Joey Logano pulls away to win
RICHMOND, VA. — Joey Logano pulled away after a restart with about 20 laps to go to win the Toyota Owners 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway on Sunday.
Logano, who qualified fifth but had to start 37th after making a transmission change, grabbed the lead from Penske Racing teammate Brad Keselowski on an earlier restart when Keselowski had to make a defensive move to keep Kyle Busch from passing him on the inside.
“I was driving my guts out out there,” Logano said. “That’s all I had. We won with a car that may not have been a winning car, so that’s something to be very proud of as a team.
“That means the execution was there and we were able to put ourselves in position to race there hard at the end. Brad was the fastest car. He was so fast.”
Keselowski got stuck behind some slower cars on the restart, letting Logano pull away.
“I think what we needed was about 10 more laps,” Keselowski said.
Logano then had to get around Kyle Larson and five others who stayed on the track when everyone else pitted.
He made quick work of that challenge and pulled away while Keselowski and Denny Hamlin duelled for the second position. Keselowski held on for second.
Toyota Owners 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series contenders roar into turn one at Richmond International Raceway on Sunday. Joey Logano won.