Logano breaks drought in Talladega

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Monday 30th April, 2018 - 9:44am

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Joey Logano

Joey Logano has staved off late-race pressure from Kurt Busch to win the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.

The #22 Team Penske Ford driver ended up winning by 0.127s, almost a year to the day since his last victory in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Richmond.

Logano took the lead for the first time under Caution on Lap 75 before being passed by Denny Hamlin (#11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota).

He was nevertheless in with a chance of winning the second stage of the motor race but couldn’t find a way past Paul Menard (#21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford), who scored his first Cup Series playoff point.

Logano had another spell in the lead from Lap 138 which was briefly interrupted by team-mate Brad Keselowski (#2 Team Penske Ford) before pitting under green flag on Lap 145.

The 27-year-old regained the lead on Lap 147 as the pit stops played out and held on to top spot all the way until the end of the 188th and final lap.

During that time, he had to survive two restarts and stern attention from Kurt Busch (#41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford), while Kevin Harvick (#4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford) also challenged for the lead in the latter stages.

Harvick ultimately finished fourth, behind Chase Elliott (#9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet).

The rest of the top 10 was Ricky Stenhouse Jnr, David Ragan, Aric Almirola, Alex Bowman, Ryan Newman, and Daniel Suarez.

There were two Cautions for crashes, the second of which on Lap 165 was the customary ‘big one’ when Jimmie Johnson got the #48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet crossed up.

The former champ took several with him including Keselowski, who had won Stage 1, and Menard.

A multi-car crashed caused by a tangle between Erik Jones (#20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota) and Jamie McMurray (#1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet) on Lap 72 accounted for 2017 series champion Martin Truex Jnr (#78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota), among others.

Series leader Kyle Busch (#18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota) finished 13th after incurring a pit lane speeding penalty and also spinning in the big one.

Round 11, the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway, takes place on May 4-6 (local time).

Johnson sets off ‘the big one’

Race highlights

Results: GEICO 500, Talladega Superspeedway

Pos Num Driver Make Laps Led Status
1 22 Joey Logano Ford 188 70 Running
2 41 Kurt Busch Ford 188 5 Running
3 9 Chase Elliott Chevrolet 188 0 Running
4 4 Kevin Harvick Ford 188 12 Running
5 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jnr Ford 188 4 Running
6 38 David Ragan Ford 188 0 Running
7 10 Aric Almirola Ford 188 0 Running
8 88 Alex Bowman Chevrolet 188 26 Running
9 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 188 0 Running
10 19 Daniel Suarez Toyota 188 1 Running
11 37 Chris Buescher Chevrolet 188 1 Running
12 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 188 0 Running
13 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 188 0 Running
14 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 188 11 Running
15 13 Ty Dillon Chevrolet 188 0 Running
16 43 Darrell Wallace Jnr Chevrolet 188 5 Running
17 95 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 188 1 Running
18 12 Ryan Blaney Ford 188 0 Running
19 32 Matt DiBenedetto Ford 188 6 Running
20 96 DJ Kennington Toyota 188 0 Running
21 72 Cole Whitt Chevrolet 188 0 Running
22 62 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet 188 1 Running
23 92 Timothy Peters Ford 187 0 Running
24 23 Gray Gaulding Toyota 187 0 Running
25 15 Ross Chastain Chevrolet 186 0 Running
26 78 Martin Truex Jnr Toyota 184 0 Crash
27 00 Joey Gase Chevrolet 178 0 Engine
28 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 174 0 Running
29 24 William Byron Chevrolet 165 14 Crash
30 21 Paul Menard Ford 165 8 Crash
31 14 Clint Bowyer Ford 165 0 Crash
32 34 Michael McDowell Ford 165 0 Crash
33 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 165 21 Crash
34 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 165 2 Crash
35 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 165 0 Crash
36 51 Timmy Hill Ford 151 0 Engine
37 55 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 79 0 Suspension
38 6 Trevor Bayne Ford 71 0 Crash
39 20 Erik Jones Toyota 71 0 Crash
40 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 71 0 Crash

Standings

Pos Driver Pts Gap Starts Wins Pl’off pts
1 Kyle Busch 447 10 3 17
2 Joey Logano 417 -30 10 1 7
3 Kevin Harvick 366 -81 10 3 12
4 Clint Bowyer 335 -112 10 1 5
5 Kurt Busch 320 -127 10 0 2
6 Brad Keselowski 317 -130 10 0 4
7 Denny Hamlin 314 -133 10 0 1
8 Ryan Blaney 313 -134 10 0 2
9 Martin Truex Jnr 303 -144 10 1 7
10 Kyle Larson 280 -167 10 0 0
11 Aric Almirola 278 -169 10 0 0
12 Alex Bowman 238 -209 10 0 0
13 Erik Jones 234 -213 10 0 0
14 Jimmie Johnson 230 -217 10 0 0
15 Ricky Stenhouse Jnr 217 -230 10 0 0
16 Ryan Newman 214 -233 10 0 0
17 Austin Dillon 210 -237 10 1 5
18 Chase Elliott 209 -238 10 0 0
19 Paul Menard 206 -241 10 0 1
20 William Byron 202 -245 10 0 0
21 Daniel Suarez 188 -259 10 0 0
22 Darrell Wallace Jnr 181 -266 10 0 0
23 Jamie McMurray 167 -280 10 0 0
24 AJ Allmendinger 163 -284 10 0 0
25 David Ragan 157 -290 10 0 0
26 Chris Buescher 156 -291 10 0 0
27 Ty Dillon 134 -313 10 0 0
28 Matt DiBenedetto 130 -317 10 0 0
29 Kasey Kahne 129 -318 10 0 0
30 Trevor Bayne 127 -320 10 0 0
31 Michael McDowell 126 -321 10 0 0
32 Cole Whitt 78 -369 7 0 0
33 Gray Gaulding 69 -378 10 0 0
34 DJ Kennington 55 -392 5 0 0
35 Landon Cassill 37 -410 4 0 0
36 Jeffrey Earnhardt 28 -419 5 0 0
37 Brendan Gaughan 24 -423 2 0 0
38 Harrison Rhodes 23 -424 5 0 0
39 Reed Sorenson 16 -431 5 0 0
40 Mark Thompson 15 -432 1 0 0
41 Corey LaJoie 14 -433 3 0 0
42 Danica Patrick 2 -445 1 0 0
43 Justin Marks 0 -447 1 0 0
44 David Gilliland 0 -447 1 0 0
45 Ross Chastain 0 -447 9 0 0
46 Timothy Peters 0 -447 1 0 0
47 Cole Custer 0 -447 1 0 0
48 Joey Gase 0 -447 2 0 0
49 JJ Yeley 0 -447 1 0 0
50 Daniel Hemric 0 -447 1 0 0
51 Timmy Hill 0 -447 3 0 0
52 Chad Finchum 0 -447 1 0 0

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