Ford driver Tyler Reddick won the Camping World Truck Series season opener Friday night, while Ryan Reed followed that win with a victory Saturday in the Xfinity Series opener. On Sunday, Logano rounded out the weekend with the biggest win of his career.
Starting from fifth place on the grid, Logano didn’t take the lead until the 146th lap of the 500-mile race. Chevrolet’s Jeff Gordon led a race-high 87 laps during the first half, but began to quickly fall through the ranks after a caution was put out for debris on the track on lap 114.
Logano led three of the sport’s most talented drivers, Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Jimmie Jonhnson, with only 50 laps left in the Great American Race. Another caution shuffled the race order as the majority of the field opted to pit for fuel, turning the lead over to Johnson, who chose to stay out during the caution flag.
With the field three-wide, Logano managed to surge past Johnson and Denny Hamlin to take the lead with nine laps remaining. A caution put out with three laps to go prompted another restart, and upon the white flag, Logano surged ahead of the pack. A crash towards the back of the field put out another caution, giving the young Ford driver his first-ever Daytona victory.
“What an amazing moment. Wow,” Logano exclaimed post-race. “To win this race is just amazing. I have the best team on pit road for sure. These guys are awesome. My spotter did a great job giving me the information I need to get our front and stay out front before that last caution and be able to have a good restart there at the end.”
Ford’s director of North American Motorsport Programs, Jamie Allison, was elated with Logano’s win and Ford’s performance throughout the season opening race weekend.
”It feels great,” said Allison. ”I feel like every Ford employee and every Ford fan, just elation. How could you not be elated over spending a weekend in Daytona – this is kind of the Holy Grail – and to walk away with literally a sweep, you just pinch yourself. Dreams don’t take you that far.”