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Nationwide: Logano steals 'Dega from Busch

After a lengthy delay for McClure's extraction and for repairs to the SAFER barrier, the race resumed some 20 minutes later with the next GWC attempt. For a heart-stopping few seconds it looked like this was going the way of the first, with Hornish getting knocked out of control. Hornish's car ploughed into the side of Nemechek and subsequently also squeezed Patrick into the wall, threatening to ignite a whole new round of wrecks. Somehow everyone managed to save their cars and all the drivers behind them avoided the drama too, leaving the race to take the white flag and start the final 2.666-mile rotation after all.

With most of his major rivals eliminated last time around, Kyle Busch had the lead: with Joey Logano's assistance he out-powered their only real opposition, Cole Whitt and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. working together on the outside. Now the only question was whether Logano - Busch's Cup series team mate at Joe Gibbs Racing - would let Kyle have the win or make his own play for victory lane.

It was most decidedly the latter. Logano held on until halfway through the final corner, and then pulled out and surged past the #54 in a lunge for the line that was timed to perfection, putting him across the line by just 0.034s ahead of the longtime race leader, as all four cars stretched across the width of the race track in their final sprint.

“He knows I'm going to make the move to make something happen here,” said Logano of the move on his Cup team mate. "I just got him right at the line. It's super exciting to win that way because you don't know you got him until the line."

“When you're in the tandem like that, there's not much the front car can do,” said Busch, admitting that in the end he knew that he was being set up to be a sitting duck. “I probably could have blocked Joey a little up the track, but the rear car has so much more momentum ready to go. If there was anything I could do, I would have done it.”

The drama didn't altogether end there, with Hornish and Patrick seen exchanging heated words once they got back to pit road and Hornish alleging that Patrick had turned him into the wall at high speed after the chequered flag in retaliation for him putting her into the wall during that last restart. Given the apparent similarity to the incident between Kyle Busch and Ron Hornaday in the Truck Series race last year at Texas that saw Busch expelled for an entire weekend and placed under probation for similar on-track relatliation, questions were soon flying about whether Patrick may face similar sanctions for her actions - especially coming so soon after the horrific crash for Eric McClure. However neither driver was summoned to meet with NASCAR officials, the officials seemingly happy that it was just an unfortunate incident.

It certainly seemed that after several races light on cautions and and incidents, Talladega had more than made up for things - in both good and bad ways, unfortunately.

Full race results, championship positions, starting positions and practice times available.




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Kiko - Unregistered

May 06, 2012 3:10 PM

Typical that Danica gets away with wrecking Hornish after the finish, that was a petty childish move. Hope McClure is ok, the steering column was pushed right back towards his helmet area.



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