LOGANO ROLLS TO NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES "MEIJER 300 PRESENTED BY OREO" VICTORY SPARTA, Ky. -- Joe Gibbs Racing rookie Joey Logano became the eighth different NASCAR Nationwide Series race winner at Kentucky Speedway tonight in front of a ...
LOGANO ROLLS TO NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES "MEIJER 300 PRESENTED BY OREO" VICTORY
SPARTA, Ky. -- Joe Gibbs Racing rookie Joey Logano became the eighth different NASCAR Nationwide Series race winner at Kentucky Speedway tonight in front of a track-record sellout crowd of 73,195 assembled for the "Meijer 300 Presented by Oreo."
The Middletown, Conn., driver known as "Sliced Bread" became the youngest victor in series history at age 18 years and 21 days as well as the third straight first-time series winner at the track after guiding his No. 20 GameStop Toyota across the finish line a series track-record 2.259 seconds ahead of Scott Wimmer in the No. 29 Holiday Inn Chevrolet.
"It's unbelievable. I've got to thank all the guys here and all the fans. I couldn't think of a better Father's Day gift, that's for sure. I was wondering what I was going to give my dad, I think this will work.
"I didn't think we had the car today. When I unloaded for practice I said, 'shoot, we'll be lucky to get a top five out this deal tonight.' We got it going, got it going and got the pole. It was too tight and Kyle got by us. We freed it up and got by Kyle then he got loose and hit the fence.
"How 'bout this team? It's frickin' amazing," Logano said.
Mike Wallace took third in the No. 7 Geico Toyota, Brad Keselowski posted his second straight top-five finish by taking fourth in the No. 88 Navy Chevrolet and Bryan Clauson closed out the top-five in the No. 40 Fastenal Dodge.
Logano led the race five times for a total of 76 laps. He took the lead for the first time on Lap 54 and the final time on Lap 147 when the nip-and-tuck-battle he was in with teammate Kyle Busch at the front of the field ended with Busch's No. 18 Farm Bureau Insurance Toyota spinning out and making contact with the Turn 2 wall on Lap 165.
Busch, who finished seventh in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway earlier this afternoon, ended the race in 30th. He was forced to start tonight's event at the rear of the field because back-up Jeremy Clements qualified and practiced the car throughout the day at Kentucky Speedway. Busch led the race four times for a race-high 85 laps and slipped from second to fifth in the series standings.
Wimmer snared his second top-five and sixth top-10 finish of the season in his ninth start.
"I thought the racing was great tonight. It's a great racetrack and it's great to see 73,000 people in the stands for a Nationwide Series race.
"The No. 20 has been the class of the Nationwide Series all year long and the No. 18 looked like it was real good tonight. We just need to do our homework. We can beat those guys, we can beat whoever's driving it. We just need to get a little bit better. We took a big step toward that tonight, we just have a little more work to do," Wimmer said.
Wallace moved from ninth to eighth in the standings with his first top-five and sixth top-10 finish of the season. Keselowski moved to second in the series standings following his fifth top-five and eighth top-10 finish of the season while Clauson delivered his first top-five and second top-10 finish in his 11th start of the campaign. He advanced three spots in the standings to 26th.
Clint Bowyer retained the lead in the series standings with a ninth-place finish that marked this 13th top-10 showing of the season. He will hold a 170-point lead over Keselowski when the series resumes action at the Milwaukee Mile June 21.