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Logano Again Beats Busch Late

Nick Bromberg | Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Saturday, October 3 2009
Joey Logano came home with the wheel and the trophy Saturday at Kansas. (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Joey Logano came home with the wheel and the trophy Saturday at Kansas. (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR)

By Nick Bromberg | Senior Correspondent
RacinToday.com

Kansas City, Kan. – It seemed certain throughout that a Joe Gibbs Racing car was going to end up in Victory Lane after the Kansas Lottery 300.

Yet, the car that went to Victory Lane at Kansas Speedway wasn’t the one that dominated the race.

Joey Logano passed Kyle Busch on lap 198 after a restart on lap 195 of the 200-lap race, and beat Busch to the checkered flag by a little more than a half of a second.

“That wasn’t really expected by the end of that race, you know? When I was sitting third, I was like ‘well, I’m going to give it all I’ve got but I’m not sure I have enough,’ and just kept pushing and pushing,” Logano said.

Logano wasn’t the only one who thought Busch was going to win as Busch led five times for 173 laps.

But once again, Busch was beaten late in a Nationwide race.

“I knew he started working the top side in order to start to get some momentum built up and he was better up there,” Busch said. “I didn’t feel like I needed to go up there, I felt like could beat him on the bottom. I felt I could hold him off but he got a good run through three and four and got up to my outside before I could shut the door on him and he got by me. As soon as he broke the plane it was over.

“I’ve only done that about 12 times this year so it ain’t the first time and it certainly ain’t going to be the last time.”

Not only was Busch beaten late in the race, he was beaten late in the race by Logano. In all four of Logano’s wins this season, Busch has finished second. And in those four, Logano has passed him for the lead in the final 25 laps.

The only time Logano hasn’t had to beat Busch for the win was his first Nationwide series victory in Kentucky last year.

“Four out of five? That’s interesting to me. I’d never think that. After that last pit stop we came out and I was chasing the car everywhere and I was like ‘whoa, she’s loose,’ so I’m like “this is going to be good, this is a good thing’,” Logano said.

Logano was tight for most of the day, so on the final pit stop on lap 137, crew chief Dave Rogers loosened Logano up considerably. That was evident when Logano attempted to pass Busch on the low side on lap 196 and the car snapped loose, forcing him to get out of the gas.

“That was all I had, I knew I wasn’t going to get him on the bottom. I just got real aero-tight all day. I couldn’t pass on the bottom. I started working the top and driving my guts out for everything it was worth. I was driving my brains out and it was fun,” Logano said.

All wasn’t lost for Busch, however. He extended his points lead over Carl Edwards to 245 points, thanks to Edwards’ seventh place finish.

And he also broke Sam Ard’s record for the most laps led in a season. In 1984, Ard led 2127 laps in 29 races, and Busch topped that record on lap 94. Through 29 races this season, Busch now has 2226 laps led, and will all but certainly add to that figure before the end of the season.

Nick Bromberg | Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Saturday, October 3 2009
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