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Logano wins Meijer 300

Jun 15, 2008 - 5:37 AM SPARTA, Kentucky (Ticker) -- Joey Logano made history.

The 18-year-old Logano won his first career NASCAR Nationwide Series race, taking the checkered flag in the Meijer 300 at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday.

In a Toyota Camry, Logano averaged 135.51 miles per hour to become the youngest driver to win a race on the Nationwide circuit.

After collecting his second pole in just his third career NASCAR race earlier in the day, the Middletown, Connecticut native led for a total of 76 laps to surpass Casey Atwood by nine months as the youngest racer to earn a trip into Victory Lane.

"I expected to win here, I expected to win in Dover," Logano said. "I have to win races. (Losing) is not even an option."

One day before Fathers' Day, Logano gave his dad a pretty sweet gift.

"I was wondering what I was going to get for my dad," Logano said. "This should work for sure."

The young phenom, who qualified first but settled for a 31st-place finish in last Saturday's Federated Auto Parts 300, also finished sixth in his first NASCAR Nationwide Series start at Dover two weeks ago. He becomes the eighth different winner in eight Nationwide races held at this track, as well as the third consecutive first-time winner here.

The reigning NASCAR Camping World East Series champion who began his career in quarter midget racers at age seven, Logano signed a contract on his birthday with Joe Gibbs Racing on May 24 to appear in 18 events on

the Nationwide Series.

Scott Wimmer, who won the Pepsi 300 in March, was second in Chevrolet Monte Carlo followed by the Toyota of Mike Wallace. It was Wallace's first top-five finish in two years.

Brad Keselowski, who won last week's Federated Auto Parts 300, came in fourth in a Chevy, while rookie Bryan Clauson, who turns 19 on Sunday, collected the first top-five finish of his career.

Clint Bowyer, who entered this race at the top of the official driver's standings, was ninth in a Chevy.

Kyle Busch, who has won four times on the circuit this season, spun and crashed into the wall on lap 163 to finish in 30th place.

"I don't know what exactly happened," Busch said. "I got loose and hit the wall I guess."

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