ES: Loudon: Race report

LOUDON, N.H. -- Brad Leighton has won nine times at New Hampshire International Speedway. The only thing that came between him and No. 10 Friday was rookie phenom Joey Logano. Logano, the 17-year-old Joe Gibbs Racing development driver, ...

LOUDON, N.H. -- Brad Leighton has won nine times at New Hampshire International Speedway.

The only thing that came between him and No. 10 Friday was rookie phenom Joey Logano.

Logano, the 17-year-old Joe Gibbs Racing development driver, beat Leighton on a green-white-checkered finish for his fourth Grand National Division victory in eight starts. His third Busch East win of the season gives him a 100-point lead over defending series champion and second-place Mike Olsen.

Logano won the pole Thursday and led four times in Friday's race for 61 laps. He took the lead on lap 110 and quickly put more than a half second between him and Leighton. A pair of cautions -- the last on lap 121 -- erased that lead and forced the race into overtime. On the final restart, NASCAR officials ruled Leighton jumped the start and black-flagged him. Rather than risk the disqualification, Leighton relinquished the spot to Logano and settled for second.

Tim Schendel, who started 26th, finished third. Landon Cassill, a Hendrick Motorsports development driver making his second Busch East start, was fourth and Brian Hoar finished fifth.

Matt Kobyluck, James Buescher, Ruben Pardo, Peyton Sellers and Jamie Hayes rounded out the top 10. Logano has 984 points. Olsen, who finished 11th, has 884 and Sellers has 864.

The Busch East races at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway Saturday, July 14.

-credit: nascar

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Matt Kobyluck , Landon Cassill , Tim Schendel , Peyton Sellers , Joey Logano , Rubén Pardo , James Buescher
Teams Hendrick Motorsports , Joe Gibbs Racing