Logano wins on his 300th start

Monday 1st May, 2017 - 9:47am

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Logano wins at Richmond

Joey Logano has celebrated his 300th start in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup in style with victory at Richmond.

Logano had to do it the hard way after a gearbox change after practice forced him to start off the back.

On a great day for Team Penske, Brad Keselowski finished in second. This came after a late charge from Keselowski during a 19-lap green-flag run to the chequered flag.

Logano took the lead for the first time on Lap 384, after passing six cars on a restart that tried to hold-on with older tyres.

Keselowski had a faster car, having led 110 laps, but he also had more difficulty getting through traffic after the final restart, which proved the difference.

The result was the 26-year-old’s 18th career victory and first of the season.

“The boys had a great stop which gave us good track position to pass the cars that stayed out,” said Logano.

“We were able to have a good start, work our way past those cars and tried to take off the best I could.

“I knew the 2 (Keselowski) was so much faster than everybody and I had to get out there as quick and as far as I could.

“He was on his way to catch me. I think he was catching me a couple tenths a lap. That was all I had inside the car and I burned them up early trying to go.

“I am proud of the effort of the team. We executed under pressure today and brought a car home that was a 5th-10th place car home to victory lane.”

Denny Hamlin came home third, but his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota couldn’t match the speed of the Team Penske Fords. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. scored an encouraging fourth on older rubber holding off Kevin Harvick.

Stage 1 bonus points went the way of Matt Kenseth while Keselowski was in front at the conclusion of Stage 2.

It proved a difficult day for Hendrick Motorsports with the soon-to-be retired Dale Earnhardt Jr. and team-mate Jimmie Johnson making contact with each other.

Earnhardt, who had also then had a separate puncture and spin, finished 30th, while Johnson placed 11th.

VIDEO: Race Highlights

RESULTS: Toyota Owners 400 – Richmond International Raceway

Cla No. Driver Make Laps Laps Led Status Points
1 22  Joey Logano Ford 400 25  Running 42
2 2  Brad Keselowski Ford 400 110 Running 50
3 11  Denny Hamlin Toyota 400 59  Running 47
4 17  Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 400  0  Running 33
5 4  Kevin Harvick Ford 400 11  Running 47
6 1  Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 400  0  Running 38
7 31  Ryan Newman Chevrolet 400 25  Running 39
8 41  Kurt Busch Ford 400  0  Running 29
9 43  Aric Almirola Ford 400  0  Running 28
10 78  Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 400  0  Running 35
11 48  Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 400  0  Running 26
12 19  Daniel Suarez Toyota 400  0  Running 25
13 6  Trevor Bayne Ford 400  0  Running 24
14 42  Kyle Larson Chevrolet 400 5  Running 38
15 14  Clint Bowyer Ford 400  0  Running 27
16 18  Kyle Busch Toyota 400 1  Running 21
17 37  Chris Buescher Chevrolet 400  0  Running 20
18 10  Danica Patrick Ford 400  0  Running 19
19 38  David Ragan Ford 400  0  Running 18
20 3  Austin Dillon Chevrolet 400  0  Running 17
21 34  Landon Cassill Ford 400  0  Running 16
22 5  Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 400  0  Running 15
23 20  Matt Kenseth Toyota 400 164  Running 33
24 24  Chase Elliott Chevrolet 400  0  Running 13
25 27  Paul Menard Chevrolet 400  0  Running 12
26 13  Ty Dillon Chevrolet 400  0  Running 13
27 72  Cole Whitt Chevrolet 400  0  Running 10
28 32  Matt DiBenedetto Ford 400  0  Running 9
29 95  Michael McDowell Chevrolet 399  0  Running 8
30 88  Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 398  0  Running 7
31 23  Gray Gaulding Toyota 398  0  Running 6
32 83  Corey Lajoie Toyota 396  0  Running 5
33 15  Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 395  0  Running 4
34 51  Timmy Hill Chevrolet 393  0  Running
35 33  Jeffrey Earnhardt Chevrolet 392  0  Running 2
36 21  Ryan Blaney Ford 378  0 Accident 1
37 47  A.J. Allmendinger Chevrolet 333  0  Running 1
38 77  Erik Jones Toyota 4  0 Accident 1

 

STANDINGS
Pos
Driver
Pts
Gap
Wins
Starts
Top 5’s
Top 10’s
Poles
1
Kyle Larson
398
Leader
1
9
5
6
1
2
Martin Truex Jr.
358
-40
1
9
2
6
0
3
Chase Elliott
346
-52
0
9
3
6
1
4
Joey Logano
333
-65
1
9
6
8
1
5
Brad Keselowski
327
-71
2
9
6
7
1
6
Kevin Harvick
286
-112
0
9
3
5
2
7
Jamie McMurray
282
-116
0
9
0
5
0
8
Jimmie Johnson
270
-128
2
9
2
3
0
9
Clint Bowyer
266
-132
0
9
2
4
0
10
Kyle Busch
235
-163
0
9
2
3
0
11
Denny Hamlin
231
-167
0
9
1
4
0
12
Ryan Blaney
229
-169
0
9
1
3
0
13
Ryan Newman
225
-173
1
9
1
3
0
14
Trevor Bayne
216
-182
0
9
0
1
0
15
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
201
-197
0
9
2
4
0
16
Erik Jones
193
-205
0
9
0
1
0
17
Kurt Busch
192
-206
1
9
1
4
0
18
Matt Kenseth
192
-206
0
9
2
4
1
19
Aric Almirola
189
-209
0
9
1
2
0
20
Kasey Kahne
179
-219
0
9
1
2
0
21
Austin Dillon
171
-227
0
9
1
1
0
22
Daniel Suarez
169
-229
0
9
0
2
0
23
Ty Dillon
157
-241
0
9
0
0
0
24
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
141
-257
0
9
1
1
0
25
Paul Menard
139
-259
0
9
1
1
0
26
AJ Allmendinger
117
-281
0
9
1
2
0
27
Chris Buescher
114
-284
0
9
0
0
0
28
Michael McDowell
110
-288
0
9
0
0
0
29
Danica Patrick
110
-288
0
9
0
0
0
30
Landon Cassill
104
-294
0
9
0
0
0
31
Cole Whitt
104
-294
0
9
0
0
0
32
Matt DiBenedetto
99
-299
0
9
0
1
0
33
David Ragan
97
-301
0
9
0
0
0
34
Corey LaJoie
57
-341
0
9
0
0
0
35
Reed Sorenson
43
-355
0
8
0
0
0
36
Jeffrey Earnhardt
36
-362
0
9
0
0
0
37
Gray Gaulding
31
-367
0
8
0
0
0
38
Michael Waltrip
29
-369
0
1
0
1
0
39
Derrike Cope
15
-383
0
6
0
0
0
40
D.J. Kennington
1
-397
0
1
0
0
0
41
Cody Ware
1
-397
0
1
0
0
0
42
Brendan Gaughan
0
-398
0
1
0
0
0
43
Elliott Sadler
0
-398
0
1
0
0
0
44
Joey Gase
0
-398
0
1
0
0
0
45
JJ Yeley
0
-398
0
1
0
0
0
46
Timmy Hill
0
-398
0
7
0
0
0