Even by NASCAR's standards, the closing laps of this year's
Eight rows of cars packed three abreast barreled toward the finish like a 200-mph cavalry charge at
"What an amazing moment," Logano said in Victory Lane. "It feels just like the way you dream it."
Logano became the second-youngest winner in the 57-year history of the Daytona 500 behind
The victory also likely gives Logano a berth in NASCAR's 10-race Chase for the Cup title playoff for the third consecutive year.
Logano was leading with only three laps left in the race's 200 scheduled laps when a crash involving
That set up the overtime finish. On the restart, Logano jumped in front and was still leading on the second and final lap when the race ended under the caution flag because of a multi-car crash behind the leaders.
Those involved in that wreck included
Gordon's No. 24 Chevrolet was strong early and he led a race-high 87 laps, but the late crash left him with a 33rd-place finish.
Kevin Harvick finished second, defending Daytona 500 winner
Logano acknowledged being disheartened when his lead vanished with three laps left in regulation.
"Once you get over the fact that you're about to throw up, you can figure out how to win the race," he said.
But timely pushes from
The victory amplified the rebound in Logano's career since joining the Roger Penske team in 2013.
When he joined the Cup series full time in 2009 with
But he won only once more over the next three years and, after Gibbs hired former champion
"It's paid off in spades for us," Penske, who also won the Daytona 500 with
Logano said "it's no secret that I probably got thrown into the series too young. The switch over to Team Penske was the best move of my career. It was an opportunity for me to regroup."
But even Logano said he was uncertain how Sunday's race would play out at the finish with so many cars so close together at the high-banked, 2.5-mile speedway, a sentiment echoed by others.