Lucky Dog: Rookie Joey Logano Captures Wins in New Hampshire

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Lucky Dog: Rookie Joey Logano Captures Wins in New Hampshire
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"I guess we'd rather be lucky than good right now."

In his No. 20 Home Depot Toyota, in his 20th NASCAR Sprint Cup start, and a year short of his 20th birthday, Joey Logano won his first—ever race during the rain-shortened Lenox Industrial Tools 301.

Starting 24th, Logano gave Joe Gibbs Racing its fourth win at New Hampshire, and became the second driver this year to collect his first win in a rain-shortened event.

He's also the second driver to win his first-ever Cup race in the June Loudon race, after Ryan Newman did it all the way back in 2002.

In 2002, Joey was 12.

The win, though, didn't come without hardships. Logano narrowly avoided New Hampshire's version of the "big one" on lap 175 when Kyle Busch ran into the back of Martin Truex, Jr. during the restart.

The wreck also collected Kevin Harvick, David Reutimann, Casey Mears, Jeff Burton, Brian Vickers, David Ragan and Jamie McMurray.

He still couldn't avoid a flat tire on lap 183.  

"I don't know what to say right now," the 19-year-old Middletown, Conn., native said.

"I never thought I'd win here. We had the same opportunity to do this at Charlotte, and we didn't do it," he said. "This is a dream come true. This is the best racetrack this could happen at."

Logano said winning just three hours from his hometown made his first win "that much more special."

The rain-shortened race also helped Reutimann and the No. 00 Aaron's team, who finished fourth after also not pitting before the rains came. Adding to his top ten count was Sam Hornish, Jr. who finished eighth.

Kasey Kahne, last week's winner at Sonoma, backed up his win with a 10th-place finish.

His Richard Petty Motorsports teammate Reed Sorenson, who ran consistently in the top ten all weekend in practice, finished 17th.

"I apologize to all the guys who got damage in that melee there, that's not how it was supposed to happen," seventh-place Kyle Busch said, speaking of the lap 175 wreck that damaged nine cars.

Busch also went on to say he believed Dale Earnhardt Jr. spun his tires.

"It's a super day for me," Hornish said. He went on to say his team "wanted to run longer" but had a great finish compared to last season, where they finished four laps down.

Championship leader Tony Stewart is now 69 points ahead of Jeff Gordon.

Denny Hamlin, who finished 15th, traded points positions with 29th place Ryan Newman, as did seventh—and—18th-place finishers Kyle Busch and Greg Biffle.

Kahne is just one point behind 12th place in the Chase (Juan Pablo Montoya).

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