Joey Logano cruises to first NASCAR victory of the season at Michigan

Jun 12, 2016; Brooklyn, MI, USA; Sprint Cup Series driver Joey Logano celebrates winning the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Jun 12, 2016; Brooklyn, MI, USA; Sprint Cup Series driver Joey Logano celebrates winning the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

After starting on the pole, Joey Logano led 139 laps of 200 en route to a dominant win on Sunday in he Firekeepers Casino 400 at Michigan for his first win of the season. The victory was Logano’s second win at the track with Team Penske.

The Team Penske driver’s win comes 18 races after his last points win in Talladega, but less than one month removed from his Sprint All-Star Race victory. Following a six-win season, Logano hopes this

Logano had to fight off the hard-charging rookie Chase Elliott and third-year driver Kyle Larson on the final restart with Elliott leading the second-most laps at 35. Penske teammate and Michigan native Brad Keselowski finished fourth with Kevin Harvick rounding out the top five.

Elliott, who now has six top-five finishes in his rookie campaign, is still knocking on the door of his first victory. Unfortunately, he missed on the restart and watched Logano shoot ahead by several car lengths to pull away from both young drivers for an easy win.

“Pit road was fantastic and restarts weren’t,” Elliott said. “I think we had a fantastic opportunity [to win] today, and I messed that up.”

With Logano at just 26 years old, Larson at 23 and Elliott at 20, youth was served on Sunday at Michigan. Similar to Elliott, Larson has experienced a breakthrough season with his third top five coming at Michigan and his fourth race in the last six where he has led a lap.

Kyle Larson edges out Chase Elliott in the Sprint Showdown on Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Image courtesy of @NASCAR.

Kyle Larson edges out Chase Elliott in the Sprint Showdown on Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Image courtesy of @NASCAR.

Michigan also serves as the home track for manufacturers, with Ford coming out on top. It was the 100th win for Roush Yates engines, the engine manufacturer for Team Penske and Ford. Holding off two Chevrolets, engine builder Doug Yates was proud to take home the Heritage Trophy.

“It’s just a special day,” Yates said. “I’ve never been more excited about racing. To win here at Michigan is really special. … We work hand-in-hand with Ford and it’s really a joint effort. Ford works with just one team and we’re really proud to be that one team.”

The race saw Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kyle Busch, two of the biggest names in sport, both crash and finish the race in the garage. Earnhardt’s wreck was caused by rookie Chris Buescher after Junior attempted to go three wide around a turn, leaving A.J. Allmendinger heading to the garage as well.

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“You’ve got a responsibility to try and take care of everybody out there even when you’re three-wide,” Earnhardt said referring to Buescher. “I’m disappointed in that. But, we had a pretty good car and we were just kind of taking our time, there. And the car was great. So, it’s a shame.”

To no ones surprise, Carl Edwards finished sixth for his 10th top-10 result of the year. To everyone’s surprise, Tony Stewart earned his second top 10 after finishing seventh. It was the lone actual top 10 finish for Stewart, who was relieved by Ty Dillon at Talladega, who came away with a sixth-place result.

Austin Dillon, Jamie McMurray and last week’s winner Kurt Busch rounded out the top 10. Here’s a look at the full finishing order before the Father’s Day break next weekend.

  1. Joey Logano
  2. Chase Elliott
  3. Kyle Larson
  4. Brad Keselowski
  5. Kevin Harvick
  6. Carl Edwards
  7. Tony Stewart
  8. Austin Dillon
  9. Jamie McMurray
  10. Kurt Busch
  11. Ryan Newman
  12. Martin Truex Jr.
  13. Kasey Kahne
  14. Matt Kenseth
  15. Trevor Bayne
  16. Jimmie Johnson
  17. Ryan Blaney
  18. Paul Menard
  19. Greg Biffle
  20. Chris Buescher
  21. Danica Patrick
  22. David Ragan
  23. Clint Bowyer
  24. Ty Dillon
  25. Landon Cassill
  26. Aric Almirola
  27. Cole Whitt
  28. Michael Annett
  29. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  30. Josh Wise
  31. Reed Sorenson
  32. Casey Mears
  33. Denny Hamlin
  34. Matt DiBenedetto
  35. Regan Smith
  36. Brian Scott
  37. Jeffrey Earnhardt
  38. A.J. Allmendinger
  39. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  40. Kyle Busch

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