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Logano wins at Richmond in a wild finish
Richmond, VA (SportsNetwork.com) - Joey Logano prevailed in a four-car battle for the lead in the closing laps to win Saturday night's Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway.
Logano ran in fourth for the final restart with nine laps to go. Matt Kenseth led the way, but Brad Keselowski and Jeff Gordon battled Kenseth for the top spot following the restart.
While Kenseth, Keselowski and Gordon were bumping into each other, Logano moved to the inside of them and took over the lead with four laps to go. Logano beat Gordon to the finish line by 0.9 seconds for his second win of the 2014 Sprint Cup Series season. His first victory came earlier this month at Texas.
It's the first time Logano won a short-track race in the series. Prior to this event, he had never led a lap at Richmond, a three-quarter-mile track.
"[Kenseth] started blocking the top, because the 2 car [Keselowski] was so fast up top, but eventually I had enough room to turn up underneath him and get enough clean air on the car to take off," Logano said. "This hasn't been a very good racetrack for me in the past, but we had a really good Shell Pennzoil Ford today, and we were able to put it in victory lane."
Kenseth passed Gordon and took the lead for the first time with 39 laps remaining. The race featured nine cautions, with the final three occurring within the final 33 laps.
Logano joined Kevin Harvick as those drivers with multiple wins this season. Logano also locked in his spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, barring he doesn't fall out of the top-30 in points or miss any races. He is currently sixth in the standings.
"This is so cool to win two races already this season, and it is just going to be one heck of a season," he said.
Gordon led the most laps with 173, while Logano ran in front for a total of 46 laps.
"I had a blast tonight," Gordon said. "It was great short-track racing here at Richmond. And to have a race car like that to drive from 25th [starting position] up to the front like that was so much fun. Joey was in the right place there. He had a good short-run car, and we were battling it out."
Kyle Busch finished third, while Logano's Team Penske teammate, Keselowski, took the fourth spot. Kenseth ended up in fifth.
After the race concluded, tempers flared on pit road and in the garage area. Keselowski walked over to Kenseth's car on pit road to express his displeasure towards Kenseth. Keselowski also brake-checked him during the cool-down lap.
"The 20 car [Kenseth] ran me off the racetrack, so I made sure to give him a bump and that was what Joey needed to win the race," Keselowski said. "I'm happy for his team and everybody at Team Penske. I wish it could have been us, but that was the way it goes."
Kenseth claimed he was racing Keselowski hard for the win.
"He was mad because I ran into him a little bit getting into [turn] three, but we're going for the win," Kenseth said. "I ran him up to the third groove or so, but I've witnessed him racing that way a lot."
Casey Mears and Marcos Ambrose had a more dramatic argument after the race, as both drivers traded punches in the garage before crew members from both teams intervened. The two had been battling for position in the final laps. Ambrose finished 18th and Mears 19th.
There were indeed a lot of emotions at the end of this 400-lap race at Richmond.
"The No. 2 was mad at the No. 20, and he [Keselowski] slammed on the brakes after the checkered, and the No. 47 [A.J. Allmendinger] ran into the No. 20, and I ran into the No. 20, and I don't know what that was all about. You know, get over it," Dale Earnhardt Jr. said after his seventh-place finish.
Allmendinger finished sixth, while Ryan Newman, Carl Edwards and Martin Truex Jr. completed the top-10.
04/27 00:22:30 ET
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