Joey Logano, the young gun who stormed the NASCAR stage as teenager, has won the 57th running of the Daytona 500. He is 25 years old
A hectic final few laps at the Daytona track ensued as nearly all of the 43-car field barreled around the 2.5-mile superspeedway, running three-wide, livening up what some spectators called a tranquil start to the first race of the season. For the first three-quarters of the race, the track was not plagued by numerous crashes and yellow flags as previous runnings of the Daytona 500.
Justin Allgaier wrecked and sent himself out with just three laps in the race, setting up a two-lap sprint to the checked flag. The race was restarted after the black flag with Logano in the lead, followed closely by two of the biggest names in NASCAR, Denny Hamlin and Jimmie Johnson. After a great punch on the throttle, Logano sprinted towards the finish line, holding off Kevin Harvick and Dale Earnhardt Jr., before a sizeable wreck sent out the caution flag on the final lap.
By Alex Lemieux
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