Joey Logano Wins 2015 Daytona 500

Joey Logano (24) is the second-youngest driver to win the 500.


Joey Logano took home the first win of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season, winning the 2015 Daytona 500 in exciting fashion. The Team Penske driver led the final 25 laps, and held off late surges from Kevin Harvick (2nd) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (3rd) to win his first ever 500. Virginia's Denny Hamlin and Jimmie Johnson rounded out the top-5. 

Three-wide racing for the lead, and for eight rows worth of positions behind, defined the closing 20 laps of the 2015 Daytona 500, producing some of the most exciting battles in recent memory.

Joey Logano got a shove from Clint Bowyer to send him past Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin with nine laps to go, and Logano held on to the lead through a late caution and a green-white-checkered restart to take home his first Harley Earl Trophy.

“I can’t believe this. I don't even know what I should be saying right now,” Logano said in Victory Lane. “This is better than Disney World.”

Logano, who is the defending TOYOTA OWNERS 400 winner, got the shove from Bowyer and was firmly in control before Justin Allgaier crashed on the frontstretch with three laps left that brought the caution, and a seven-minute long red flag out for the cleanup.

On the ensuing green-white-checkered restart, defending Sprint Cup Champion Kevin Harvick and Bowyer gave Logano a push on the outside lane above Hamlin and Johnson. Logano was able to get out in front and his lead would not be challenged again.

The race ended under caution when Austin Dillon got into the back of Jeff Gordon’s car and sent Gordon spinning after a four-wide attempt in the middle of the pack the white-flag-lap on the backstretch. Numerous cars were collected in the wreck that ended the race because the leader had taken the white flag before the caution flew.

Gordon, the pole sitter, had gotten shuffled back in the pack after dominating in the first half of the race, with a race- and career-high 87 laps led at Daytona. He went on to finish 33rd.

The No. 24’s early dominance was backed up by Hendrick teammates Johnson and Earnhardt Jr., with Kasey Kahne also making strong moves up front early in the race.

Johnson led 39 laps and Earnhardt Jr. led 32 laps.

Tony Stewart also looked to have a strong car early on, but got into the wall on lap 41, which also collected Matt Kenseth and Michael Waltrip. Engine failures for Ryan Blaney and Brad Keselowski, which also resulted in Jamie McMurray and Ryan Newman sustaining damage after encountering the oil from Keselowski’s engine, ended solid runs for them.

Logano is the second youngest Daytona 500 winner at 24-years-old, with Trevor Bayne being the youngest (20). It is Logano’s ninth career win and first on a restrictor plate track and continues his hot streak after his banner year in 2014, which resulted in making the Championship 4 of the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

The 2015 Daytona 500 set a record for green flag passes with 12,677, besting the record that was set last season at Daytona.

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