JOLIET, Ill. — Joey Logano’s only wrong move Friday night came after the Nationwide Series race.
He walked past the news conference setup and down the wrong aisle until he was turned around and pointed the right way.
“I’ve never been here before,” Logano said, smiling.
That can be forgiven because Logano knows his way to Victory Lane.
Logano won the Nationwide race at Chicagoland Speedway for his third win of the season and continues to live up to his billing as one of NASCAR’s rising stars.
“We just drove the wheels off her at the end,” Logano said.
Logano, 19, passed Kyle Busch with 25 laps left, then held him off on old tires in the final 10 laps. Logano, the youngest winner in Sprint Cup history, did not make a late pit stop to get fresh tires.
The gamble paid off for the Joe Gibbs Racing driver.
Busch, his JGR teammate, knew he couldn’t catch Logano.
“I can’t believe it, dude, he’s driving away from me,” Busch said over his radio after the last restart.
There were only two cautions for 11 laps in the 300-mile race, including one with 14 laps remaining that sent Busch and most of the rest of the field into the pits.
Busch was second and Brian Vickers third.
• NHRA — At Morrison, Colo., Tony Schumacher took the provisional qualifying lead in Top Fuel alcohol dragster at the Mopar Mile-High Nationals with a pass of 3.922 seconds at 312.28 mph.
Other first-day leaders were Tony Pedregon (4.170, 292.33) in Funny Car, Allen Johnson (6.964, 197.10) in Pro Stock and Craig Treble (7.358, 177.98) in Pro Stock Motorcycle.