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How long did you lead?

When you are a race car driver you want to lead all the laps and win the race, but sometimes you can still win by only leading the white flag lap.HarvickCenterPhoto


Sunday’s race was great. It contained a lot of drama, some wrecks, and all came down to 2 turns. Kevin Harvick took the lead with 30 laps to go when the leaders came in to make their final pit stops, and Kevin was taking a gamble that he could save enough fuel to win, while everyone making their final stops either knew they could make it or needed to save just about 1 lap of fuel.


DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 16:  A.J. Allmendinger, driver of the #22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge, poses during NASCAR Media Day at Daytona International Speedway on February 16, 2012 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Well there were three great cars Sunday one being Kyle Busch who was a 2 time winner at the Glen, the second car was number 2 of Brad Keselowski, and finally the third car was last years winner and Sunday’s pole sitter A.J. Allmendinger. Kyle only led for a total of 3 laps, but he went from 21st to 11th within just a hand full of laps after the last caution that gave Kevin Harvick. Brad Keselowski lead for a total of 27 laps which was second most, but pit issues sent him to the back, but was able to recover for a 7th place finish. A.J. Allmendinger led the first 21 laps of the race, but then his day took a sour turn half way through the race his car just died on him. The cause ended up being a battery which cost him track position and a chance to win and get into the 2015 NASCAR Chase For The Cup.


laganoCelebrationSo, who did win the race? Was it my pick Jeff Gordon? How bout the all time winner Tony Stewart? No one I mentioned actually won. Someone who only led one lap which was the white flag was none other than Joey Logano he passed Kevin Harvick who ran out of fuel between turn 10 and turn 11 which gave Joey to get around him and get the win.


So, when comes down to it no matter how many laps you lead going into the final lap, no matter how much gas you thought you saved when you come off the final turn, only when you see the checkered flag is when you can say “I won this race”, or “I lost it even though I lead the most laps”.

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