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Logano Perfect In Bristol

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, April 18 2015
Joey Logano led from start to finish in Saturday's Xfinity race in Bristol. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Harold Hinson)

Joey Logano led from start to finish in Saturday’s Xfinity race in Bristol. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Harold Hinson)

Joey Logano led all 300 laps in winning Saturday’s Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

It was the first time a driver led every lap in a race since Kyle Busch accomplished the feat in winning the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond on Sept. 5, 2014.

The victory was Logano’s second of the season, his second at Bristol (and his second straight dating back to his last start at Thunder Valley in 2012) and the 23rd of his career.

“I’ve never led every single lap in a race before—what a fast Discount Tire Ford!” Logano said in Victory Lane. “Gosh, that’s amazing. You’re waiting for something to go wrong. It’s such a fast car, and with late cautions and all that stuff, you’re like ‘All right, where am I going to blow this thing?’

“Those are the ones you’re just nervous throughout the whole race—but what a fast car. (crew chief) Greg Erwin and all this team here … it was a perfect day. I can’t ask for any more out of them.”

Logano beat runner-up Daniel  Suarez by 1.172 seconds.

“At one point in that run I was thinking, ‘Man, maybe I can take it,’” said Suarez, whose finish was the highest ever by a Mexican-born driver in the XFINITY Series. “I just started thinking about the big picture, and it looked like at one point of that run that maybe for 20 laps or after 10 laps, we were a little bit faster than him (Logano).

“Later in the run we started getting a little too tight in the center, so we killed a little of the momentum off the corner, and it looked like he kept the same speed. Maybe he wasn’t super faster than us, but he was a little bit faster. Really, he had a lot of experience and he was able to pass traffic a little faster and with more confidence than me, and at that point he made a good gap between us.”

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NASCAR XFINITY Series Race – Drive to Stop Diabetes 300

Bristol Motor Speedway

Bristol, Tennessee

Saturday, April 18, 2015

 

  1. (2) Joey Logano(i), Ford, 300, $61795.
  2. (9) Daniel Suarez #, Toyota, 300, $50774.
  3. (14) Chris Buescher, Ford, 300, $43677.
  4. (1) Erik Jones(i), Toyota, 300, $44885.
  5. (16) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 300, $34701.
  6. (13) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 300, $33566.
  7. (6) Kevin Harvick(i), Chevrolet, 300, $25998.
  8. (4) Brian Scott, Chevrolet, 300, $31857.
  9. (8) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet, 300, $31635.
  10. (12) Elliott Sadler, Ford, 300, $34382.
  11. (17) Brennan Poole, Chevrolet, 300, $31080.
  12. (7) Darrell Wallace Jr. #, Ford, 300, $30979.
  13. (21) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 299, $30878.
  14. (11) John Wes Townley(i), Chevrolet, 297, $30828.
  15. (20) Jeffrey Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 297, $31152.
  16. (3) Austin Dillon(i), Chevrolet, 297, $24702.
  17. (23) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, 296, $30652.
  18. (29) David Starr, Toyota, 296, $30601.
  19. (33) Cale Conley #, Toyota, 296, $30500.
  20. (25) Mike Bliss, Toyota, 295, $30950.
  21. (24) Ryan Reed, Ford, 294, $30574.
  22. (32) Blake Koch, Toyota, 294, $30319.
  23. (22) Dakoda Armstrong, Ford, 294, $30268.
  24. (28) Todd Bodine, Chevrolet, 293, $30192.
  25. (27) Joey Gase, Chevrolet, 293, $30291.
  26. (26) Eric McClure, Toyota, 291, $30066.
  27. (18) Ross Chastain #, Chevrolet, Engine, 273, $30016.
  28. (19) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, Brakes, 268, $29940.
  29. (31) Harrison Rhodes #, Chevrolet, 260, $29889.
  30. (10) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 252, $29634.
  31. (5) Denny Hamlin(i), Toyota, 229, $23128.
  32. (35) Peyton Sellers #, Chevrolet, Electrical, 227, $28992.
  33. (15) JJ Yeley, Toyota, Accident, 206, $28876.
  34. (37) Timmy Hill(i), Toyota, Engine, 198, $28841.
  35. (39) Mike Harmon, Dodge, Suspension, 106, $22800.
  36. (38) Carlos Contreras, Chevrolet, Brakes, 60, $20646.
  37. (36) Derrike Cope, Chevrolet, Fuel Pump, 55, $19646.
  38. (30) Morgan Shepherd, Chevrolet, Brakes, 41, $18646.
  39. (34) Jeff Green, Toyota, Vibration, 28, $17646.
  40. (40) Derek White, Dodge, Electrical, 11, $16646.

Average Speed of Race Winner:  87.218 mph.

Time of Race:  01 Hrs, 50 Mins, 00 Secs.

Margin of Victory:  1.172 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  8 for 48 laps.

Lead Changes:  1 among 1 drivers.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  J. Logano(i) 1 time for 300 laps.

Top 10 in Points: C. Buescher – 258; T. Dillon – 258; C. Elliott – 246; D. Wallace Jr. # – 236; R. Reed – 220; E. Sadler – 215; B. Gaughan – 211; R. Smith – 211; B. Scott – 205; D. Suarez # – 202.

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, April 18 2015
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