Joey Logano wins Daytona 500 in overtime

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 22: Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 57th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 22, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 22:  Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 57th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 22, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 22: Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 57th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 22, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

DAYTONA BEACH, FL -Joey Logano can add new title to his name: Daytona 500 champion. Logano won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 Sunday, surviving an overtime period to win NASCAR’s most prestigious race. Logano led a total of 31 laps most coming late in race to score his 9th Sprint Cup victory and perhaps the biggest win of his career.

Behind Logano, defending Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick was second. Last year’s Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. was third, Denny Hamlin and Jimmie Johnson finished fourth and fifth.

The race featured tense breathtaking racing, especially in the closing laps as the field was bunched up three wide and three deep. There was also very little in the way of bent sheet metal as the only multi-car crash occurred on the final lap and sealed the win for Logano. In all there were five cautions the final one setting up a green-white-checkered flag finish. MORE>>>

About Greg Engle 7420 Articles
Greg is a published award winning sportswriter who spent 23 years combined active and active reserve military service, much of that in and around the Special Operations community. Greg is the author of "The Nuts and Bolts of NASCAR: The Definitive Viewers' Guide to Big-Time Stock Car Auto Racing" and has been published in major publications across the country including the Los Angeles Times, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also a contributor to Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul, published in 2010, and the Christmas edition in 2016. He wrote as the NASCAR, Formula 1, Auto Reviews and National Veterans Affairs Examiner for Examiner.com and has appeared on Fox News. He holds a BS degree in communications, a Masters degree in psychology and is currently a PhD candidate majoring in psychology. He is currently the weekend Motorsports Editor for Autoweek.