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Joey Logano Wins Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond

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Joey Logano claims his 2nd Richmond win in his 300th start.

A long, hot Sunday afternoon race from the Commonwealth of Virginia ended up in the hands of Joey Logano. The 22 Shell/Pennzoil Penske Racing Ford team outlasted the competition in order to stand in victory lane. This is Joey Logano’s second win at Richmond (Spring 2014) in his 300th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start.

This win all but assures Logano a position in the NASCAR Playoffs in September. Richmond marks Logano’s 18th career win and first of 2017. Logano had qualified 5th, but a post-qualifying transmission change relegated him to starting in the back of the pack.

The dominant cars on Sunday included polesitter Matt Kenseth, who led the first 164 laps of the race (including a Stage 1 win), and Logano’s teammate Brad Keselowski (Stage 2 winner), who finished second. Logano did not lead until 30 laps were remaining on Sunday. A pit strategy call by crew chief Todd Gordon gave Logano the top position with old tires, and with the assistance of Keselowski the two Penske cars held on to finish first and second.

The remainder of Sunday’s top 10 finishers included Denny Hamlin, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Kevin Harvick, Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman, Kurt Busch, Aric Almirola, and Martin Truex Jr.

The final caution flew on lap 382 out of 400. Logano gained a large advantage on this restart and held off a late charge from Keselowski. The final margin of victory was 0.7 seconds.

In Dale Earnhardt Jr’s first start since announcing his retirement, he ran in the top 1o early on Sunday afternoon until a pit-road speeding penalty trapped him deep in the field. After contact with teammate Jimmie Johnson and a cut tire, Jr was forced to settle for a 30th place finish. However, Jr has reason to be optimistic, as the sport heads to Talladega, Alabama for next weekend’s race. Jr has won at Talladega 6 times, and has high hopes for win number 7. The Geico 500 from Talladega Superspeedway is sure to be a must-see event, and it will be held on Sunday, May 7 at 2 PM EST.