Agustin Jimenez
Technical Editor
April 28, 2015
Photos By: Courtesy of Ford

What is the definition of dominating a race? How about leading every single lap of the race and shutting the door on the competition and clenching the win? That’s just what NASCAR Xfinity Series racer Joey Logano did on April 18, 2015 during the Drive for Diabetes 300 race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee.

Logano took the lead in the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford Mustang just after the green flag dropped and took the lead from pole-sitter Erik Jones before coming around the start finish line on the first lap of the famed half-mile track. Logano took the inside line while exiting Turn 2 and held the lead all the way to the end of the race.

“I’ve never led every single lap in a race before. What a fast Discount Tire Ford. Gosh, that’s amazing. You’re waiting for something to go wrong. Such a fast car and with late cautions and all that stuff and you’re like, ‘Alright, where am I gonna blow this thing?’ Because those are the ones that you’re just nervous throughout the whole race, but what a fast car. Greg Erwin and all this team here, it was a perfect day. I can’t ask for anything more out of them. I want to say hey to Steve Byrnes back at home. We miss you, and we’ll try to do this again tomorrow.”, said Logano, driver of the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford Mustang Xfinity race car.

Bristol Motor Speedway is known as the world’s fastest half-mile race track. The concrete oval is a half mile long and features 650 foot straightaways with 6-10 degrees of banking on the straights and 26-30 degrees of banking in the corners. Needless to say that there is a whole lot of rubbing and side by side racing action happening at this short track.

“I was sitting there thinking and I was like, ‘I think we’ve led every lap so far, but I’m not sure.’ And I thought, ‘It would be pretty cool if we did that,’ and then under the red flag Michael Waltrip and Jeff Gordon were in my ear telling me about it so I was like, ‘Oh, alright.’ At that point, obviously winning the race is the ultimate goal no matter what, but you also don’t want to let anyone by for half-a-lap because you want to be able to say you’ve led every lap. That’s something pretty cool to be able to say, so I ran pretty hard the whole race just trying to achieve the goal of leading every lap and ultimately the last one. The last thing I wanted to do was lead everyone but the last one.”

The victory was Logano's second this season and 23rd career win in the Xfinity Series.

Ford Finishing Results

1st – Joey Logano
3rd – Chris Buescher
10th – Elliott Sadler
12th – Darrell Wallace Jr.
21st – Ryan Reed
23rd – Dakoda Armstrong