Sunday, October 11, 2009
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FONTANA, Calif. - Joey Logano avoided a late-race collision and held off Brian Vickers to win the NASCAR Nationwide Copart 300 on Saturday at Auto Club Speedway for his fifth series victory of the season and second in two weeks.
The 19-year-old Logano started on the pole, but fell well back after an incident with Greg Biffle early in the race. Logano steadily worked his way back to front and caught a break when Biffle and Denny Hamlin collided with less than 10 laps to go.
Logano took the lead following a caution with two laps to go, then pulled away from Vickers. The win proved to be sweet vindication for Logano, who figured he had a top-20 car at best after a scrape with Biffle sent him into the wall.
Instead, Logano found himself in the perfect spot after Biffle, Hamlin and Brad Keselowski got mixed up running three-wide out of Turn Four.
Logano moved up then pounced after another late caution set up a green-white-checker finish. He roared to the front after the restart and simply had too much for Vickers.
'You don't want to get me mad,' Logano said. 'I just race harder.'