NASCAR: Logano wins fifth race of season

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 10, 2009

Associated Press
FONTANA, Calif. ó Joey Logano simply got mad after Greg Biffle put Logano in the wall Saturday in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Auto Club Speedway.
His father, Tom, tried to get even, and lost his NASCAR credentials in the process.
Joey Logano recovered to win the 300-mile race, pulling away from Brian Vickers over the final two laps to pick up his fifth series win of the year, and second in a row.
Yet while the 19-year-old exalted in Victory Lane, his father was being taken to the NASCAR hauler to talk with Nationwide Series director Joe Balash following a postrace confrontation with Biffle.
The elder Logano approached Biffle’s car in pit lane after the race and made at least one hand gesture in Biffle’s direction before a NASCAR official intervened.
“A NASCAR official pulled Mr. Logano’s annual credential after he confronted the 16 on pit road,” NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston said.
Tom Logano will be eligible to sign for a single-event license while officials review the event and can attend Sunday’s Sprint Cup event at the track, Poston said.
Tom Logano was apparently upset about the scrape Biffle and his son on lap 50. The veteran was challenging for the lead when he hinted over the radio that he was going to put the young driver in the fence.
Moments later Biffle slid up the track while passing Logano on the inside, a move that slightly damaged Logano’s No. 20 Toyota. Dave Rogers, Logano’s crew chief, called Biffle “a coward” over the radio.
Carl Edwards finished third and pulled within 155 points of series leader Kyle Busch, who exited his No. 18 Toyota early in the race because of a fever.