Saturday, July 2, 2011
Nationwide - Busch Pushes Logano to Daytona Win
Joey Logano got a big push from his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch to win Friday night's Subway Jalapeno 250 at Daytona International Speedway. Logano held off a late charge by Jason Leffler to win by 0.040 seconds.
Logano started at the rear of the field after his crew made unapproved modifications to his car before the race. He was turned early in the race by teammate Brian Scott as they tried to go below the yellow line to pass the slower car of Kevin LaPage, but somehow saved it. Logano didn't lead in the race until the final half-mile.
It was Logano's ninth career Nationwide Series win, his first of the season and his first at Daytona.
As Logano crossed the stripe, the Big One unfolded behind him. Mike Wallace ran Danica Patrick up into the wall. She bounced back down into the pack, triggering an eight-car crash.
Reed Sorenson finished third and collected the first of four $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonuses Nationwide is giving away this season. Busch was fourth, followed by Justin Allgaier and Michael Annett. Kenny Wallace took seventh place going through the infield grass. The wrecked cars of Elliott Sadler, Aric Almirola and Patrick made it across the line to round out the Top Ten. (Race results)
On Lap 44, Eric McClure was turned hard into the wall by Mike Bliss. McClure walked away from the wreck, but was taken to the infield care center, then to a local hospital for further evaluation.
The top eleven spots in the series points standings stayed the same, but Sorenson extended his lead to nine points over Sadler. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (-31) is third, followed by Allgaier (-37) and Leffler (-73).