The 18-year-old phenom, Joey "Sliced Bread" Logano, made his NASCAR Craftsman Trucks Series debut at Talladega Superspeedway in the No. 59 Toyota Tundra for HT Motorsports on Saturday.
Although Logano began the race from the sixth spot, his start quickly turned into a minor disaster.
On Lap 20, the second caution of the day flew when debris from Logano's truck landed on the track. The fallen debris caused his passenger-side window to become unfastened and fly off the Toyota, also landing on the track.
Logano lost three laps as his crew replaced the window with their only backup and promptly secured it with tape. NASCAR requires that the trucks at restrictor-plate tracks have a passenger-side window in place. With his window fixed, Logano made his way back onto the track just in front of the field, causing him to lose yet another lap.
But the young driver's troubles didn't end there.
Coming down the backstretch on the final lap, Logano was caught up in a multi-car crash at the back of the pack.
The No. 40 Chevrolet driven by Jeff Green collided with another truck at the bottom then swiftly shot up the racetrack, crushing Logano's Tundra and Jon Wood's Ford against the wall. No yellow flag flew and the race continued under green.
What started out as a hopeful learning experience and a highly anticipated race for both Logano and his fans ended as a slight catastrophe for the popular teenage rookie.
Then again, there's always next time for NASCAR's newest rising star as it will most likely not be his only attempt in the series.
Logano finished 26th, five laps down.
Todd "The Onion" Bodine won The Mountain Dew 250 in his No. 30 Lumber Liquidators Toyota with a last-lap pass of leader Kyle "Rowdy" Busch in the No. 51 Tundra. Busch crossed the finish line in third.
This was not Logano's first start at Talladega. The previous night, Logano participated in the ARCA RE/MAX 250, driving the No. 15 Interstate Batteries Chevrolet for Venturini Motorsports.
In that race—his second ARCA start ever (he won his first at Rockingham earlier this year)—Logano passed leader Patrick Sheltra with one to go then lost the lead on the last lap to Justin Allgaier who went on to win the race.
Logano finished second, leading 15 of the 94 laps.
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