One of the top NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Daytona 500 took place this past weekend at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. The race is a 500-mile-long (805 km) approximately 200 laps. The Daytona 500 is regarded as the most important and prestigious race on the NASCAR calendar, carrying by far the largest purse, Championship points awarded are equal to that of any other Sprint Cup race.
This year´s winner was the 24-year-old Joey Logano, despite all the drama leading into the season-opening race, the event itself was one of the more anticlimactic in recent years despite white-knuckle racing over the final 50 miles.
More than two years after nearly washing out of one of NASCAR’s top rides, Logano surged to the front of the sport with Sunday’s win in “The Great American Race.” The victory earned Logano an automatic berth in the championship race, and ended a rough week for NASCAR marked with multiple wrecks, the injury of a star driver and a headline-grabbing suspension.
Logano surged ahead of the pack on a two-lap sprint to the finish and had command when a wreck behind him brought out a caution that allowed him to coast to the finish line. Logano, who has spent seven years trying to live up to impossible expectations, raced to the biggest win of his career as he continued to reward Roger Penske for catapulting him into one of NASCAR’s top stars.
Nicknamed “Sliced Bread” when he broke into the Sprint Cup Series at 18 because so many predicted him to be the next big thing, Logano found himself searching for a new job after four underwhelming seasons at Joe Gibbs Racing.
Dale Earnhardt Jr., vying to become the first repeat Daytona 500 winner since Sterling Marlin in 1995, stalked the leaders late until a strategic error on a restart with 19 laps left dumped him from contention. He rallied for a third-place finish in his first race with new crew chief Greg Ives.
“We had a really fast car, maybe the best car here,” Earnhardt said.
Here is a quick review on Logano´s achievements:
‘Sliced Bread’ Works Wonders
Joey Logano is the second driver to win the Daytona 500 before his 25th birthday. Only Trevor Bayne was younger at the time of his victory.
|2011||Trevor Bayne||20 (1)|
|2015||Joey Logano||24 (274)|
|1997||Jeff Gordon||25 (196)|
|1964||Richard Petty||26 (236)|
|1967||Mario Andretti||26 (353)|
Check out these interesting videos on Logano´s Daytona win at Daytona International Speedway and other car racing news: http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2015/2/22/2015-daytona-500-results-recap-joey-logano-winner.html
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