Published on October 11th, 2009 | by Michael J Smith0
Logano Has Eventful Day; Ends In Victory Lane
Joey Logano survived early damage, took advantage of a late-race crash between leaders Denny Hamlin, who was subbing for an ill Kyle Busch, and Greg Biffle, and then held on during a green-white-checker finish to win the Copart 300 from Auto Club Speedway.
Logano suffered early damage when Biffle squeezed him, intentionally or unintentionally, into the outside wall early in the race. Watch it:
Hamlin, who got in the car at lap 39 for Busch, who had the flu, and Brad Keselowski were battling for the lead on lap 141, when Biffle got a run on Hamlin’s outside. Keselowski was inside Hamlin, and started to get loose. He let off the gas to avoid hitting Hamlin. Hamlin slid into Biffle, and then was spun into the wall. Keselowski managed to avoid the wreck thanks in part to slowing down to avoid hitting Hamlin. See the video:
On the restart, Logano, who had fresher tires than Keselowski and Carl Edwards, passed them both and drove away. He also drove away from Brian Vickers on the final restart and won the race.
Top 5: Logano, Vickers, Edwards, Kevin Harvick, and Keselowski.
Michael Annett, Brendan Gaughan, David Gilliland, David Ragan, and Jason Keller finished sixth through 10th respectively.
Notables: Paul Menard (11th), Greg Biffle (14th), Mike Wallace (15th), Justin Allgaier (16th), Clint Bowyer (22nd), Steve Wallace (23rd), Kenny Wallace (24th), Scott Speed (28th), and Kyle Busch (Denny Hamlin) (31st).
After the race, Tom Logano, Joey Logano’s father, confronted Biffle about the early race incident between Biffle and Logano. Logano’s father waited on pit road for Biffle, gesturing towards him as his car came to a stop, which led to a heated exchange on pit road.
After the incident, Tom Logano was sent to Nationwide Series director Joe Balash. He had his hard card revoked, which means he will no longer have access to restricted areas without first obtaining single-race access for each event. The hard card allows annual access. Now, Tom Logano must sign in each race, and NASCAR can deny him access if they chose to.
According to reports, Biffle said he was going to make contact before he hit Logano.