Logano takes maiden Nationwide win

NASCAR teenage sensation Joey Logano claimed his maiden Nationwide Series victory at just his third attempt, winning the Meijer 300 at Kentucky Speedway and becoming the youngest winner ever in series history

Logano takes maiden Nationwide win

The 18-year-old had claimed his second pole position in the series earlier on Saturday and then led from the green flag challenged only by his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Sprint Cup points leader Kyle Busch, who ended up wrecking while trying to keep up with him.

"I tell you what, this is amazing," said an excited Logano. "We unloaded not where we wanted to and no-one gave up. We worked really hard and got a win out of this thing. That's pretty awesome."

"[Kyle Busch] went by me early in the race and I said 'Wow, we need this thing turning a lot better'. We worked on it and worked on it and got it there on that last pitstop. We were a little free but Kyle was a little free too.

"I got by him and then looked at my mirror and saw a bunch of smoke and said 'Oh boy, what happened there?' But I thought my car was good that I think we could have won either way. It was pretty dominant tonight. I was really excited."

Busch's spin put an early end to what was tuning out to be a great battle for victory between NASCAR's present and future.

He had started the race from the back of the grid after Jeremy Clements practiced and qualified his car but it only took him forty laps to get to the lead, passing Logano on the inside of turn one.

Later on lap 147, Logano retook the lead by passing Busch on the outside of turn four, pulling away from his teammate, who then fought back to challenge him once again, only to spin at turn two with 37 laps remaining.

Scott Wimmer finished the race second after beating Jason Leffler in the closing laps. Leffler had run a solid third but a punctured tyre a few laps from the end dropped him down the order to 14th by the chequered flag.

Mike Wallace was third followed by Brad Keselowski, who is translating his consistency into a serious threat for the title as he moved up to second in the points as the only Nationwide Series regular in the top-six of the championship.

Chip Ganassi Racing's Bryan Clauson claimed his best result of the season with a fifth-place finish, racing the No. 40 car usually driven by Dario Franchitti. The result is also the best for his team thus far this year.

Championship leader Clint Bowyer finished a quiet ninth and sees his lead reduced to a still healthy 170 points over Keselowski.

Pos  Driver              Make       Laps
 1.  Joey Logano         Toyota      200
 2.  Scott Wimmer        Chevrolet   200
 3.  Mike Wallace        Toyota      200
 4.  Brad Keselowski     Chevrolet   200
 5.  Bryan Clauson       Dodge       200
 6.  Marcos Ambrose      Ford        200
 7.  David Ragan         Ford        200
 8.  Mike Bliss          Chevrolet   200
 9.  Clint Bowyer        Chevrolet   200
10.  Jason Keller        Chevrolet   200
11.  Landon Cassill      Chevrolet   200
12.  David Stremme       Chevrolet   200
13.  David Reutimann     Toyota      200
14.  James Buescher      Toyota      200
15.  Brad Coleman        Ford        200
16.  Jason Leffler       Toyota      200
17.  Steve Wallace       Chevrolet   199
18.  Cale Gale           Chevrolet   199
19.  Kelly Bires         Ford        199
20.  Carl Edwards        Ford        198
21.  Bobby Hamilton Jr   Ford        198
22.  Mark Green          Chevrolet   198
23.  Josh Wise           Toyota      198
24.  Kevin Lepage        Ford        198
25.  Stanton Barrett     Chevrolet   198
26.  D.J. Kennington     Dodge       196
27.  Brad Teague         Chevrolet   189
28.  Eric McClure        Chevrolet   188
29.  Kenny Wallace       Chevrolet   169
30.  Kyle Busch          Toyota      163
31.  Derrike Cope        Chevrolet    97
32.  Burney Lamar        Ford         52
33.  Andy Ponstein       Chevrolet    41
34.  Kenny Hendrick      Chevrolet    31
35.  Brian Keselowski    Dodge        31
36.  Johnny Chapman      Chevrolet    23
37.  Kertus Davis        Chevrolet    23
38.  Justin Hobgood      Chevrolet    19
39.  Chase Miller        Dodge        11
40.  Dwayne Leik         Chevrolet     6
41.  Larry Gunselman     Dodge         5
42.  Danny Efland        Chevrolet     0
43.  Morgan Shepherd     Dodge         0
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