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Logano Emerges With NNS Win

| , RacinToday.com Friday, July 1 2011

Joey Logano beats Jason Leffler to the finish line at Daytona on Friday night. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Harold Hinson)

Joey Logano stayed ahead of a last-lap big wreck and was handed the victory in the Subway Jalapeno 250 Nationwide Series at Daytona International Speedway on Friday night.

The victory was the first of the season for Logano.

“It just feels good to be on this side of it,” Logano said. “Usually, I’m in second – the last few times. This is Daytona. I’m pumped up right now.  It’s so cool.

“Got to thank Kyle (Busch) obviously, for pushing me. It’s nice to be on the other side of the fence. Usually, I’m the ‘pusher’ and finish second every time.  So, to be on the other side here and get the win, man, this is great.”

Jason Leffler was second and  Reed Sorenson was third.

Kyle Busch, who was pushing Logano the final laps, was fourth.

Justin Allgaier was fifth.

Rounding out the top 10 were Michael Annett, Kenny Wallace, Elliott Sadler, Aric Almirola and Danica Patrick.

The final restart of the the race – which, of course, featured the type of tandem racing

Elliott Sadler, Aric Almirola and Danica Patrick crash on the final lap of Friday's Nationwide Series race at Daytona. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Harold Hinson)

which plate track are now producing – came with seven laps to go and with Sadler and Tony Stewart on the front row.

With five laps to go, Patrick was pushed to the lead by Aric Almirola, her teammate.

With four laps to go, Stewart pushed Sadler back to the lead.

Heading into Turn 1 on  the final lap, Michael Annett took the lead but was quickly passed Logano, who was being pushed by Busch.

Shortly after that, a big wreck occurred back in the pack and the victory was Logano’s.

“Coming down there at the end there,” Logano said, “watching the mirror, I was like, ‘Man, I’ve never been in this position before.  Usually, I’m the guy second.’  And, was watching Kyle in the mirror.  And, saw him go high — had to block him high.  I know he was really looking out for the other two car group coming up behind us there.”

| , RacinToday.com Friday, July 1 2011
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