On Sunday, Joey Logano, 19, became the youngest NASCAR driver to win a Sprint Cup race, one of NASCAR's top races. It wasn't exactly an exciting finish — it wasn't even a fast finish.
Given the weather conditions, the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway was called early. When it was called, Logano was in the lead — ahead of NASCAR veteran Jeff Gordon.
That's because Logano blew out his tire and was able to top off his gas while it was fixed.
"We fueled about six or seven laps later than everybody else, which was the six or seven laps that made a difference at the end of the race," Logano says. "So sometimes a little bit of misfortune plays in your hands."
When the rain picked up and officials threw a yellow caution flag to force the drivers to slow down, Logano was ahead, but he was running on an almost empty tank. He cut off his motor and coasted. When a caution flag is thrown, the cars can't pass each other. And Gordon was behind Logano, vying for position and trying to get him to fire up his engine and burn more fuel.
"It was cool to get your first win with Jeff Gordon right behind you," Logano says.
Logano says Gordon came up to him after they stopped driving, but before the race was officially called.
"He said, 'Looks like you got it, good job.' I was like, 'Don't tell me that yet, don't jinx this,' " Logano says.
Logano says the win was especially sweet because his family and friends came up from Connecticut to watch the race.
"It's definitely a big deal, one of the biggest deals in my life," Logano says. "It's a dream come true."