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Joey Logano makes history in New Hampshire

Shawn Courchesne, The Hartford Courant Los Angeles Times 28.06.2009 19:08
Joey Logano celebrates after winning a rain-shortened race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday.

Joey Logano celebrates after winning a rain-shortened race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday.


Logano, 19, becomes the youngest winner in NASCAR Cup history with rain-aided victory at Loudon, N.H.



Reporting from Loudon, N.H. -- A 7-year-old stood in his father's garage in October 1997 and sent a message to one of the best drivers in NASCAR history.

Already a national quarter midget champion, Joey Logano broke his usual silence by dropping a cocksure prediction about his future in racing.

He promised that someday he would be Jeff Gordon's worst nightmare.

Sunday was that day.

Logano and his Joe Gibbs Racing team rolled the dice on fuel and weather and hit the jackpot when the rookie was declared the winner of the rain-shortened Sprint Cup Lenox Industrial Tools 301 before 101,000. Gordon, a four-time Cup champion, was second and Kurt Busch was third.

The race was called after 273 of 301 laps. Logano, who turned 19 on May 24, became the youngest winner in the 61-year history of Cup racing.

Gordon was one of the first drivers to congratulate Logano. While Logano sat in his car on pit road as rain fell, Gordon offered his congratulations even though NASCAR had yet to call the race.

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