Logano Scores Second Career Victory

Logano celebrates in victory lane 
Photo – Getty Images
By Jason Schultz


In an eventful day at Pocono Raceway, Joey Logano gets back to victory lane for his first win since 2009. 


Logano passed Mark Martin with four laps to go to earn the win. Logano started the day on the pole and stayed up front almost the whole race. After Logano’s victory, all three Joe Gibbs Racing cars have visited victory lane in 2012. This is Logano’s second career victory, as he won a rain-shortened race in New Hampshire in 2009. 


Trouble started early in the race when Landon Cassill spun around in turn three on lap one. After Cassill spun, he hit Martin Truex Jr hard in the right side of the car and knocked some of the energy absorbent foam out of the car. Other drivers involved include; Juan Pablo Montoya, David Reutimann and A.J Allmendinger, who took a spin through the turn three grass. 


The next caution came out when the No.32 of Reed Sorenson spun up the track and hit the wall. The No.49 of J.J Yeley and the No.36 of Tony Raines also slid up the track and hit the wall. 


On lap 21, Jamie McMurray became the new leader. Then on lap 23, Denny Hamlin passed McMurray for the lead and the first round of green-flag pit stops began. 


Since Pocono was repaved, pit road was also changed with adjustments to the scoring lines and adding an additional check point. These scoring lines measure the speed of drivers on pit road to make sure they are not speeding. 


Under this round of pit stops, there were a record amount of drivers caught for speeding, they include; Brad Keselowski, Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, David Reutimann, Ryan Newman, Travis Kvapil, David Ragan,  Jimmie Johnson and two others. Out of the drivers caught for speeding once, five drivers were caught for speeding on their penalty drive through. The penalties ruined some of these guys’ chances of winning. 


After all the penalties, Hamlin was the leader until Dale Earnhardt Jr. passed him on lap 61. 


On lap 65, Denny Hamlin ran out of fuel attempting to get to pit road which cost him valuable time. 


Not even halfway through the race, a total of 17 drivers were issued a penalty for speeding on pit road. 


David Ragan cut a tire down on lap 74 to bring out the caution. During this caution, Kyle Busch was experiencing engine issues and had to pit. Busch would never re-enter the race, finishing 30th. This is the second week in a row that Busch had an engine problem end his day. 


On lap 92, Matt Kenseth passed teammate Greg Biffle for the race lead. 


Dale Earnhardt Jr. would return to the top spot on lap 109


On lap 123, the caution came out for debris and Joey Logano regained the top spot after coming off pit road first. 


Kasey Kahne got into the turn two wall to bring out the caution on lap 137. During this caution, Hendrick teammates Gordon and Earnhardt Jr. pitted because of potential fuel issues. This likely cost both of them the race because there were no fuel issues they needed to worry about through the end of the race. 


On the restart, Logano was the leader followed by Martin, Hamlin, Stewart and Kenseth. 


The final caution of the day was for debris, bunching up the field one more time. 


On the restart, Mark Martin raced around Logano for the lead. Martin held the lead until four laps to go when Logano gave Martin a little shove, causing Martin to slide up the track and allowing Logano to rocket to the lead. Logano held off Martin for the rest of the race and Logano crossed the finish line first. 


An excited Logano commented in victory lane about getting his first “real” win without the help of Mother Nature by saying “It’s awesome to finally get back to victory lane the right way.” 


Mark Martin was happy with a great performance but he said he “wanted to win so badly.” 


The points were shaken up after a 24th place finish for Biffle. Kenseth is now the point’s leader followed by Earnhardt Jr. Biffle is now third in the standings. 


A great day for Logano ended in victory lane. Logano got his new crew chief, Jason Ratcliff, his first career Sprint Cup win. 


Next week the Sprint Cup Series heads to newly repaved Michigan for another very fast race.
Results  and Point Standings via Nascar.com
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STATUS
1
1
20
Toyota
The Home Depot
48/2
160
Running
2
6
55
Toyota
Aaron’s Dream Machine
43/1
160
Running
3
22
14
Chevrolet
Mobil 1 / Office Depot
41/0
160
Running
4
24
48
Chevrolet
Lowe’s / Kobalt Tools
40/0
160
Running
5
5
11
Toyota
FedEx Express
40/1
160
Running
6
16
15
Toyota
5-hour Energy
38/0
160
Running
7
14
17
Ford
Ford EcoBoost
38/1
160
Running
8
8
88
Chevrolet
National Guard / Diet Mountain Dew
37/1
160
Running
9
3
27
Chevrolet
Menards / Sylvania
35/0
160
Running
10
11
1
Chevrolet
Banana Boat
35/1
160
Running
11
2
99
Ford
Kellogg’s / Cheez-it
33/0
160
Running
12
18
39
Chevrolet
Haas Automation
32/0
160
Running
13
9
9
Ford
DEWALT
31/0
160
Running
14
21
29
Chevrolet
Rheem
30/0
160
Running
15
20
31
Chevrolet
The Armed Forces Foundation
29/0
160
Running
16
7
78
Chevrolet
Furniture Row / Farm American
28/0
160
Running
17
17
42
Chevrolet
Target
28/1
160
Running
18
31
2
Dodge
Miller Lite
26/0
160
Running
19
12
24
Chevrolet
DuPont
25/0
160
Running
20
23
56
Toyota
NAPA Auto Parts
24/0
160
Running
21
25
51
Chevrolet
Phoenix Construction Services
23/0
160
Running
22
27
47
Toyota
Bubba Burgers
22/0
160
Running
23
36
38
Ford
ModSpace / TRG Motorsports
22/1
160
Running
24
13
16
Ford
3M / Rite Aid / NextCare
21/1
160
Running
25
42
10
Chevrolet
Tommy Baldwin Racing
19/0
160
Running
26
37
93
Toyota
Burger King / Dr Pepper
18/0
160
Running
27
34
34
Ford
Taco Bell
18/1
160
Running
28
29
43
Ford
Transportatio-
n Impact
16/0
158
Running
29
10
5
Chevrolet
Farmers Insurance
15/0
139
In Pit
30
4
18
Toyota
M&M’s
14/0
76
Out of Race
31
19
22
Dodge
Shell / Pennzoil
13/0
64
Running
32
40
36
Chevrolet
SealWrap.com
12/0
47
In Pit
33
43
33
Chevrolet
Little Joes A
utos.com
11/0
39
In Pit
34
30
98
Ford
Presbyterian Healthcare System
10/0
37
In Pit
35
26
13
Ford
GEICO
9/0
36
In Pit
36
32
249
Toyota
America Israel Racing / JPO Absorbents
8/0
33
In Pit
37
33
87
Toyota
AM / FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves
0
30
In Pit
38
28
119
Toyota
Humphrey Smith Racing
0
26
In Pit
39
39
74
Chevrolet
Turn One Racing / Country Suites
5/0
24
In Pit
40
38
23
Chevrolet
North Texas Pipe
4/0
19
In Pit
41
41
32
Ford
Herr Foods / Hero Energy Shot
0
12
In Pit
42
35
26
Ford
MDS Transport
2/0
12
In Pit
43
15
83
Toyota
Burger King Real Fruit Smoothies
1/0
1
In Pit


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