Joey Logano pulls away to win

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

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.

SARAH CRABILL, GETTY IM­AGES

Toy­ota Own­ers 400 Mon­ster En­ergy NASCAR Cup Se­ries con­tenders roar into turn one at Rich­mond In­ter­na­tional Race­way on Sun­day. Joey Logano won.

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