Logano prevails in wild Nationwide race at Daytona|
Daytona Beach, FL (Sports Network) - Joey Logano bounced back from an early-
race spin and then got a friendly push from teammate Kyle Busch on the final
lap to win Friday's Subway Jalapeno 250 Nationwide Series race at Daytona
Logano forced the first caution on lap 26 when he blew a tire and spun around
on the backstretch, which put him back to the rear of the field. He ran in the
sixth spot when the white flag was displayed for the final lap, but Busch
pushed Logano to the front, darting past Elliott Sadler for the lead in the
He led only the final lap.
Logano then survived a multi-car crash along the frontstretch on the final
lap. Mike Wallace bumped into Danica Patrick and put her into the wall, which
triggered the melee. Tony Stewart, Jamie McMurray, Steve Wallace and Aric
Almirola were also involved in the incident.
"It looked like Mike Wallace was struggling," Patrick said. "He was kind of
high and then started drifting low. All of the sudden, he came up high in
front of me, and there was just nowhere to go."
Logano crossed the finish line 0.04 seconds ahead of series regular Jason
Leffler for his first Nationwide win of the season and the ninth of his
career. Logano had normally been the one who pushed the winning driver at
Daytona. This time, he was the one being pushed to victory.
"I got to thank Kyle for pushing me," Logano said. "It's nice to be on the
other side of the fence. Usually, I'm the pusher and finish second every time.
To be on the other side and get the win here, it's great."
Reed Sorenson, last weekend's race winner at Road America, finished third and
collected a $100,000 bonus from series title sponsor Nationwide Insurance.
Sorenson was the highest finisher among those eligible for the Nationwide
"Dash 4 Cash" award.
"At the end, I didn't know where I was going, but I trusted Jason [Leffler],
and I owe everything to him," Sorenson said. "He came back and got me when I
was stuck all by myself for 20 or 30 laps."
Busch ended up finishing fourth, while Justin Allgaier took the fifth spot.
Michael Annett placed sixth, followed by Kenny Wallace and Sadler, who led the
most laps with 31. Almirola settled for ninth.
Patrick, who led a Nationwide career-high 13 laps and was strong contender to
win in the closing laps, wound up finishing 10th.
The 250-mile race featured a track-record 36 lead changes among 13 drivers.
There were six cautions, including one for a hard crash involving Eric McClure
on lap 44. McClure slammed head on into the wall after Mike Bliss got into the
back of him.
McClure walked away from the crash, but had to be transported to a nearby
hospital for further evaluation.
07/01 23:17:08 ET