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Logano Holds Off Teammate To Win Richmond

| , RacinToday.com Sunday, April 30 2017

Joey Logano ended his 2017 winless drought on Sunday. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Andrew Coppley)

Joey Logano, forced to start from the rear of the field in Sunday’ Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series after changing transmissions, came on late and went on to get the victory at Richmond International Raceway.

Logano got to the checkered flag .7 seconds ahead of charging Team Penske teammate Brad Keselowski, who led 110 of 200 laps.

The victory was the first of the season for Logano. He became the seventh driver to win a Cup race in 2017 and he did it in his 300th career start in the series.

Pretty special win, he said.

“Oh, man, coming from the back, for one, being the 300th start…man, that feels really good,” Logano said, adding that Keselowski had the faster car and was closing big time on him at the end.

“It’s nice to finally get a win.”

“Really what we needed was about 10 more laps,” Keselowski, who was done in by a series of late cautions and pit stops, said. “I wish was the Richmond 410, I’d have taken 500 but it was a really good effort.”

Third was Denny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing.

Rounding out the top five were Rickey Stenhouse Jr. of Roush Fenway Racing and Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing.

For Stenhouse, the top-five was his second of the season. He got it even though the slapped the wall during the race.

“We had to fight hard for this top five,” Stenhouse said. “I made a mistake early. I thought we had a car capable of running in the top five for a majority of the race. I just got loose into turn three and got into the fence. I had to play catch-up for there. I was on the splitter, and I couldn’t run my fastest lap until about lap five or six. As soon as that caution came out I was like, ‘We have to stay out. It worked out for us.”

Logano, who led 25 laps – most of which were near the end of the race – took his final lead with 17 laps to go when he bumped his way past Kyle Larson.

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race – Toyota Owners 400

Richmond International Raceway

Richmond, Virginia

Sunday, April 30, 2017

  1. (5) Joey Logano, Ford, 400.
  2. (15) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 400.
  3. (16) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 400.
  4. (4) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 400.
  5. (6) Kevin Harvick, Ford, 400.
  6. (10) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 400.
  7. (13) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 400.
  8. (9) Kurt Busch, Ford, 400.
  9. (25) Aric Almirola, Ford, 400.
  10. (3) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 400.
  11. (17) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 400.
  12. (11) Daniel Suarez #, Toyota, 400.
  13. (29) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 400.
  14. (18) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 400.
  15. (8) Clint Bowyer, Ford, 400.
  16. (7) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 400.
  17. (23) Chris Buescher, Chevrolet, 400.
  18. (21) Danica Patrick, Ford, 400.
  19. (30) David Ragan, Ford, 400.
  20. (38) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 400.
  21. (28) Landon Cassill, Ford, 400.
  22. (19) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 400.
  23. (1) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 400.
  24. (14) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 400.
  25. (26) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 400.
  26. (24) Ty Dillon #, Chevrolet, 400.
  27. (36) Cole Whitt, Chevrolet, 400.
  28. (32) Matt DiBenedetto, Ford, 400.
  29. (27) Michael McDowell, Chevrolet, 399.
  30. (12) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 398.
  31. (31) Gray Gaulding #, Toyota, 398.
  32. (34) * Corey LaJoie #, Toyota, 396.
  33. (33) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, 395.
  34. (37) * Timmy Hill(i), Chevrolet, 393.
  35. (35) Jeffrey Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 392.
  36. (2) Ryan Blaney, Ford, Accident, 378.
  37. (22) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 333.
  38. (20) Erik Jones #, Toyota, Accident, 4.

 

Average Speed of Race Winner:  93.685 mph.

Time of Race:  3 Hrs, 12 Mins, 08 Secs. Margin of Victory:  0.775 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  9 for 53 laps.

Lead Changes:  18 among 8 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   M. Kenseth 1-163; B. Keselowski 164-204; M. Kenseth 205; D. Hamlin 206-228; K. Harvick 229-237; B. Keselowski 238-251; K. Harvick 252; D. Hamlin 253-286; B. Keselowski 287-319; R. Newman 320-344; K. Harvick 345; B. Keselowski 346-357; Kyle Busch 358; B. Keselowski 359-360; D. Hamlin 361-362; B. Keselowski 363-370; J. Logano 371-378; K. Larson 379-383; J. Logano 384-400.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  M. Kenseth 2 times for 164 laps; B. Keselowski 6 times for 110 laps; D. Hamlin 3 times for 59 laps; J. Logano 2 times for 25 laps; R. Newman 1 time for 25 laps; K. Harvick 3 times for 11 laps; K. Larson 1 time for 5 laps; Kyle Busch 1 time for 1 lap.

Stage #1 Top Ten: 20,42,78,4,11,2,31,1,14,22

Stage #2 Top Ten: 2,20,4,11,42,31,1,14,13,22

 

| , RacinToday.com Sunday, April 30 2017
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