Tempers flare at Richmond as Logano wins

A happy Joey Logano
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While Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski and Matt Kenseth bumped and banged their way to the checkered flag Saturday night, Joey Logano snuck past all three to win the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond.

Kenseth, Keselowski and Gordon all three swapped positions and traded paint during a furious battle for the lead over the final five laps, allowing Logano to charge from fourth to first for his second win of the season. Logano joins Kevin Harvick as the only two-time winners in the first nine races.

Gordon finished second, followed by Kyle Busch, Keselowski and Kenseth.

The wild restart with eight laps to go led to some anger between drivers as Keselowski was upset with Kenseth for what he felt was a move to block him.

In the garage post-race, tensions escalated between Casey Mears and Marcos Ambrose, resulting in punches being thrown by Ambrose.

Earnhardt Jr. came in seventh, marking his sixth top-10 finish of the season, and Harvick was 11th.

Gordon led much of the race, sharing the lead with Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski. But Kenseth came on strong in the final 100 laps and passed Gordon for the lead on Lap 362. He then held the advantage when he beat Gordon and Earnhardt Jr. off pit road on Lap 369.

Clint Bowyer found himself in another Richmond controversy after spinning out pole sitter Kyle Larson just after the green flag fell on the Toyota Owners 400.

Going into Turn 1, Larson appeared to be fending off an outside attack from Brad Keselowski, leaving a bit of the inside open for Bowyer. But the Michael Waltrip Racing driver ended up putting a fender on Larson and spun him out.

As Larson headed to the pits to check for damage and get new tires, Bowyer immediately showed his frustration over the radio.

“I didn’t mean to do that," Bowyer said dejectedly. “I got under him and he turned right back down."

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Results

Pos No. Driver Make Start Laps Led Status
1 22 Joey Logano Ford 17 400 46 Running
2 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 25 400 173 Running
3 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 19 400 0 Running
4 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 2 400 114 Running
5 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 12 400 35 Running
6 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 14 400 0 Running
7 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 13 400 7 Running
8 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 18 400 0 Running
9 99 Carl Edwards Ford 16 400 0 Running
10 78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet 22 400 0 Running
11 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 5 400 23 Running
12 55 Brian Vickers Toyota 6 400 0 Running
13 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 7 400 0 Running
14 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 4 400 0 Running
15 16 Greg Biffle Ford 26 400 0 Running
16 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 1 400 0 Running
17 43 Aric Almirola Ford 15 400 0 Running
18 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 11 400 0 Running
19 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet 34 400 0 Running
20 38 David Gilliland Ford 33 400 0 Running
21 51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 31 400 0 Running
22 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 28 400 0 Running
23 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 21 400 0 Running
24 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 9 400 0 Running
25 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 20 399 0 Running
26 40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 43 398 1 Running
27 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 27 398 0 Running
28 23 Alex Bowman Toyota 24 398 0 Running
29 35 David Reutimann Ford 30 397 0 Running
30 34 David Ragan Ford 37 396 0 Running
31 83 Ryan Truex Toyota 8 396 0 Running
32 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 10 396 0 Running
33 7 Michael Annett Chevrolet 23 396 0 Running
34 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 35 395 0 Running
35 33 David Stremme Chevrolet 38 395 0 Running
36 32 Travis Kvapil Ford 32 394 1 Running
37 66 Joe Nemechek Toyota 41 391 0 Running
38 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 29 390 0 Running
39 98 Josh Wise Chevrolet 39 390 0 Running
40 30 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 42 380 0 Engine
41 26 Cole Whitt Toyota 40 367 0 Running
42 36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 36 225 0 Electrical
43 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 3 159 0 Suspension

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