(WOMR file photo)
Joey Logano passed Jeff Gordon for the lead on the final lap of the first attempt at a green-white-checkered restart, and went on to win Monday’s rain-delayed Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. Logano’s victory makes for seven different winners in the first seven races of the 2014 season!
The victory was the first of the season for Team Penske’s Logano, and the fourth (4) of his career. Logano is the youngest Sprint Cup Series race winner ever at Texas at 23 years, 10 months, and 13 days old. Logano beat the old record set by Ryan Newman in 2003 who was 25 years, 3 months, 22 days old. This gave him four top-five finishes in the first seven races of the 2014 season.
Logano led 108 laps in getting the victory, and marked the sixth time in seven races that he has led laps. The victory came after a green/white/checkered restart and made him the seventh different winner of the season.
“I felt very confident about this race,” Logano said. “For some reason I told Todd Gordon I said, ‘We’re gonna win this week,’ and I was mad when we didn’t get the pole, but I felt like we had a car that could win this thing today. At the beginning we didn’t, and then Todd and the guys made good adjustments and had good stops all day. And that one longer run I came through and was able to drive up to fifth and get some cautions to be able to get our track position up towards the front. Clean air means everything, so, heck yeah.”
Logano appeared to have the race won late in the race as he had a comfortable lead with two laps to go. However, a minor scrape with the wall by Kurt Busch that spewed pieces and parts onto the track brought out the yellow to set up a green/white/checkered restart.
Logano, who took four tires during the pit stop after the Busch yellow, restarted second. But when the race went green he stayed with Gordon and then managed the pass on the final lap.
“That was a great battle,” Gordon said. “At one point I thought we had a shot at it. We got a pretty good restart. Joey was right on me and I was pretty loose in one and two, and I wish I had gone a little bit higher in three and four. But, he got that run off of four and he got in the back of me, and I thought I was going to wreck, so at that point I was like second would be good.”
The pass and victory represented a bit of justice as Logano had dominated the late going on Monday.
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