Logano Proves Phenom Title Is Deserved by Penny Aicardi
Wins At NHIS On Green-White-Checkered Finish

“I had a real good day,” Logano said after the race. “We started on the pole, led a few laps in the beginning, and then got stuck back there in traffic a little bit after our pit stop. It got pretty hairy back there for a while for sure. We’d got three or four wide sometimes. I just tried to get through there without wrecking, and then the cautions at the end – there were a lot of them. I was just able to get that last restart there and drive away.”

It seems that Logano does a lot of that. But this time, it wasn’t as easy as it has been in the past. Eight-time NHIS winner Brad Leighton jumped the start on the lap 124 restart, but gave the position back to Logano before the two came around to the line.

“That’s the second time I got jumped on the restart so I wasn’t really sure what was going to happen,” Logano said. “The first time (NASCAR) didn’t call nothing, but the second time they did. They looked at it and said that was not going to fly, so we were fortunate there. The restart line was up a little bit further than that and I wasn’t going to go until there. I’m lucky that NASCAR saw that.”

Leighton, who led 48 laps of the event, admitted that Logano had the better car on the longer run.

“I got a jump there’s no doubt,” said Leighton.  “Joey had a better car, a quicker car once we got three or four laps into it. Last year, I was leading the race here and I was told I jumped the restart and I elected not to let the guy back by me and we all know what happened then. After a few victories here I’ve probably learned my lesson, and second is better than 42nd. That’s how I saw it.”

“Anyway, I wouldn’t have wanted to win it that way,” he continued. “Joey had a heck of a day, and we had a heck of a weekend so we’ll get another shot at it.”
Joey Logano ended his first trip to race at NHIS in victory lane.  (Jim DuPont Photo)
Joey Logano continues to prove over and over again why experts are so high on his talent behind the wheel. The 17-year-old racing phenom had never seen New Hampshire International Speedway before pulling through the infield tunnel Thursday afternoon, but after setting the pole in qualifying, Logano backed it up with a convincing win on a green-white-checkered finish in the New England 125. The victory was Logano’s third Busch East Series win this year and extended his point lead to 100 over defending champ Mike Olsen.
Leighton pitted earlier than Logano in hopes that the strategy would pay off with a victory. As the race hit the 100-lap mark, it appeared his gamble would pay off. Leighton was untouchable. But no one could count out the fast-approaching Logano, who got stuck in the middle of the pack after his pit stop at lap 49.

“Cautions were coming out at the wrong time. My spotter and my crew chief kept me calmed down. We really had a tremendous car. It’s the car that won Iowa and Phoenix, so that car is undefeated this year. You just have got to run with what you’ve got. You can’t control the cautions out on the track. You can only control what you are doing in the car,” he said.
Logano’s patience soon ran out, and at lap 94, Logano, tired of waiting for a battle in front of him to play out, found a hole and grabbed it. He went four-wide moving right up to second before the caution came out. NASCAR goes back to the last lap scored, and Logano was moved back to fourth for the restart at lap 101.

“I think I scared myself. My spotter said four-wide and we were lucky we made it through there,” he said.

But Logano easily slipped back up to second on the following restart. When the green dropped, Logano went side-by-side with Leighton into turn one and drove ahead out of turn two. Once in the clean air, Logano easily put five car lengths over the rest of the field.

Logano never relinquished the lead after that, and earned bonus points for leading more than any other driver with 61 laps under his control.
Logano (#20) and Leighton (#55) go wheel-to-wheel late in the race.  (Jim DuPont Photo)
Leighton, who has won eight times at the ‘Magic Mile’, was happy with his second place finish – his best showing since 2005.
“I’ve had eight victories here and the ninth one seems to be coming really, really tough. It’s going to get tougher. There’s a huge amount of talent in this series and a lot of resources. Essentially, that’s what the series needed. It’s not the old Busch North Series by any means. It’s a pretty impressive line-up they’ve got here. I’m just happy to be an old man up here finishing second.”

Tim Schendel posted his career-best Busch East Series finish with a third. The driver, who is expecting to become a first-time father any day now, put a string of bad luck behind him with the podium finish.

“Once I got up to about seventh, it got really, really racy. We were always door-to-door with somebody and the Gibbs cars, the Hendrick car, and all those guys were really good. We had to just race them and try to outsmart them a little bit. I used the outside to my advantage. It seemed my car could get a really good run up off the corner on the outside so I kept doing that,” he said.

The Busch East Series is off over the holiday weekend and will return to action at Thompson International Speedway on July 14th.

NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series
New England 125 Results
Friday, June 29th
At New Hampshire International Speedway
Loudon, N.H.
Lap length: 1.058 miles
(Start position in parentheses)
1. (1) Joey Logano, Middletown, Conn., Chevrolet, 126 laps, 66.149 mph, $14,600.
2. (11) Brad Leighton, Center Harbor, N.H., Chevrolet, 126, $9,300.
3. (26) Tim Schendel, Sparta, Wisc., Dodge, 126, $8,300.
4. (6) Landon Cassill, Charlotte, NC, Chevrolet, 126, $6,800.
5. (14) Brian Hoar, Williston, Vt., Dodge, 126, $5,900.
6. (13) Matt Kobyluck, Uncasville, Conn., Chevrolet, 126, $5,300.
7. (24) James Buescher, Plano, Tex., Chevrolet, 126, $5,000.
8. (18) Ruben Pardo, Mexico City, Mex., Dodge, 126, $4,500.
9. (4) Peyton Sellers, Danville, Va., Chevrolet, 126, $4,000.
10. (25) Jamie Hayes, Norlina, N.C., Chevrolet, 126, $3,600.
11. (16) Mike Olsen, North Haverhill, N.H., Chevrolet, 126, $3,800.
12. (3) Josh Wise, Riverside, Calif., Dodge, 126, $3,100.
13. (23) Michelle Theriault, Bristol, Conn., Chevrolet, 126, $3,000.
14. (22) Jeff Anton, Russell, Mass., Chevrolet, 126, $2,900.
15. (42) Jeffrey Earnhardt, Mooresville, N.C., Chevrolet, 126, $3,800.
16. (29) Joe Masessa, Franklin Lakes, N.J., Chevrolet, 126, $2,673.
17. (27) Michael Gallo, Sanford, Maine, Ford, 126, $2,650.
18. (30) John Salemi, Nashua, N.H., Chevrolet, 126, $2,625.
19. (34) Scott Bouley, Wolcott, Conn., Chevrolet, 126, $2,600.
20. (8) John Freeman, Huntersville, N.C., Chevrolet, 126, $2,575.
21. (35) James Pritchard, Jr., Wharton, NJ, Chevrolet, 126, $2,550.
22. (41) Dion Ciccarelli, Severn, Md., Chevrolet, 126, $2,525.
23. (19) Jesus Hernandez, Fresno, Calif., Chevrolet, 126, $2,500.
24. (2) Sean Caisse, Pelham, N.H., Chevrolet, 126, $2,475.
25. (39) Patrick Dupree, Saranac Lake, N.Y., Dodge, 125, $2,450.
26. (38) Mike Johnson, Salisbury, Mass., Ford, 123, $2,425.
27. (28) Max Dumarey, Gent, Belgium, Chevrolet, 121, $2,400.
28. (10) Marc Davis, Mitchelville, Md., Chevrolet, 120, accident, $2,400.
29. (17) Kelly Moore, Scaeborough, Maine, Chevrolet, 120, accident, $2,400.
30. (36) Todd Peck, Glenville, Pa., Chevrolet, 118, accident, $2,400.
31. (37) Garrett Liberty, Jonesboro, Ga., Chevrolet, 110, accident, $2,400.
32. (15) Chase Austin, Eudora, Kan., Dodge, 104, accident, $2,400.
33. (32) German Quiroga, Mexico City, Mex., Dodge, 103, accident, $2,400.
34. (33) Jonathan Smith, Beacon Falls, Conn., Chevrolet, 94, accident, $2,400.
35. (21) Ryan Seaman, Toms River, NJ, Chevrolet, 68, accident, $2,400.
36. (12) Tim McCreadie, Watertown, N.Y., Chevrolet, 68, accident, $2,400.
37. (40) Jeremy Clark, Concord, NC, Chevrolet, 66, radiator, $0.
38. (20) Eric Holmes, Salida, Calif., Chevrolet, 56, accident, $0.
39. (31) Glenn Sullivan, Westbury, NY, Chevrolet, 51, suspension, $0.
40. (9) Bryon Chew, Mattituck, N.Y., Chevrolet, 31, engine, $0.
41. (7) Eddie MacDonald, Rowley, Mass., Chevrolet, 28, suspension, $0.
42. (43) A.J. Lane, Carleton, Mich., Ford, 24, handling, $0.
43. (5) Rogelio Lopez, Aquascalientes, Mexico, Chevrolet, 15, fire, $0.

Race Statistics
Time of Race: 2 hours 0 minutes 55 seconds
Margin of Victory: .430 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: Joey Logano, (125.294 mph, 30.399 seconds)
Lap leaders: Logano 61, Leighton 48, Holmes 7, Buescher 6, Sellers 4. 9 changes among 4 drivers.
Cautions: 10 for 64 laps.
Top 10 points: 1. Logano, 984; 2. Olsen, 884; 3. Sellers, 864; 4. Kobyluck, 855; 5. Hayes, 795; 6. Lopez, 771; 7. Hernandez, 764; 8. Anton, 761; 9. Chew, 760; 10. Earnhardt, 759.

There were plenty of reasons for the caution flag to fly at NHIS. (Top - Jamie Williams Photo, Bottom - Jim DuPont Photo)