Logano gives Penske 1-2 in Richmond

Joey Logano
Joey Logano
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Joey Logano landed in Victory Lane for the first time this season, winning Sunday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway.

Logano took off from the field following the final restart of the day on Lap 382. His Team Penske teammate, Brad Keselowski finished second, 0.775 seconds behind Logano.

Right behind them were Denny Hamlin, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and Kevin Harvick to complete the top five.

Series points leader Kyle Larson placed 14th after starting 18th.

Pole-sitter Matt Kenseth led the first 100 laps of the race to take Stage 1, while Keselowski nabbed Stage 2. Kenseth later cut a tire and finished 23rd.

The first major incident of the day happened late when Hendrick Motorsports teammates Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson got into each other, causing damage to Junior's No. 88. He finished 30th, while Johnson placed 11th.

The Monster Energy Series hits the track again next weekend at NASCAR's biggest track for the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway (Sunday, 2 p.m. ET, FOX). Keselowski is the defending winner.

QUOTES

[adinserter name="GOOGLE AD"]Joey Logano
Yeah, it was really nice. Obviously I got the text yesterday from Todd when I was up in the booth talking. I thought, oh, man, this is not the place you want to start in the back for a lot of reasons. For one, you know, you have five, six laps on your tires because of qualifying, and then obviously you don't really have an advantage on anybody. Two, being a short track, you've kind of got to go hard on the short run to try to not go down a lap and hope for a caution. That worked out really well. We got a nice caution five laps into the race, put some sticker tires on it when some guys still had their qualifiers on it, be able to start picking them off slowly. Took us all day to at least break into the top 5. We kind of leveled out as the fifth, seventh, eight place car. Seemed like everyone from fourth to 10th was about the same speed, so it was all about just gaining a little bit of track position on restarts and pit stops, and we just kind of stayed right around there. Todd made some good calls at the end, got us some good track position. We had a good pit stop at the end that maintained the track position and then some good restarts that were able to get the lead back when everyone else stayed out on old tires and just try to check out, that was the goal. It wasn't one of those save your tires and don't get too big of a lead. It was go as hard as you possibly can because I knew how quick Brad was. I saw it all day. He was the fastest car. He led a ton of laps today, so I knew I had to get the biggest lead I could, because he cut off a good second there at the end. Glad the race was 400 laps because if it was any shorter we probably wouldn't have won, and if it was any longer we probably wouldn't have won, so it turned out just right for us today.

Brad Keselowski
It was just hoping for another restart or the race to get extended for another 10 laps. I think we had a ton of long run speed today. That short run at the end…half the field came, half the field didn’t. I just got stuck in a lane of cars that didn’t go. By the time I did, he had a whole straightaway on me. I got it down to a couple of car lengths at the end. All and all I’m happy for Team Penske with the 1-2 finish. We’ll take it and move on.

Results

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

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