Published on June 29th, 2009 | by Michael J Smith1
Logano Wins Lenox Industrial Tools 301
Joey Logano used pit strategy to win a rain-shortened Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, earning his first career Sprint Cup victory.
Logano became the youngest winner in Cup series history at 19 years, one month, and four days, nearly one year sooner than the previous record holder, Kyle Busch.
Top 5: Logano, Jeff Gordon, Kurt Busch, David Reutimann, and Tony Stewart.
Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Sam Hornish Jr, Jimmie Johnson, and Kasey Kahne rounded out the top 10.
Notables: Juan Montoya (12th), Dale Earnhardt Jr (13th), Mark Martin (14th), Denny Hamlin (15th), Greg Biffle (18th), Carl Edwards (19th), Clint Bowyer (20th), Matt Kenseth (22nd), Ryan Newman (29th), Jeff Burton (31st), Kevin Harvick (34th), Brian Vickers (35th), and Martin Truex Jr (37th).
Give a call to John Andretti who was not in the top 20 most of the day, but used strategy to earn a 16th place finish.
On a restart with about 125 laps to go, Dale Earnhardt Jr, who was running third, spun his tires and did not get going. Martin Truex Jr had to check up and made minor contact with him. Kyle Busch, who was running behind Truex, moved to the outside to avoid Truex and Earnhardt. Juan Montoya was on the outside, forcing Busch to stick his nose in the middle.
As Busch’s nose got to Truex’s right, rear quarter panel, Truex moved up, and was hooked by Busch, sending him spinning. Truex slid down the track, and was hit by Jeff Burton. Several cars were involved.
Truex blamed Busch because he thought Busch was too aggressive and tried to pass him before the start-finish line, even though the rules forbid it. As Busch came back around as the field was under caution, Truex gestured as if he was going to throw his helmet, but he did not throw it. After the race, Busch apologized.
While I thought Busch was a little aggressive with the move, I can’t say it was his fault. He moved to the outside to avoid slower cars, but he couldn’t give them much room because Montoya was there. This, I think, should be chalked up to one of those racing deals.