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Logano Becomes Youngest Winner In NASCAR history

in Nationwide Series
Sunday, June 15, 2008

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Joey Logano hoists the winner’s trophy at Kentucky Speedway as Tony Jones, Cincinnati Market Director for Meijer, looks on.
Padraic Major for NASCAR
Everybody knew Joey Logano would win in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. It was just a matter of how quickly he could get it done.

In only his third career start, Logano answered that question Saturday night in the Meijer 300 at Kentucky Speedway, becoming the youngest driver to win in NASCAR Nationwide Series history at 18 years and 21 days.

"It's definitely awesome," Logano said. "We didn't unload this morning the way we wanted to. (Crew chief) Dave (Rogers) and the guys never gave up. They worked hard on it and changed everything. That last pit stop we got it about right. Overall, it was a pretty good night."

Kentucky has now produced three straight first-time winners and eight different race winners in as many races.

Logano won the pole for the 300-miler, his second in as many weeks, and led 76 of the 200 laps, second only to Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch. Busch led a race-high 85 laps.

Logano took the lead from Busch on Lap 147, passing him on the outside of Turn 4. On Lap 164, Busch's charge to reclaim the position ended after he lost control of his Toyota on the backstretch, spinning and slamming the outside retaining wall.

Busch started the event 43rd after flying into Kentucky following the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race in Michigan. He slid into the lead for the first time on Lap 40.

Following Busch's wreck, the race was Logano's to lose. With the race running green flag to the finish thereafter, Logano crossed the finish line 2.259 seconds over second place Scott Wimmer.

"It was unfortunate to see Kyle hit the fence there," Logano said. "The whole last 20 laps I was praying it would go green."

The win was the 10th overall on the season for Joe Gibbs Racing and the seventh for the No. 20 team, with four different drivers, led by Rogers.

"When you are in good equipment, you are going to run well," Wimmer said. "Joey is a great driver. The 20 car has been the class of the Nationwide Series all year long. We need to do our homework."

"Three starts, two poles, one win. He's okay," Rogers said of young Logano with a smile.

Mike Wallace picked up a position to finish third at the finish after Jason Leffler lost a tire on the last lap. Leffler finished 16th.

Nashville winner Brad Keselowski and rookie Bryan Clauson finished fourth and fifth. Clauson who turns 19 on Sunday, notched his career-best finish. Keselowski is now second in the point standings behind leader Clint Bowyer.

Marcos Ambrose, David Ragan, Mike Bliss, Bowyer and Jason Keller rounded out the top 10.

Race attendance was a track-record 73,195. It was the eighth straight sellout at the facility in which Speedway Motorsports Inc. agreed to purchase earlier this year.

Results

FIN

ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 1 20 Joey Logano Toyota GameStop 190/5 200 Running
2 9 29 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Holiday Inn / Holiday Inn Express 175/5 200 Running
3 16 7 Mike Wallace Toyota GEICO 165/0 200 Running
4 13 88 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet U.S. Navy 160/0 200 Running
5 6 40 Bryan Clauson * Dodge Fastenal 155/0 200 Running
6 3 59 Marcos Ambrose Ford STP 155/5 200 Running
7 26 6 David Ragan Ford Discount Tire 146/0 200 Running
8 15 1 Mike Bliss Chevrolet Miccosukee Resort & Gaming 142/0 200 Running
9 25 2 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Camping World/ RVs.com 138/0 200 Running
10 2 111 Jason Keller Chevrolet America's Incredible Pizza Company 139/5 200 Running
11 8 5 Landon Cassill * Chevrolet Nat'l Guard / 2-138th Field Artillery Brigade 130/0 200 Running
12 4 64 David Stremme Chevrolet Atreus Homes & Communities 127/0 200 Running
13 14 99 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 129/5 200 Running
14 17 32 James Buescher Toyota Deft Coating / Fraternal Order of Eagles 121/0 200 Running
15 5 27 Brad Coleman Ford Cottonelle / Meijer 118/0 200 Running
16 10 38 Jason Leffler Toyota Great Clips 115/0 200 Running
17 24 66 Steve Wallace Chevrolet Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches 112/0 199 Running
18 12 33 Cale Gale * Chevrolet RoadLoans.com 109/0 199 Running
19 11 47 Kelly Bires Ford Clorox 106/0 199 Running
20 30 60 Carl Edwards Ford CitiFinancial 103/0 198 Running
21 20 25 Bobby Hamilton Jr. Ford John Morrell / Curly's 100/0 198 Running
22 18 170 Mark Green Chevrolet Foretravel Motorcoach 97/0 198 Running
23 19 99 Josh Wise Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 99/5 198 Running
24 31 161 Kevin Lepage Ford Long John Silver's 91/0 198 Running
25 29 30 Stanton Barrett Chevrolet GrandStay.net 93/5 198 Running
26 34 81 D.J. Kennington Dodge Mahindra Tractors / NPPL 85/0 196 Running
27 38 52 Brad Teague Chevrolet Means Racing 82/0 189 Running
28 41 24 Eric McClure Chevrolet Hefty 79/0 188 Running
29 32 28 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet U.S. Border Patrol 76/0 169 Running
30 7 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Farm Bureau Insurance 83/10 163 In Pit
31 35 4 Derrike Cope Chevrolet JVC Everio 70/0 97 In Pit
32 23 37 Burney Lamar Ford Baker Curb Racing 67/0 52 Out of Race
33 28 102 Andy Ponstein Chevrolet Stott Classic Racing 64/0 41 In Pit
34 43 331 Kenny Hendrick Chevrolet GrandStay.net 61/0 31 In Pit
35 36 292 Brian Keselowski * Dodge K Automotive Performance 58/0 31 In Pit
36 37 90 Johnny Chapman Chevrolet MSRP Motorsports 55/0 23 In Pit
37 27 149 Kertus Davis Chevrolet Jay Robinson Inc. 52/0 23 In Pit
38 21 91 Justin Hobgood Chevrolet MSRP Motorsports 49/0 19 In Pit
39 39 9 Chase Miller * Dodge Auto Value / Bumper to Bumper 46/0 11 In Pit
40 40 01 Dwayne Leik Chevrolet SponsorDavis.com 43/0 6 Out of Race
41 22 173 Larry Gunselman Dodge Derrike Cope Inc. 40/0 5 In Pit
42 33 0 Danny Efland Chevrolet SponsorDavis.com 37/0 0 In Pit
43 42 89 Morgan Shepherd Dodge Victory In Jesus 34/0 0 In Pit

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