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.
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.
They said it
“I can’t believe it .It’s absolutely amazing. Daytona 500. Oh my God!” – Joey Logano, race winner.
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.
Radio: Performance Raning Network.
Three tweets from Saturday’s race: