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Kyle Busch wins; Hamlin, Logano involved in last-lap wreck

Mar 24, 2013, 6:46 PM EDT

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Kyle Busch came out on top of a frenetic final lap at Auto Club Speedway to bring Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota their first victory ever at the two-mile oval outside Los Angeles.

Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin were side-by-side on the white flag lap between Turns 3 and 4, when Logano suddenly slid up into Hamlin. Busch slipped by on the high line while Logano was turned into the Turn 4 wall, and Hamlin spun down the track and went into the inside retaining wall with enough force to send the car briefly airborne.

“They forgot about me,” Busch said to Fox Sports in Victory Lane. “I knew they were gonna, but I figured the spotters would say, ’18 is coming, you better stop messing around.’

“What a great day. This Camry was so fast all day…It’s so fun to come out here and perform like this, but to finally win it — it’s been three years in the making. We finished third a couple years ago, second last year, and first now this year.”

Hamlin’s window net came down after the wreck — usually known as a sign to safety workers that the driver is OK — but while he got out of the car under his own power, the Virginia native was taken to the infield care center in an ambulance. Word later came down from NASCAR that he was awake and alert, but would be transferred to a local hospital for evaluation.

When Logano was asked on the Fox broadcast about the wreck, he replied, “[Hamlin] probably shouldn’t have done what he did last week, so that’s what he gets.” Hamlin spun out Logano last week at Bristol Motor Speedway, igniting a scuffle between the two drivers.

To top it all off, Logano and Tony Stewart —  mad at how Logano blocked him down to the apron on the final restart of the day with 11 laps remaining — had their own physical conflict on pit road before they were separated by their respective crews.

“That little [expletive] runs us clear down to the infield,” a furious Stewart told Fox afterwards. “He wants to [expletive] about everybody else, and he’s the one that drives like a little [expletive]. I’m gonna bust his ass.”

Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle completed the Top 5 finishers.

  1. packerpride03 - Mar 24, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Go 18

  2. wethog66 - Mar 24, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    When will you have a post aboutTony Stewart? I want to comment on Mr Fake.Tough Stewart.

  3. surly1n1nd1anapol1s - Mar 24, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Tony is a little bitch.

  4. fredbavre - Mar 24, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    Loved Tony’s comments, Joey is really gunning to replace Kyle as Nascar’s #1 villain, it seems.

  5. umrguy42 - Mar 24, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    Good thing Fox wasn’t talking to Tony live.

  6. worknman24hours - Mar 24, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    Great racing from Logano.

    I am proud to see him standing up for himself.

    The rest of the drivers have been warned.

    Either race Logano clean or get what you gave him for the last few years.

    • winged warrior - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:00 PM

      lmao !!

  7. nomoreseasontix - Mar 24, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Logano is a skinny little spoiled punk who is about to have his a$$ handed to him.
    He needs to make sure his crew is there to hide behind.
    Kid had a fast car, but he drives like a dart with no feathers most of the time.

  8. bru308 - Mar 24, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    Iike it or not, Logano is proving his worth right now. 2 straight weeks of running for the win? Never happened at JGR.

    Smoke is a hot-headed, idiot. He blocked at Dega last year, took out 20+ cars, and got Jr hurt in the process. But today it’s something worth fighting over? He should’ve punched himself at Dega last year then too, hypocrite.

    Logano has the looks of Penske-Keselowski chemistry v2.

  9. convincedofthehex - Mar 24, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Logano put Hamlin in the hospital and then in his interview never says anything about being concerned about Hamlin’s health. Absolutely no class on his part. Karma is going to get him.

  10. indianbob - Mar 24, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Hey you Danika haters! How about Her beating 17 guys!
    26. (40) Danica Patrick #, Chevrolet, 199, $88105.
    27. (37) JJ Yeley, Chevrolet, 199, $90705.
    28. (25) Bobby Labonte, Toyota, 198, $107552.
    29. (34) David Gilliland, Ford, 198, $89705.
    30. (36) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 194, $90955.
    31. (32) David Stremme, Toyota, 193, $88755.
    32. (43) Joe Nemechek(i), Toyota, 193, $86055.
    33. (28) David Reutimann, Toyota, Oil Leak, 192, $85830.
    34. (33) Travis Kvapil, Toyota, 188, $93630.
    35. (13) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, Engine, 184, $128038.
    36. (21) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 182, $112479.
    37. (9) Mark Martin, Toyota, 179, $93034.
    38. (12) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 169, $106524.
    39. (39) Timmy Hill #, Ford, Rear Gear, 108, $75310.
    40. (30) Josh Wise(i), Ford, Overheating, 103, $71310.
    41. (38) Scott Riggs, Ford, Vibration, 66, $67310.
    42. (35) Michael McDowell, Ford, Vibration, 60, $63310.
    43. (41) Mike Bliss(i), Toyota, Fuel Pump, 44, $59810.

    • wethog66 - Mar 25, 2013 at 11:09 AM

      Yes Danicka finished in front of start and parks, 2nd tier drivers, washed up former champs, and top tier drivers that had car issues. Impressive showing.

      I have zero issues with women in NASCAR, nice on the eyes, but I do have issues with drivers with hype they haven’t earned. Male or female. Call me when she runs in the top 15 on a consistent basis.

  11. winged warrior - Mar 25, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    “Sliced Bread” is about to become “Burnt Toast”. Book it.

    I’m sure DW will visit him daily at the hospital, too.

  12. wethog66 - Mar 25, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Who is going to burn him? Smoke? Only if Smoke has 5-6 of his pit guys with him to help.

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