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Joey Logano Wins Firekeepers Casino 400 At MIS

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Joey Logano bested Chase Elliott on the final restart and never looked back as he claimed Sunday’s Firekeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Logano has now won for the second time in four years at the two-mile oval, leading 139 of the 200 laps in the process. It was also Logano’s first win of the 2016 Sprint Cup Series season and punches his ticket into the Chase For The Sprint Cup.

“We’ve been knocking on the door for a win all season. It’s nice to get that win and lock ourselves into the Chase. To see the execution that this team had throughout the day, having a perfect weekend like this, starting on the front row with the pole, being able to have good pit stops and stay up in the top 2 the whole race is a lot to say about this team.” Joey Logano said after the race.

Logano just simply dominated with NASCAR’s new experimental aero package. He led five times for 138 laps, including regaining the lead on Lap 153 and never giving it up from that point forward.

Rookie Elliott finished second, followed by Kyle Larson, Brad Keselowski, and Kevin Harvick round out the top 5.

Other storylines from Sunday’s Firekeepers Casino 400 At Michigan International Speedway include:

  • Misfortune struck Kyle Busch for the fourth consecutive event when his car blew an engine and subsequently caught fire on lap 54. Busch managed to douse the fire with onboard fire extinguishers and limped his car to the garage.
  • On Lap 62, Chris Buescher made slight contact with the left rear fender of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s car, sending it up into the outside retaining wall and collecting AJ Allmendinger’s car in the process. Dale Jr. would not return and finished 39th as a result.
  • Team Penske is now just one win away from 100 career Sprint Cup wins.
  • AJ Allmendinger (crash, 38th), Jeffrey Earnhardt (car fire, 37th), Brian Scott (crash, 36th), Regan Smith (crash, 35th), Denny Hamlin (crash, 33rd) Casey Mears (crash, 32nd), all saw their days end early with a unusual amount of attrition.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is off next weekend, with it’s next race at Sonoma Raceway in two weeks.