LOGANO GOES FROM FIFTH TO FIRST IN DRAMATIC COME-FROM-BEHIND WIN AT RICHMOND
Richmond, Virginia (April 27, 2014) - Joey Logano started 17th for Saturday evening’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at Richmond International Raceway (RIR) after qualifying was rained out on Friday and the starting lineup was set by practice speed per the NSCS rulebook.
As soon as the green flag waved, Logano began a methodical charge to the front of the field. He was 15th after 10 laps and broke into the top 10 by lap 28. When a NASCAR-mandated competition caution flag waved, Logano was battling a condition that had the Shell-Pennzoil Ford handling tight in the center of the corners. The issue continued to plague the team throughout the evening.
By lap 87, Logano had worked his way into the top five and he continued to run at the front for the remainder of the race. It was evident that the Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion was very fast on short runs. For 25 laps, Logano was among the strongest in the field, but the same tight-center condition would hamper him as he would fall back on longer runs. Despite the handling issues, Logano was able to race his way to the lead on lap 243 but then fell back to third place.
For the rest of the race, Logano would race to the lead early in a stint but then drop back as the green-flag runs panned out. With less than 30 laps remaining, Logano found himself running sixth entering the final pit stop of the night. The Shell-Pennzoil crew got him out of the pits in fourth place for the final sprint to the checkered flag.
Another restart with just nine laps to go saw Logano lose ground to the top-three runners. However, as the leaders began to battle, Logano raced his way into the mix and made a daring move to pass all three front runners with just three laps to go. After taking the top spot, Logano raced to the victory, his second of the season and his second in the last three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events.
The victory all but locked Logano into the post-season Chase for the Sprint Cup. Logano led the race four times for 46 laps on the evening. It was Logano’s fifth-career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win and his third with Team Penske.
The win moved Logano up two positions in the Sprint Cup Series point standings. He is now ranked sixth, 49 points behind leader Jeff Gordon.
The NSCS will now move from one of the shortest tracks on the circuit to the largest at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend. The race can be seen live on FOX at 1:00 pm ET.