Logano roars to victory in Richmond

Posted May 01, 2017

"Yeah, it was about as good as we had", Hamlin said. "Really what we needed was about 10 more laps". It's led by the same guy who works with WWE part of the year alongside one of their talents, one who is part-time but is extremely revered as an individual that pretty much gets his way in the long run. "You get such a good experience through your cellphone, so the way we measure attendance and we measure TV ratings and all that - it's always skewed because we live in a different world now".

What... is the takeaway from this race? That allowed Logano to pit and pull away from leader Kyle Larson on fresh tires after a restart with 18 laps remaining.

There was Keselowski, who finished second despite leading for 110 laps and claiming the second stage of the race.

There aren't a ton of drivers who started racing in the Cup Series from 2008 to 2012. But teams will have to deal more with a hot, slick surface than clouds today, and without a whole lot of recent history to fall back on since the Toyota Owners 400 just switched back to a daytime race previous year. And these were Rookie of the Year winners from those years.

Keselowski was in sixth place at the end of stage one.

"Third is a great starting spot here", Truex said. Joey Logano won the 2014 race but will start from the rear after a transmission change on his No. 22 Ford, along with Austin Dillon, whose No. 3 failed pre-race inspection five times this weekend.

The first stage of the race was won by Matt Kenseth, who led all 100 of the opening laps.

He had won stage two and led 124 laps but missed out on victory by just eight tenths of a second.

But as he was following eventual race victor Joey Logano into the pits on lap 378, Busch swerved to get as low as he could around the orange box but could not get all four tires below.

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With his retirement, Earnhardt will join Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon and Carl Edwards in walking away from racing. It was his second penalty of the day following an earlier one for speeding entering the pits.

When... did it all get sideways? Stenhouse posted his second top five of the season, matching his result at Phoenix. Instead, there was some teammate drama at Hendrick Motorsports.

Ryan Newman, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. all took a chance when the rest of the field started making green-flag stop with about 80 laps to go. Coming out of turn two, Johnson was on Earnhardt's inside and apparently wasn't aware that the sport's most popular driver was hugging the high line.

"He said he didn't see us", Earnhardt said of Johnson.

CAUTIONS: 9 for 53 laps.

"Balls and strikes", is all Busch said after the race in response to the call. Jones appeared to make contact on the opening lap with Kasey Kahne, whose No. 5 Chevrolet also suffered some slight damage to the right front.

Gaulding finished 13th in an Xfinity Series race this past fall at RIR, where he once won the pole in the K&N Pro Series East - a top feeder to NASCAR's Cup, Xfinity and Truck series.

A mix of strategy, treachery, and luck.

With a strong auto underneath him, Logano continued to move up the field and found himself in the top five at the pitstop phase under the seventh caution, caused by Dale Earnhardt Jr spinning with a punctured left-rear tyre.