Joey Logano had Victory Lane on his mind as the Daytona 500 was in the homestretch. But a last-lap crash dashed the NASCAR racer’s dreams.
The major mashup allowed long-shot Michael McDowell to capture the checkered flag. His victory happened early Monday morning at Daytona International Speedway after a day filled with wrecks, rain delays, and upset TV viewers.
For his part, Logano, who finished in 12th place, said the end of the race was “pandemonium, I guess.”
Joey Logano Said It Seemed Like Drivers Collided In 1 Spot
“Chaos struck,” Logano said. “(Brad Keselowski) kept trying to back up, trying to get a run.
“I was trying to back up to him to keep the runs from being too big and just, I guess he got to the back of (McDowell).
“It ended up being a really big run coming at me and it seemed like we all just collided in one spot,” Logano said.
“It’s a real bummer that none of the Penske cars won, but at least a Ford won and I’m really happy for McDowell,” he said. “I hate that we didn’t win with our Shell/Pennzoil Mustang.
“I feel like we had a great shot being where we were and leading on the last lap, but if we couldn’t win I’m really happy to see McDowell win this thing,” Logano said. “He’s a great guy, a great person, a good leader in life and has helped me a lot in my life, so it’s very cool to see him win the Daytona 500.”
Chase Elliott finished second, Austin Dillon took third, and Kevin Harvick finished fourth in the Daytona 500. Denny Hamlin was fifth, Ross Chastain was seventh, and Corey LaJoie took ninth. Kyle Larson finished in 10th place. Keselowski was behind Logano in 13th place.
Logano Teammate Brad Keselowski Not Happy With Finish
If you couldn’t tell while watching him on video or even in pictures, Brad Keselowski was one mad NASCAR driver. Keselowski, who races on the same team with Joey Lagano, was looking to take the lead on that last lap.
It did not work out at all.
According to an article by NBCSports.com, Keselowski was basically trying to pass Logano. The cars made contact, sending Keselowski right into the Daytona track wall. It also put him in the way of Kyle Busch. A wreck ensued and other drivers were involved, too.
“I had a big run down the backstretch,” Keselowski said. “Went to make the pass to win the Daytona 500, and it ended up really bad. Don’t feel like I made a mistake, but I can’t drive everyone else’s car. Frustrating.”
Keselowski, with a win, would have been the second active NASCAR driver to win all four of the sports “crown jewels.” The Daytona 500, Southern 500, Brickyard 500, and Coca-Cola 500 make up the impressive list.