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Joey Logano scored his first Daytona 500!

Logano was ahead of the field in an overtime finish when caution came out on the white flag lap and he was declared the winner of the 57th running of “The Great American Race.”

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

“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 racetrack 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. It feels just like the way you dream it. This is better than Disney World in here!”

It was Logano’s ninth career Sprint Cup Series win and team owner Roger Penske’s second Daytona 500 victory.

Defending Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick was on Logano’s bumper when the race ended and settled for second.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., who was strong all day but was shuffled back in the field in the overtime and was not able to challenge for the lead, did race his way back to a third-place finish.

Denny Hamlin and Jimmie Johnson rounded out the top five.

Casey Mears, Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr., Kasey Kahne and Greg Biffle completed the first 10 finishers.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series now heads to Atlanta Motor Speedway next Sunday afternoon.

How Logano won: The Team Penske driver was able to get away from the field on an overtime restart and watched in his rear view mirror while the field tried in vein to catch him. Logano was racing through turn three with Harvick right on his tail but when a multi-car accident broke out behind the leaders NASCAR threw the caution flag effectively ending the race and Logano had his first career 500 victory.

What else happened: The race was rather clean by recent Budweiser Speedweeks standards and featured much more three and sometimes four wide racing than the multi-car accidents that punctuated Friday night’s Truck Series race and Saturday’s XFINITY Series opener. Once the halfway mark was reach the intensity level ratcheted up and with 30 laps to go a tight pack of three-wide rows raced lap after lap until Justin Allgaier’s accident brought out the last caution to set up the overtime finish.

Who else had a good day: Mears was nearly out of the Daytona 500 on Thursday when he blew an engine in his Budweiser Duel qualifying race. But he was able to secure a berth in the race after all and parlayed that opportunity into a sixth place finish on Sunday…..Martin Truex Jr. was strong all week and again on Sunday at one point running in the second place in the closing laps. He slid back in the overtime finish but was able to come home with a seventh place performance….Roush Fenway Racing finished 1-2 in Saturday’s XFINITY Series race and Greg Biffle got the team’s Sprint Cup effort off on a solid foot with a 10th-place finish.

Who had a bad day: Tony Stewart is now 0 for 17 in Daytona 500s after he was involved in a lap 42 accident with Matt Kenseth, Ryan Blaney and Michael Waltrip. Stewart’s Chevy slammed the wall and broke a steering spindle and he went to the garage for repairs effectively ending his day at Daytona….Brad Keselowski was running 13th when he had an engine let go to knock him out of the race and give the Team Penske driver his third DNF in six career Daytona 500 starts……Ryan Blaney’s first start in “The Great American Race” didn’t end well when he also had an engine let loose on lap 175.

Quote of the day: "I'll take the blame for that one. 100% my fault. It started getting tighter, but we didn't have a problem elsewhere," Tony Stewart on his early race accident.

Notables: David Gilliland gave Front Row Motorsports an 11th place finish…..Sam Hornish Jr. made his debut with Richard Petty Motorsports and finished 12th…..Michael Annett began his HScott Motorsports career with a 13th-place performance.

 

 

 

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