15-year old Logano wins South Georgia 250
Sunday, March 12, 2006 @ 09:17 AM EST
Contributed by: Admin
CECIL – Youth prevailed Saturday in the second annual Hooters Pro Cup Series South Georgia 250 on a beautiful night at SGMP.
Joey Logano, a 15-year old, drove his No. 51 Joe Gibbs Performance Racing Oil Chevy Monte Carlo to victory.
“We’re gonna get it done,” said Logano after the race. “We are gonna race hard and finish every lap.”Twelve lead changes and what seemed like a million yellow flags had the fans on their feet all night. Logano crossed the checkered on lap 259, nine laps over because of a late caution.
It was Logano’s second career win, and it came in his first time ever racing at SGMP.
Unofficially, Shane Wallace, Benny Gordon, Chase Pistone, and Shelby Howard rounded out the top five.
Clay Rogers had the pole and was in contention most of the night until a mental lapse on lap 90. Rogers received a black flag after a forced pit, then went three more laps which gave him a six lap penalty.
Points leader Mardy Lindley battled back and forth with Rogers for the first 50 laps, but would not see the top five again until lap 128. Lindley started second, but had trouble finding the leaders of the pack at the end of the race.
Shane Huffman, last year’s winner, took the lead on lap 137, but late trouble kept him out of contention.
A three-car wreck on lap 164 gave Logano his first lead of the evening. On lap 184, as the train rolled by in the background, Logano took an eight car length lead on Lindley and looked to be on pace for the victory.
Lindley fought back, and on lap 205, he took the lead after a restart. Seven laps later, Logano made a move on the backstretch to regain first place.
On lap 229, Jody Lavender hit Lindley coming into turn three, and was given a black flag for aggressive driving. It also forced Lindley to pit. Logano, with his right front bumper damaged from an earlier bump, was cruising on the lap 233 restart and looked to be in for the win.
He would have to wait.
After the white flag came out on lap 249, rookie Mike Hampton spun out in turn two, which brought out the caution. There is no checkered caution in the Hooters Cup, so that meant the race would come down to a green, white, checkered, two-lap finish.
The restart came on lap 255, and Shane Wallace looked to make a move. After Logano took off, Wallace spun his tires, and that was it. Logano cruised by two car lengths for the victory.
The race was also covered by Speed Channel and can be seen on Wednesday evening.
On Sunday, drag racers will drive in the ESTN at South Georgia Motorsports park. The event is being called the largest testing event in the history of drag racing. Gates open at 9 a.m.