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Joey Logano wins first Daytona 500

Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, takes the checkered flag to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 57th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 22, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, takes the checkered flag to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 57th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 22, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Getty Images

Joey Logano held off a fast-approaching Kevin Harvick and claimed the victory in Sunday’s Daytona 500 when a caution was displayed for a multi-car wreck on the final lap.

On the restart of a two-lap overtime, Harvick quickly made his way from sixth two second and in position to challenge for the win before NASCAR was forced to throw a caution for the wreck.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished third, Denny Hamlin was fourth and Jimmie Johnson was fifth.

Turning point

The pack spent much of the final 20 laps running three-wide but a wreck between Justin Allgaier and Ty Dillon on Lap 198 of the scheduled 200 sent the race into a two-lap overtime.

Three who mattered

Joey Logano: Coming off his best Cup season, Logano picked up where he left off winning his first Daytona 500 and all-but ensuring himself a spot in the championship Chase.

Kevin Harvick: The reigning Cup series champion put himself in position for a second Daytona 500 victory. Had the race remained under green, Harvick may have had a chance.

Martin Truex Jr.: Truex had a dismal first season with Furniture Row Racing last year but ran well the entire Speedweeks and finished eighth.

Observations

<bullet> Ford Performance teams made a clean sweep of the three NASCAR national series season openers with Tyler Reddick winning the Truck race, Ryan Reed winning the Xfinity race and Logano winning the 500.

<bullet> Jeff Gordon’s final Daytona 500 of his career ended poorly as he got caught up in the last-lap wreck that brought out the final caution.

<bullet> Brian Vickers, who underwent a second open-heart surgery in the offseason, was at the track Sunday and said he was feeling great and ready for his return to the Cup series, which is planned in two weeks at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

They said it

“I can’t believe it .It’s absolutely amazing. Daytona 500. Oh my God!” – Joey Logano, race winner.

Next race

Folds of Honor 500

Where: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Ga.

Track type: 1.54-mile quad-oval.

Race distance: 325 laps, or 501 miless.

When: 1 p.m. Sunday.

TV: Fox

Radio: Performance Raning Network.

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