Saturday, January 24, 2009

Wild Showdown finish

Joey Logano crossed the finish line first, but Matt Kobyluck was awarded the win in the Toyota All-Star Showdown on Saturday night.
Logano, the 18-year-old protege of Joe Gibbs Racing, made a daring pass on Peyton Sellers on the last turn of the last lap and bounced off the turn 4 wall to cross the finish at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale.
But it was Kobyluck's team that was doing the celebrating as NASCAR officials tried to figure out how to penalize Logano for his apparent race-winning move.
NASCAR officials ultimately determined that Logano should receive a race procedure penalty and knocked him from first to 40th and last.
Kobyluck said after the race that the scuffle between Logano and Sellers was just two guys going for the win. Jason Bowles, a driver from Ontario and winner of his past two races at Irwindale, saw it a little differently. He said he didn't think Sellers was racing out of line in the final laps. But Bowles said he didn't exactly appreciate the way Logano raced him. Bowles and Logano battled for the lead at times during the race, with Logano coming out in first almost every time.
Once the dust and oil settled, Kobyluck was the first two-time winner of the Camping World Series portion of the Showdown, Logano finished last and Sellers failed to complete the final lap.

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