A Super Star in the Making at Kentucky

Samuel SicaAnalyst IJune 14, 2008


The Nationwide Series headed to Kentucky Motor Speedway to celebrate Father’s Day this weekend.

It proved to be a historic night at Kentucky as the speedway set a new track record of over 73,000 fans attending the race. Kentucky Motor Speedway has also been in the news this week in NASCAR due to its owner wanting a Sprint Cup event held there next year. Kentucky really is a nice track, in my opinion, but NASCAR has said that they will not grant a spot on the 2009 schedule for a race at Kentucky.

Qualifying at Kentucky was also historic because of the 18 year old Joey Logano winning the pole for the second straight week in only his third start in the Nationwide Series. Nationwide Series veteran Jason Keller was also very impressive in qualifying by setting the second fastest speed.

As the race began there were two quick caution flags in the first 12 laps of the race.

One was for Kenny Wallace not getting up to speed at the start of the race and the other was for a crash by Chase Miller in turn two after getting loose under Steve Wallace.

Logano led the field down for the restart on lap 17 but unfortunately for him, he spun the tires on acceleration that allowed Jason Keller to get a run and pass him for the lead.

Keller would lead the race until lap 40 when Kyle Busch passed him after starting the race back in the rear of the field.

It only took Busch 40 laps to get to the front and it looked like he was going to run away from the field once again and earn his fifth win of the season.

Busch continued to stretch his lead just before green flag pit stops started around lap 52.Busch came in for service on lap 54 that gave the lead back to Logano.

During the cycle of green flag stops Marcos Ambros and Josh Wise each took turns leading the race before coming down pit road for their scheduled stops. Busch took the lead back after pit stops cycled through on lap 72.

Busch continued to lead the field when a caution came out for debris on lap 80. All the leaders would come down pit road with Scott Wimmer taking fuel only and winning the race off pit road.

The caution flag ended up hurting a lot of drivers since only 16 cars were shown on the lead lap.

On the restart, Busch quick disposed of Wimmer and continued to stretch his lead once again. Busch remained the leader as the race stayed green for almost 60 laps before a caution came out for debris with just 66 laps to go. The leaders would all pit again with Busch holding serve as the leader.

Shortly after the restart Logano passed Busch with 53 laps remaining. Busch now was trying to play catch up and may have pushed the issue a little too far.

Busch ended up getting loose in turn two crashing his car which brought out the fifth and final caution flag of the night. Busch was considering racing for the championship in the Nationwide Series this season but after the wreck Busch told a reporter that he would not be in the race next week in Milwaukee.

It has proved to be either feast or famine this year for Kyle Busch in the Nationwide Series. It seems like he either wins or he crashes. He has four wins on the season already but he also has five DNF’s (did not finish) already too.

This turned out to be good for Logano because Busch was the only car that proved to be as fast as his was.

On the final restart Logano took off and left the field in the dust. He cruised to victory in only his third start in the Nationwide Series and he is also the youngest winner in the series as well. Logano is the eighth different winner in eight races at Kentucky Motor Speedway.

Logano has proved that he belongs in this sport and will be a force to reckon with in the near future.

The top ten finishers were Logano, Wimmer, Mike Wallace, Brad Keselowski, Bryan Clauson, Ambrose, David Ragan, Mike Bliss, Clint Bowyer, and Jason Keller. Some notable finishes include David Reutimann in 13th, Carl Edwards in 20th, and Kyle Busch in 30thposition. The top ten in points are Bowyer, Keselowski, Reutimann, Edwards, Busch, Ragan, Bliss, Mike Wallace, David Stremme, and Jason Leffler.

Kentucky is now in the history books and we can all look forward to a great weekend of racing action at the Milwaukee Mile.