DAYTONA, Fla (FNN SPORTS) – Joey Logano emerged from a wild last lap Sunday to win the Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway in the first NASCAR competition of the year on the famed 2.5-mile tri-oval.
Logano, the 2015 DAYTONA 500 champion, inherited the lead in Turn 2 of Lap 75 when last year’s DAYTONA 500 champion Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski crashed while Hamlin was leading. Keselowski made a move to the inside and Hamlin blocked – unsuccessfully. Logano swept wide around the trouble and brought the No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford home to the victory in the annual non-points all-star event for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
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“Brad had a run and he had to make the move and Denny had to make the block,” Logano said. “I was able to see that the block was too late. I immediately moved to the top because I could see they were going to crash. We were basically in the right place at the right time.”
Kyle Busch nipped Alex Bowman in a door-banging battle for second place, with Danica Patrick – who started the last lap in 10th place – closing fast to finish fourth. For Patrick, it was her best NASCAR result since she finished eighth in the 2013 DAYTONA 500, the year she started on the pole. It also was the best finish by a female driver in NASCAR competition at Daytona International Speedway.
The Advance Auto Parts Clash started at 11:35 Sunday morning after being postponed Saturday night due to rain. The event lived up to its action-packed tradition with five incidents interspersed through the 75 laps that were divided into 25- and 50-lap segments. Two of the incidents involved the reigning Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion, Jimmie Johnson, who lost control of his iconic No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet twice entering the frontstretch. The first time, on Lap 17, Johnson hit the No. 41 Ford of Kurt Busch, ending Busch’s day. The second time, Johnson hit the inside wall, ending his own run.