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Logano wins the Daytona 500

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Monday 23rd February, 2015 - 9:16am

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Joey Logano celebrates at Daytona

Joey Logano celebrates at Daytona

Joey Logano has held off all of NASCAR’s top stars to score his first Daytona 500 title.

Logano gave Roger Penske his second Daytona 500 win with a classy drive as he kept his #22 Ford in the lead group throughout the entire race.

The big move came with less than 10 laps to run when he was pushed into the lead by Clint Bowyer ahead of Jimmie Johnson. He then controlled things before a late caution brought a green-white-chequered finish.

On the final re-start a multicar wreck midway through the final lap forced the race to finish under caution with Logano out front.

“What an amazing moment. Wow. To win this race is just amazing,” said Logano.

“I have the best team on pit road for sure. These guys are awesome. My spotter did a great job giving me the information I need to get our front and stay out front before that last caution and be able to have a good restart there at the end.

“I knew I had the 15 behind me and Clint Bowyer was the best pusher I could find out there and was able to push me to the lead and I knew I wanted the outside to make sure he was behind me to work up there again.

“The agony is that you just – I keep looking at this trophy behind you and it is amazing. What a beauty.

“That feeling of winning the Daytona 500, I can’t explain how cool this is. I said in an interview that this was our worst race track last year and we worked really hard to figure out how we could get better at it and all the hard work got us the win today.”

The race appeared up until the final 20 laps to be in the hands of Hendrick Motorsports with pole sitter Jeff Gordon leading the most laps, while Dale Earnhardt Jr and Jimmie Johnson also had time in the lead.

In the end Gordon was involved in the final big crash when he was turned by Austin Dillon and finished 33rd. Earnhardt Jr. was third while Johnson came home in fifth.

The major casualties in the race were Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth and Brad Keselowski. Stewart spun into the fence on lap 41 of 200, in an incident that also collected Kenseth. While Keselowski had an engine let go 40 laps from home.

VIDEO: Race Highlights

VIDEO: Logano speaks after the race

 

RESULTS: Daytona 500

POS. CAR # DRIVER MANUFACTURER START LAPS LAPS LED FINAL STATUS POINTS BONUS PTS
1 22 Joey Logano Ford 5 203 31 Running 47 4
2 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 11 203 0 Running 42 0
3 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 3 203 32 Running 42 1
4 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 42 203 4 Running 41 1
5 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 2 203 39 Running 40 1
6 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet 41 203 1 Running 39 1
7 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 9 203 0 Running 37 0
8 78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet 10 203 1 Running 37 1
9 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 13 203 0 Running 35 0
10 16 Greg Biffle Ford 8 203 2 Running 35 1
11 38 David Gilliland Ford 26 203 0 Running 33 0
12 9 Sam Hornish Jr Ford 38 203 0 Running 32 0
13 46 Michael Annett Chevrolet 27 203 1 Running 32 1
14 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 30 203 0 Running 30 0
15 43 Aric Almirola Ford 33 203 0 Running 29 0
16 41 Regan Smith Chevrolet 24 203 0 Running 28 0
17 34 David Ragan Ford 28 203 0 Running 27 0
18 83 Johnny Sauter Toyota 36 203 0 Running 0 0
19 18 Matt Crafton Toyota 4 203 0 Running 25 0
20 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 40 203 1 Running 25 1
21 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 20 203 0 Running 23 0
22 35 Cole Whitt Ford 19 203 0 Running 22 0
23 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 15 203 0 Running 21 0
24 19 Carl Edwards Toyota 6 203 3 Running 21 1
25 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota 34 203 0 Running 19 0
26 32 Bobby Labonte Ford 43 203 0 Running 18 0
27 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 21 203 0 Running 17 0
28 33 Ty Dillon Chevrolet 31 203 0 Running 0 0
29 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 32 203 0 Running 15 0
30 6 Trevor Bayne Ford 37 203 0 Running 14 0
31 95 Michael McDowell Ford 23 203 0 Running 13 0
32 44 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 14 203 0 Running 12 0
33 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 1 203 87 Running 13 2
34 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 29 202 0 Accident 10 0
35 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 35 202 0 Running 9 0
36 66 Mike Wallace Toyota 16 199 0 Running 8 0
37 51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 18 197 0 Accident 7 0
38 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 22 184 0 Running 6 0
39 21 Ryan Blaney Ford 12 175 0 Engine 0 0
40 23 J.J. Yeley Toyota 25 161 1 Running 0 0
41 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 39 160 0 Engine 3 0
42 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 7 72 0 Accident 2 0
43 40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 17 18 0 Engine 0 0

 

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