Joey Logano is the winner of the Daytona 500, two years after the one-time phenom was dropped by Joe Gibbs Racing.
Logano took the lead in the white-knuckle race following a restart with 19 laps remaining. Once out front, he and his Ford seemed to have the race in control until racing was stopped by a caution with three laps to go.
NASCAR needed nearly seven minutes to clean the track, which gave Logano a two-lap sprint to the finish. He finished just ahead of reigning Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick and defending Daytona 500 champ Dale Earnhardt Jr. Denny Hamlin finished fourth.
Pole sitter Jeff Gordon was involved in a last lap crash involving several cars. Gordon kept his Chevrolet out front for 77 of the first 100 laps, and led a race-high 87 laps.
Tony Stewart is now winless in 17 Daytona 500’s. He was involved in a five car accident early in the race and sustained enough damage to his car that he had to stop racing.
T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-RESULTS
Utah is in danger of falling from the top 10 in The Associated Press men’s basketball poll. Dillon Brook scored 11 straight points for Oregon in the second half of a 69-58 triumph over the ninth-rated Utes. Brooks finished with 19 points and the Ducks improved their NCAA tournament chances by improving to 20-8. Delon Wright scored 20 points for Utah which fell to 21-5 and dropped a game behind Arizona in the Pac-12 race.
Meanwhile, second-ranked Virginia fared much better on the scoreboard as Anthony Gill contributed 13 points and Darion Atkins added 11 in a 51-41 triumph over Florida State. The Cavaliers managed to win after starting guards Malcolm Brogdon and London Perrantes suffered facial injuries from a collision with Virginia ahead just 31-28 with 15 minutes to play. Both headed to the locker room, and Brogdon went back into the game a few minutes later to help the Cavs improve to 25-1.
Elsewhere on Sunday’s top-25 schedule
— No. 13 Wichita State is now 25-3 following a 62-43 rout of Evansville. Fred VanVleet scored 18 of his 22 points in the first half and helped the Shockers improve to 15-1 in the Missouri Valley Conference.
— Michigan has won its latest battle with Ohio State as the unranked Wolverines knocked off the 24th-ranked Buckeyes 64-57 behind Spike Albrecht’s 16 points. The Buckeyes trailed by as many as 17 points in the second half of their second consecutive loss.
OTHER COLLEGE BASKETBALL NEWS
No. 12 Louisville has dismissed senior point guard Chris Jones, one day after he scored 17 points following a one-game suspension for violating unspecified team rules.
No reason was given for Jones’ dismissal in a brief release from the school, which added there would be no comment. The Cardinals now enter Monday night’s game at Georgia Tech without their assists leader and No. 3 scorer.
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
As district play begins for classes 1 through 3 in high school basketball this week, our next games to be on 103.9 Curly Country will be Wednesday, with the Boys Semi-Finals from the Class 3 District 15 tournament being held in Richmond. The first game is set for a 6:00 p.m. tip-off and the second game will follow. We will also have the Girls Semi-Finals Thursday night with the same start time of 6 o’clock. You can catch all the play-by-play on 103.9 KRLI.
The Golden State Warriors stumbled in their first game without Stephen Curry this season. Curry sat out with soreness in his right ankle while Rodney Stuckey torched the Warriors for 30 points in Detroit’s 104-98 win. C.J. Miles finished with 13 points, including a 3-pointer that put the Pistons ahead 101-97 with 26.5 seconds left. The Warriors lost for just the second time in nine games despite Klay Thompson’s 39 points. Golden State still owns the NBA’s best record at 43-10.
In other NBA action:
— Memphis is a franchise-best 40-14 after overcoming a 13-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Trail Blazers 98-92 in Portland. Marc Gasol finished with 21 points as the Grizzlies knocked off a Blazers team that was without LaMarcus Aldridge because of a sprained right thumb.
— Cleveland won for the 16th time in 18 games by trouncing the NBA’s worst team, beating the Knicks 101-82 in New York. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving each scored 18 points for the Cavaliers, J.R. Smith had 17 points against his old team, and Kevin Love finished with 16 points and 16 boards.
— Paul Millsap had 23 points and 16 rebounds as the Atlanta Hawks downed Milwaukee 97-86 to end their season-high, three-game losing streak. Kyle Korver added 12 points for the Eastern Conference leaders, including three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter after Atlanta squandered an early 16-point lead.
— Monta Ellis scored 15 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter to help Dallas secure a victory over Charlotte, 92-81. Amare Stoudemire made his Mavericks debut and delivered 14 points in 11 minutes.
— Russell Westbrook had 21 points and a career-high 17 assists to lead Oklahoma City’s 119-94 romp over Denver. Enes Kanter had 20 points and 12 rebounds in the Thunder’s sixth consecutive victory, while Serge Ibaka added 20 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.
— Detroit crushed Washington 106-89 as Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 26 points and Andre Drummond added 18 points and 16 rebounds. Reggie Jackson finished with 17 points despite missing his first eight shots in his Pistons debut.
— Jeremy Lin had a nice game in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 118-111 overtime victory against Boston, scoring 25 points on 10 of 15 shooting in 30 minutes off the bench. Wesley Johnson added 22 points for the Lakers, whose reserves outscored their starters 84-34.
— Orlando has its first three-game winning streak of the season after Nik Vucevic had 31 points and 14 rebounds in a 103-98 decision over Philadelphia. Victor Oladipo scored 17 points and Willie Green added 16 for the Magic.
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy has rejoined the team, three days after having a heart procedure. The 59-year-old had two stents placed near his heart on Thursday night and told reporters he “couldn’t feel any better.”
Bochy said he didn’t feel good for much of the winter. After he took his annual spring physical on Wednesday, the team medical staff monitored him and suggested further tests on Thursday.