Joey Logano turns pole to victory at Pocono

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Monday 11th June, 2012 - 9:46am

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Joey Logano

Joey Logano

Joey Logano has dominated today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Pocono, winning the pole and taking his second career victory.

After reclaiming the lead from veteran Mark Martin on Lap 157 of 160, Logano pulled away to win, his first victory since a rain-shortened win at New Hampshire in 2009.

It is the first time in 31 races that a pole-sitter has gone on to win.

More important, the second triumph of Logano’s career couldn’t have come at a better time – during a contract year in which doubters have considered the 22-year-old a prime candidate to lose his ride at Joe Gibbs Racing to a more established star.

“I hope it shuts ’em all up,” was Logano’s terse wish for his critics after he climbed from his winning #20 Toyota.

Logano beat Martin to the finish line by 0.997 seconds, with reigning champion Tony Stewart third, followed by Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin.

Matt Kenseth finished seventh and took over the series lead by 10 points over Dale Earnhardt Jr, who came home eighth after leading 36 laps.

Paul Menard and Jamie McMurray rounded out the top 10, while Australian Marcos Ambrose finished 13th.

Results, Pocono 400

 

FIN ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 1 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 48/5 160 Running
2 6 55 Mark Martin Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 43/1 160 Running
3 22 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Mobil 1 / Office Depot 41/0 160 Running
4 24 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s / Kobalt Tools 40/0 160 Running
5 5 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express 40/1 160 Running
6 16 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-hour Energy 38/0 160 Running
7 14 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Ford EcoBoost 38/1 160 Running
8 8 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / Diet Mountain Dew 37/1 160 Running
9 3 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Menards / Sylvania 35/0 160 Running
10 11 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Banana Boat 35/1 160 Running
11 2 99 Carl Edwards Ford Kellogg’s / Cheez-it 33/0 160 Running
12 18 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Haas Automation 32/0 160 Running
13 9 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford DEWALT 31/0 160 Running
14 21 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Rheem 30/0 160 Running
15 20 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet The Armed Forces Foundation 29/0 160 Running
16 7 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row / Farm American 28/0 160 Running
17 17 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 28/1 160 Running
18 31 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 26/0 160 Running
19 12 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 25/0 160 Running
20 23 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 24/0 160 Running
21 25 51 David Reutimann Chevrolet Phoenix Construction Services 23/0 160 Running
22 27 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota Bubba Burgers 22/0 160 Running
23 36 38 David Gilliland Ford ModSpace / TRG Motorsports 22/1 160 Running
24 13 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M / Rite Aid / NextCare 21/1 160 Running
25 42 10 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing 19/0 160 Running
26 37 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota Burger King / Dr Pepper 18/0 160 Running
27 34 34 David Ragan Ford Taco Bell 18/1 160 Running
28 29 43 Aric Almirola Ford Transportation Impact 16/0 158 Running
29 10 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Farmers Insurance 15/0 139 Accident
30 4 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 14/0 76 Engine
31 19 22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 13/0 64 Accident
32 40 36 Tony Raines Chevrolet SealWrap.com 12/0 47 Accident
33 43 33 Stephen Leicht * Chevrolet Little Joes Autos.com 11/0 39 Brakes
34 30 98 Michael McDowell Ford Presbyterian Healthcare System 10/0 37 Rear Gear
35 26 13 Casey Mears Ford GEICO 9/0 36 Brakes
36 32 249 J.J. Yeley Toyota America Israel Racing / JPO Absorbents 8/0 33 Accident
37 33 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota AM / FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves 0 30 Brakes
38 28 119 Mike Bliss Toyota Humphrey Smith Racing 0 26 Brakes
39 39 74 Stacy Compton Chevrolet Turn One Racing / Country Suites 5/0 24 Transmission
40 38 23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet North Texas Pipe 4/0 19 Overheating
41 41 32 Reed Sorenson Ford Herr Foods / Hero Energy Shot 0 12 Accident
42 35 26 Josh Wise * Ford MDS Transport 2/0 12 Brakes
43 15 83 Landon Cassill Toyota Burger King Real Fruit Smoothies 1/0 1 Accident

 

 

 

 

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