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Logano Kicks Off Weekend With Victory In Kentucky

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Sunday, June 14 2009
Joey Logano heads back to Michigan International Speedway for today's Sprint Cup race with one checkered flag already in hand from this weekend. (RacinToday photo by David Vaughn)

Joey Logano heads back to Michigan International Speedway for today's Sprint Cup race with one checkered flag already in hand from this weekend. (RacinToday photo by David Vaughn)

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com

Joey Logano may have saved the life of the trophy which goes along with winning at Kentucky Speedway Saturday night when he passed Kyle Busch with 10 laps to go and then hung on for the Nationwide Series victory.

The victory was the second straight at Kentucky for Logano and in fact, it made him 2 for 2 at the track.

“This is cool, two for two at Kentucky – two poles and two wins,” Logano said. “That’s the perfect record here and hopefully we’ll keep that going.”

Logano will attempt to get a second NASCAR victory on Sunday when he competes in the Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway.

His Nationwide crew chief, Dave Rogers, praised Logano for putting in the extra effort in the Nationwide series’ Meijer 300 presented by Ritz.

“First, big thanks to my driver,” Rogers said. “Yesterday was optional, he could have stayed up in Michigan and made his life easier. Instead he chose to come down here and worked on our race car and dialed in and did a great job.”

Busch, who doused himself in controversy last weekend when he smashed the guitar which serves as the winner’s trophy at Nashville Superspeedway, finished second.

Once again Busch dominated a race which he was unable to win. He led at Kentucky six times for 162 laps.

“It always happens that way, we always lose at the end,” Busch said. “Our fault, we

didn’t have a good enough race car today. I told everybody I’d come here and finish second today anyways. Can’t complain much.”

He did keep expand on his points lead, however, as the driver chasing him, Carl Edwards, finished 20th.

Brad Keselowski was third and Brendan Gaughan was fourth.

Logano talked about his winning pass.

“I was sitting there during that red flag and I tried the restart before that I tried running top-side to get momentum,” he said. “It didn’t work and I killed myself. If I was there I could wait on him to make a mistake. Once I got there he just came up the back a little bit and I got a big run and got underneath him. I just had a great car and it was able to drive away.

“Once I got that clean air I knew I was going to be good. I said during the red flag, ‘you know if we get clean air we’re going to win this thing no problem.’ It makes it more fun this way to come down to the wire like that with 10 laps to go, it makes it fun.”

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Sunday, June 14 2009
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