Joey Logano Leads Wire-To-Wire For NASCAR XFINITY Series Win At Bristol Motor Speedway

Joey Logano Leads Wire-To-Wire For NASCAR XFINITY Series Win At Bristol Motor Speedway

by April 18, 2015 0 comments

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BRISTOL, Tenn. – Joey Logano led every lap in the Drive To Stop Diabetes 300 on Saturday to claim victory in the NASCAR XFINITY Series at Bristol Motor Speedway.

No driver in NASCAR XFINITY Series history has ever led all 300 laps at Bristol Motor Speedway before. The win is Logano’s second of the season. He also won at Phoenix International Raceway back in March.

“I’ve never led every single lap in a race before,” Logano said. “What a fast Discount Tire Ford. Gosh, that’s amazing. You’re waiting for something to go wrong. Such a fast car and with late cautions and all that stuff and you’re like, ‘Alright, where am I gonna blow this thing?’ Because those are the ones that you’re just nervous throughout the whole race, but what a fast car. Greg Erwin and all this team here, it was a perfect day. I can’t ask for anything more out of them.”

Finishing second was rookie, Daniel Suarez. He’s a driver who made his way up through the NASCAR Mexico Series and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. Suarez started ninth and was able to bring home his best career finish in the series. Suarez became the highest finishing Mexican-born driver in NASCAR national series history.

“I just can’t believe it,” Suarez said. “I can’t explain to you in words right now what I’m feeling in Spanish or English. I can’t thank enough my team – Joe Gibbs Racing, ARRIS, Toyota and everyone who makes this possible. This is unbelievable, this feeling. We work hard and sometimes it’s hard like last weekend in Texas – we were strong and hit the wall and finished 18th. Today we were fast all day long and we ended up in the second spot so that’s great.”

Roush Fenway Racing’s Chris Buescher started 14th and battled his way through the pack to finish third. So far this season, Buescher has four top-five and five top-10 finishes. He is now tied with Austin Dillon for the championship points lead.

“That was a lot of fun,” Buescher said. “That was the best we’ve run at Bristol since I’ve been doing this the last four or five attempts here, so it was a good day for us. The guys did a good job. It was tough today. The line moved up, especially those last 30 laps. I think it moved up all the way up to the fence and just made it really hard to pass there at the end. It was kind of unfortunate, but track position was a big key here today. We were able to stretch it on a set of tires there somewhere close to the halfway point and really made a good run out of it, so it’s a big gain. We’re tied for the points lead, which is pretty cool.”

Trailing Chris Buescher and Ty Dillon in the points is defending series champion, Chase Elliott who is 12 points back. Darrell Wallace Jr. is fourth, 22 point back from the leaders, and Ryan Reed rounds out the top-five, 38 points back.

The NASCAR XFINITY Series will visit Richmond International Raceway on Friday, April 24 for the ToyotaCare 250. The live will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and the Motor Racing Network (MRN) at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Drive To Stop Diabetes 300 Results:
1.) #22 Joey Logano
2.) #18 Daniel Suarez
3.) #60 Chris Buescher
4.) #20 Erik Jones
5.) #3 Ty Dillon
6.) #9 Chase Elliott
7.) #88 Kevin Harvick
8.) #2 Brian Scott
9.) #62 Brendan Gaughan
10.) #1 Elliott Sadler
11.) #42 Brennan Poole
12.) #6 Darrell Wallace Jr.
13.) #51 Jeremy Clements
14.) #25 John Wes Townley
15.) #55 Jeffrey Earnhardt
16.) #33 Austin Dillon
17.) #39 Ryan Sieg
18.) #44 David Starr
19.) #14 Cale Conley
20.) #19 Mike Bliss
21.) #16 Ryan Reed
22.) #8 Blake Koch
23.) #43 Dakoda Armstrong
24.) #90 Todd Bodine
25.) #52 Joey Gase
26.) #24 Eric McClure
27.) #4 Ross Chastain
28.) #01 Landon Cassill
29.) #0 Harrison Rhodes
30.) #7 Regan Smith
31.) #54 Denny Hamlin
32.) #97 Peyton Sellers
33.) #28 JJ Yeley
34.) #13 Timmy Hill
35.) #74 Mike Harmon
36.) #15 Carlos Contreras
37.) #70 Derrike Cope
38.) #89 Morgan Shepherd
39.) #10 Jeff Green
40.) #40 Derek White

NASCAR XFINITY Series Top-10 Point Standings:
1.) #60 Chris Buescher
2.) #3 Ty Dillon
3.) #9 Chase Elliott -12
4.) #6 Darrell Wallace Jr. -22
5.) #16 Ryan Reed -38
6.) #1 Elliott Sadler -43
7.) #62 Brendan Gaughan -47
8.) #7 Regan Smith -47
9.) #2 Brian Scott -53
10.) #19 Daniel Suarez -56

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

Follow Hunter Thomas on Twitter by following, @HunterThomas08

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