Logano prevails ... again

-A A +A
By Brian Blair

While many 19 year olds probably don’t think too much about history, Joey Logano was making history of his own Saturday night in Sparta.

A crowd of 70,000 turned out Saturday to take in the “Meijer 300 Presented by Ritz” and were not disappointed.

Joey Logano passed Kyle Busch with nine laps to go and went on to pick up his second-straight win at the track. With the win, the 19-year-old became the first driver to repeat as the winner of the Nationwide Series race.

Logano may want to hold every race at the Kentucky Speedway.

“Two poles, two wins, a perfect record here, it’s pretty cool. I am going to want to have every type of race here,” Logano said.

Earlier in the day, the rising star also became the first two-time pole winner as he drove the fastest lap during qualifying. In capturing the pole, Logano also edged out Busch who seemed poised to capture the pole after posting a lap time of 30.884 seconds.

For Busch, that was just the beginning of his disappointment on the night.

The #18 car seemed dominant for much of the race leading 162 of the 200 laps. Had it not been for an accident late in the race, Busch may have been the winner.

With 15-laps remaining, Mike Bliss wrecked right on the start/finish line and forced the race to be red flagged. The restart was all Logano needed to finally overtake Busch and take the checkered flag.

“I had the run and he (Busch) slipped up a little bit,” Logano said.

Brad Keselowski finished in third while Brendan Gaughan placed fourth.

While Keselowski would have liked the win, he was pleased with his effort.

“All in all, it was a decent night,” Keselowski said.

Among those impressed by Logano’s performance was his crew chief, Dave Rogers, who gave all the credit to his young driver.

Rogers said Logano could have stayed in Michigan Saturday where he was getting ready for the Nextel Cup Series race held there Sunday. Instead he flew back to Kentucky and won.

“This is great for (team owner) Joe Gibbs Racing. I like those one-two finishes,” Rogers said.

The next race at the track will be July 18 when the Speedway hosts the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The race will begin at 7 p.m.


• With the second-place finish, Busch remains the series championship leader and now has four wins, eight top-five and 11 top-10 finishes in 14 starts during the 2009 season.

• Past winner Carl Edwards had a disappointing night Saturday. After qualifying in the 10th position the 2005 champion finished 20th.

• The race featured 16 lead changes among seven drivers and eight cautions for 31 laps.