind Busch.

Logano rallied from 25th position after Biffle forced him into the backstretch wall while Biffle was passing for the lead on Lap 50 of 152.

"I didn't think we had a shot at it after Biffle decided to put us in the wall," said Logano, who pulled away from runner-up Brian Vickers after the final restart on Lap 151. "Apparently, that was the only way he thought he could beat us, but you can't put this 20 team down.

"We never quit, kept digging all day. I definitely didn't think we had a shot at it. It was just amazing. … That was the most fun race I ever had in my life. I went through a point there where (I said to myself) 'I don't have a shot at this' to 'Try to salvage a top 10 out of it' to bringing home a W."

Though 19-year-old Logano got his second straight Nationwide win, his fifth this season and the sixth of his brief career, the race ended in controversy, with Logano's father, Tom Logano, confronting Biffle as the driver sat in his car on pit road.

Kevin Harvick ran fourth, and rookie Michael Annett came home sixth, his best result in his 31 Nationwide starts.

Keselowski passed Hamlin for the lead through Turns 1 and 2 moments after a restart on Lap 125. Before the completion of that lap, two separate incidents caused the seventh caution of the race. John Wes Townley's Ford slid up the track into Jason Leffler's Toyota, spinning both cars, and collecting the Dodge of Michael McDowell.

Less than 100 yards ahead of that accident, the Dodge of Justin Allgaier went three-wide between the Toyota of Trevor Bayne and the Chevrolet of Brendan Gaughan, forcing Gaughan into the wall near the exit from Turn 2.

Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 CitiFinancial Ford, and Denny Hamlin, driver of the No. 18 Z-Line Designs Toyota, are involved in an incident that brought out the final caution
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Hamlin took the lead after the subsequent restart on Lap 129 and held it through a subsequent caution, until the collision with Biffle's Ford on Lap 141 -- with Keselowski in close pursuit -- put him out of the race.

Busch's flu symptoms worsened during Saturday's NASCAR Sprint Cup practice, prompting the driver change under the first caution of the race, on Lap 39.

"It's just temperature," Busch said after the switch with Hamlin. "When I get in the car and I get hot, I start not being able to see exactly straight. The car was really good, though. … Unfortunately, I didn't feel it was in my best interest or the team's best interest to win this race to keep going.

"More laps and getting hotter in the seat probably would have diminished my performance a little."

Busch was confident he'd be back in the seat of his No. 18 Toyota for Sunday's Pepsi 500 Sprint Cup race.

"Another problem is wanting to get out today in order to compete in the full 500 miles tomorrow," Busch said. "Fortunately, today (Saturday), we've got Denny Hamlin, who's a great relief driver that can drive for me. I can try to go back now and rest up, cool down to try to get this fever under control and be ready for (Sunday)."

Asked if he had a relief driver lined up just in case, Busch said, "Not yet -- I think I can do it."

Results

FIN ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 1 20 Joey Logano Toyota GameStop 190/5 152 Running
2 5 32 Brian Vickers Toyota Dollar General 175/5 152 Running
3 16 60 Carl Edwards Ford Valvoline 170/5 152 Running
4 10 33 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Rheem Tankless Water Heaters 160/0 152 Running
5 7 88 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 160/5 152 Running
6 24 15 Michael Annett * Toyota Germain Racing 150/0 152 Running
7 18 62 Brendan Gaughan * Chevrolet 5-Hour Energy Extra Strength 146/0 152 Running
8 6 1 David Gilliland Chevrolet Miccosukee Resort & Gaming 142/0 152 Running
9 9 6 David Ragan Ford America's Tire / Discount Tire 138/0 152 Running
10 13 27 Jason Keller Ford Cottonelle / Stater Bros. 134/0 152 Running
11 22 198 Paul Menard Ford Richmond / Menards 130/0 152 Running
12 21 0 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet Saxon Group /SponsorDavis.com 127/0 152 Running
13 8 81 Mike Bliss Dodge D.H. Griffin Companies 124/0 152 Running
14 14 16 Greg Biffle Ford CitiFinancial 126/5 152 Running
15 25 01 Mike Wallace Chevrolet SponsorDavis.com 123/5 152 Running
16 3 12 Justin Allgaier * Dodge Verizon Wireless 115/0 152 Running
17 23 09 John Wes Townley * Ford Zaxby's 112/0 152 Running
18 32 23 Kevin Conway Chevrolet Extenze 109/0 152 Running
19 11 11 Trevor Bayne Toyota Ridemakerz 106/0 152 Running
20 39 234 Tony Raines Chevrolet Long John Silver's 108/5 152 Running
21 40 40 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Stop Repair Bills.com 100/0 152 Running
22 29 29 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Holiday Inn / Holiday Inn Express 97/0 152 Running
23 15 66 Steve Wallace Chevrolet US Fidelis 94/0 152 Running
24 41 28 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet U.S. Border Patrol 91/0 152 Running
26 19 183 John Borneman III Ford Twisted X Boots / Borneman Plastering 85/0 152 Running
27 36 61 Matt Carter Ford Specialty Racing 82/0 152 Running
28 12 99 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull 79/0 152 Running
29 42 24 Eric McClure Ford Hefty 76/0 152 Running
30 17 38 Jason Leffler Toyota Great Clips 73/0 148 Running
31 2 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Z-Line Designs 80/10 141 Running
32 38 26 Michael McDowell * Dodge AT&T "The Real Yellow Pages" 67/0 124 Running
33 43 89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet Lagina Plumbing / Eldora Speedway 64/0 101 Out of Race
34 20 07 Danny O'Quinn Jr. Chevrolet Dynamic Technologies / Hampton Inn 61/0 44 In Pit
35 34 49 Mark Green Chevrolet GetMoreVacations.com 58/0 42 In Pit
36 28 196 Dennis Setzer Dodge Fischer Honda 55/0 40 In Pit
37 30 87 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet NEMCO Motorsports 52/0 31 In Pit
38 37 141 Kevin Hamlin Chevrolet Circle K Thirstbuster / Fuel Doctor 49/0 9 In Pit
39 27 173 Derrike Cope Dodge Derrike Cope Inc. 46/0 7 In Pit
40 31 178 Kevin Lepage Dodge Derrike Cope Inc. 43/0 6 In Pit
41 35 91 Terry Cook * Chevrolet MSRP Motorsports 40/0 5 In Pit
42 33 90 Johnny Chapman Chevrolet MSRP Motorsports 37/0 4 In Pit
43 26 47 Chase Miller Toyota Construction Jobs.com 34/0 3 In Pit

* Denotes Rookie

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