Logano wins at Michigan - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

Logano wins at Michigan

Posted: Updated:

Noah Trister

AP Sports Writer

           

BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) - Joey Logano boosted his chances of reaching the Chase for the Sprint Cup, winning for the first time this season in a fuel-mileage race at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday.

           

Logano and Kevin Harvick both breezed past Mark Martin with just over three laps to go in the 400-mile, 200-lap race. Martin had been trying to stretch fuel, but when he faltered, Logano was able to hold off Harvick.

           

Logano entered the weekend in 16th place in the points standings. After winning the pole Friday, he took Sunday's race by 1 second over Harvick, who is safely near the top of the standings.

           

There are three races left before the Chase.

           

Points leader Jimmie Johnson lasted less than 60 laps before engine trouble knocked him out.

           

It was the third Cup win of Logano's career, and it came after he posted the ninth-fastest pole-winning speed in NASCAR history during Friday's qualifying.

           

Johnson, Kyle Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr. were among the big names to have problems, but the race was a clean one for Logano in his No. 22 Ford. He was battling Kurt Busch for the lead at the very start and needed only to outlast Harvick at the end.

           

Kurt Busch did finish third, improving his chances of reaching the Chase as well. He moved from 11th to ninth in the standings.

           

Logano is now 13th, just seven points and one spot behind Martin Truex Jr. for the second wild card.

           

Sunday's race began with 10 of the first 17 laps under caution. There were nine cautions in all, and Logano and Kurt Busch led for 94 of the 200 laps - nearly half the race.

           

The 54-year-old Martin emerged late, making a bid for his first Cup win since 2009, but his fuel didn't hold up. He finished 27th.

           

Johnson finished 40th and is now winless in 24 Cup starts at MIS. His lost weekend began when a practice crash Saturday forced him to use a backup car and start in the back of the field. He quickly made his way into contention before the engine problem ended his day.

           

Logano's win gave Ford a sweep of the two Cup races at Michigan this year. Greg Biffle won in June and finished ninth Sunday.

           

Two of Logano's three wins have come from the pole.

           

Johnson still leads the standings by 41 points over Clint Bowyer.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Family caught by surprise after spotting pig in the ocean in Sullivan's Island

    Family caught by surprise after spotting pig in the ocean in Sullivan's Island

    Friday, July 25 2014 4:31 PM EDT2014-07-25 20:31:49 GMT
    A Seattle family swimming in the ocean off Sullivan's Island were caught by surprise when they spotted a wild pig swimming not too far from them Friday morning.
    A Seattle family swimming in the ocean off Sullivan's Island were caught by surprise when they spotted a wild pig swimming not too far from them Friday morning.
  • Prostitution sting nets 31 arrests

    Prostitution sting nets 31 arrests

    Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
    31 people are in trouble with the law after a three day prostitution sting in Richmond. Police told NBC12 they targeted specific areas where residents and business owners complained about the illegal activity.
  • Vehicle fire causes major traffic back-up in Bland County

    Vehicle fire causes major traffic back-up in Bland County

    Friday, July 25 2014 5:24 PM EDT2014-07-25 21:24:05 GMT
    Image from traffic camera on I-77  in Bland Co.Image from traffic camera on I-77 in Bland Co.
    BLAND COUNTY (WSLS) - A vehicle fire is causing major traffic jams near the East River Mountain Tunnel. The below information is from VDOT's website at 5:00 p.m. I-77N at East River Mountain Tunnel North Description:On I-77 in the County of Bland, at East River Mountain Tunnel North, motorists can expect major delays due to a vehicle fire. The north left shoulder, left lane, right lane, and right shoulder are closed. Traffic backups are approximately 6.0 miles.Last updated:Fri 07/25/2014 4:54...
    BLAND COUNTY (WSLS) - A vehicle fire is causing major traffic jams near the East River Mountain Tunnel. The below information is from VDOT's website at 5:00 p.m. I-77N at East River Mountain Tunnel North Description:On I-77 in the County of Bland, at East River Mountain Tunnel North, motorists can expect major delays due to a vehicle fire. The north left shoulder, left lane, right lane, and right shoulder are closed. Traffic backups are approximately 6.0 miles.Last updated:Fri 07/25/2014 4:54...
Powered by WorldNow

WSLS 10, P.O. Box 10
Roanoke, VA 24022-0010

Telephone: 540.981.9110
Fax: 540.343.3157
Email: news@wsls.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.