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Last-lap leap wins for Logano

DAYTONA BEACH — Joey Logano picked up his first win of the season Friday night with a last-lap push from teammate Kyle Busch to win the Nationwide series race at Daytona International Speedway.

It comes on the heels of him winning the Sprint Cup pole at Sonoma then finishing a career-high sixth on the road course.

"I really needed it. I've been digging as hard as I possibly can. I've been confused," said Logano, who led only the final lap of Friday's Subway Jalapeño 250. "I don't know what to do different, but the big thing is just having some momentum on your side and you'll be amazed what it can do."

Danica Patrick flirted several times with the win. She had help at times from Tony Stewart, and was paired in the closing laps with JR Motor­sports teammate Aric Almirola.

Stewart at that point had hooked up with Kevin Harvick Inc. teammate Elliott Sadler. The Sadler-Stewart pairing took the lead from the Patrick-Almirola tandem. Then the Joe Gibbs Racing team of Logano and Busch charged to the front on the 100th and final lap.

As Logano closed in on the finish line, Mike Wallace squeezed Patrick against the wall to start an eight-car accident. Almirola of Tampa had to climb from a car engulfed in flames.

"It just looks like a bit of a cluster," Patrick said. "I kept my foot in it, which might not be the best thing here, but I was going for broke."

Patrick, who led 13 laps, told ESPN that she "had nowhere to go" in the wreck but was not upset and said she "had fun" on the 2.5-mile track.

Martin on Sprint Cup pole

Mark Martin bumped Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne from the pole for tonight's Sprint Cup race at Daytona with a qualifying run that put him in elite company.

Martin turned a lap of 182.065 mph in a Chevrolet to become the eighth driver in NASCAR history to earn 50 poles.

"I've had the pleasure of driving a lot of fast race cars and working with a lot of great teams and people through the years, and I'm really grateful for that," Martin said.

The milestone run for the 52-year-old came in his 811th start.

Last-lap leap wins for Logano 07/01/11 [Last modified: Saturday, July 2, 2011 12:52am]

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