Saturday, October 17th, 2009

Logano Wins Copart 300

October 15, 2009 by Warren Hayashi  
Filed under Racing

NASCAR Nationwide Series races are often survival of the fittest affairs that are won by the racer who is able to survive the carnage on the track and come out on the other side with a car that’s still in tact and able to finish. Joey Logano was fortunate enough to survive the carnage on the track of the Auto Club Speedway Saturday in the Copart 300 and come out the other side of the adrenalin ride in one piece. Starting from the pole Logano was able to rally from being put into the wall by Greg Biffle while Biffle was trying to pass for the lead in the race. Surviving his meeting with the wall was Logano’s best feat of the night and one let him make it to a point in the race where he had a chance to win. His car was still in good enough condition to be able to pull away from runner up Brian Vickers during a restart on Lap 151 of 152. The quick work of his team in patching his No. 20 Toyota together is testament to his team. It allowed him to grab his second consecutive Nationwide Series victory, fifth of the 2009 Nationwide Series season and sixth of his short NASCAR career.

Joey holds off the field to win the Copart 300 Nationwide Series race

Joey holds off the field to win the Copart 300 Nationwide Series race

The Nationwide Series leader, Kyle Busch, had a bad day all around as he had to bring in a substitute driver on Lap 39 as he was fighting the flu and couldn’t continue. His substitute driver Denny Hamlin didn’t have any better luck as he collided with Greg Biffle coming off of Turn 4 on Lap 141 and had to leave the race with a car that couldn’t continue to race.

The racer just behind Kyle Busch in the Nationwide Series standings, Carl Edwards, finished third and moved to within 155 points of Kyle Busch, while Brad Keselowski finished fifth in the Copart 300 and moved to within 227 points of Kyle Busch in the race for the Nationwide Series title.

Controversy is swirling around the rumour mill about NASCAR analysing Greg Biffle’s radio conversations during the race. The contention is that he was actually silly enough to mention that he might put the No. 20 car into the wall when he got a chance. Unfortunately, according to sources, this was a lap before actually doing so. This all could be a coincidence or just rumour, but they’re looking into it, so there must be something in the story.

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