Joey Logano from back of the field to victory at Richmond
Joey Logano scores a sensational victory in Sunday’s Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway after starting from back of the grid because of a post-qualifying transmission change. At the end of 400-lap race, a driver of Team Penske’s #22 Ford claimed his 18th NASCAR Cup Series victory in a career, the first win of the season and his second at Richmond. It was Logano’s 300th Cup Series start.
Logano took the lead for the first time on Lap 384, after restarting behind six cars that had stayed out on old tires under caution for Ryan Blaney’s contact with the Turn 3 wall on Lap 377. On fresh rubber, Logano easily passed to top spot. His teammate Brad Keselowski, who led for 110 laps previously, had a faster car and bigger traffic after the final restart, so he managed to finish in the second place.
Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin finished third, ahead of Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Kevin Harvick. Matt Kenseth, who started from pole and led for 164 laps, finished 23rd. He led all 100 opening laps to win Stage 1. Keselowski was the Stage 2 winner.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series hits the track again next weekend at NASCAR’s biggest track for the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.
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