TALLADEGA, Ala. — Joey Logano got the best of Kyle Busch heading to the checkered flag to win Saturday’s Aaron’s 312 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Talladega Superspeedway.
On the second attempt at a green-white-checkered finish following a massive crash that involved eight cars and sent Eric McClure by helicopter to the University of Alabama Birmingham hospital, Logano helped Busch hold off the two-car tandem of Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Cole Whitt and then pulled out at the last second and beat Busch to the checkered flag by a mere .034 seconds.
“Last lap pass you just had to do it at the right time,” said Logano. “Kyle knew it was coming. It is cool to win restrictor plate races. You never know what is going to happen.”
Logano had finished second three straight years at Talladega’s 2.66-mile superspeedway and nabbed his second victory of the season. It was Logano’s 11th career Nationwide Series triumph.
Busch finished second while Stenhouse, Whitt and Dale Earnhardt Jr. completed the top five.
Stenhouse took the point lead by a mere five points over Elliott Sadler who finished 10th.
On the first attempt at green-white-checkered, Kevin Harvick was tagged from behind and turned sideways, triggering a massive crash that sent McClure hard into the inside SAFER barrier. The race was red flag while McClure, who was awake and alert, was cut from the car.
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