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Joey Logano wins at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

LOUDON, N.H. (AP) - Nineteen-year-old Joey Logano became the youngest winner in the history of the NASCAR Sprint Cup series, winning the rain-shortened race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Logano moved into the lead on lap 264, three laps before the race was red-flagged.

Jeff Gordon finished second, followed by Kurt Busch, David Reutimann (ROO'-tih-man) and Tony Stewart.

Logano  overcame  a one-lap  deficit after  cutting his  left-rear tire in the
late-stages  of the race. He was the only driver who had yet to pit during the
final  round of  green flag  stops.

Ryan  Newman gave up the lead when he ran out of fuel and coasted into his pit
stall.  That allowed  Logano to take the  top spot for the first time. He then
conserved enough fuel before rain fell on the 1.058-mile track.

"Obviously  everything the end of the day went our way," Zipadelli said. "You
can't  control the weather.  The only thing we can do is try to play it to our
hand."

NASCAR  displayed  the  red  flag  28 laps  short  of  the  301-lap  scheduled
distance, with the race being called shortly after. Logano's first win, coming
in his 20th start, occurred at his hometrack.

"This  is where I  watched my first Cup race and where I ran my first Cup race
and where I won my first Cup race, so I could not have picked a better place,"
Logano  said. This  is kind of like a  home turf place for me, a lot of family
and friends here."

His  first  Cup start came  here last September, driving  an entry for Hall of
Fame Racing.

Logano,  a native of nearby Middletown, CT, became the youngest driver ever to
win  a Cup  Series race  at 19  years,  one month  and four  days. Kyle  Busch
previously  held the  record  at age  20  when  he won  in  September 2005  at
California

"Obviously  it's not the way you want to win your first race, in the rain, but
20 years down the road when you look in the record books, no one will know the
difference," Logano added.

Logano,  who won a  NASCAR Camping World East Series event at New Hampshire in
2007,  became  the third  first-time race winner  in NASCAR's top-tier circuit
this  year. He joined Brad Keselowski (Talladega) and David Reutimann, who won
the rain-shortened Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Jeff  Gordon appeared  to be on his  way to reclaiming the lead after the last
round  of stops,  but the three-time New  Hampshire winner had to settle for a
second-place finish.

"I  saw the  rain coming, and I pushed  it the first lap or so, and it started
getting  pretty slick  and started  backing off,"  Gordon said.  "Kurt (Busch)
really  gained  on me, and  then (crew chief) Steve  (Letarte) told me who was
actually  the leader. At that moment, my heart sunk that we didn't have a shot
at winning it, and I was hoping we would run out of gas if it wane."

Kurt  Busch  finished third after  winning at New  Hampshire one year ago when
rain curtailed that event 17 laps short of the full distance.

"Last year, to drive into victory lane and do it in a rain shortened race, and
today  to have it where we were fast enough to win and not get the win, that's
how this sport evens itself out," Busch said.

David Reutimann and Tony Stewart rounded out the top-five.

Gordon slightly trimmed Stewart's lead to 69 points.

Brad  Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Sam Hornish, Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne were
sixth through 10th, respectively.

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