October 4, 2009
That horrific crash certainly didn't slow Joey Logano down.
Logano passed points leader Kyle Busch with three laps left Saturday at Kansas Speedway, pulling out his fourth Nationwide victory just a week after the crash.
Logano flipped his car seven times at Dover last week, but showed no signs of fear in Kansas, overcoming a bobble with six laps left before passing Busch for the victory.
Busch led 173 of the 200 laps on the 1.5-mile oval and has led 2,226 laps this season, breaking the season series record of 2,127 set by Sam Ard in 1984. But Busch didn't have enough to hold off Logano, who came back to beat him in the final 10 laps for the fourth time this season.
Busch has finished second in all four of Logano's wins this season.
Brad Keselowski finished third.
Busch appeared to have the strongest car all day, taking the lead from pole sitter Parker Kligerman at the start/finish line on Lap 9 and losing it only twice during cautions in the first 196 laps.
Logano, who started seventh, stayed on Busch's bumper most of the day and appeared to lose his best chance to pass coming out of a caution in the closing laps. Trying to pass Busch on the inside, Logano nearly lost control of his car and had to back off, dropping in behind Busch.
The 19-year-old quickly made up the lost ground and got Busch two laps later, racing past him on the inside to pull out victory just six days after a horrific-looking wreck that left him feeling shaky.
Busch leads Carl Edwards by 245 points with six races left. Edwards finished seventh.
Kligerman had a rough first Nationwide race after what had been an incredible start to the weekend.
The 19-year-old raced to his eighth ARCA victory of the season Thursday, moving with 15 points of series leader Justin Lofton. Kligerman then became the 10th driver in series history to win the pole in his first Nationwide start despite having never run a practice lap before this weekend.
The race was a bit of a struggle.
Kligerman, a developmental driver for Penske Racing, lost the lead to Busch early on and kept dropping through the field, falling to 21st after 60 laps. He made a small rally from there and finished 16th.