Logano pulls away to win at Richmond

Posted May 01, 2017

Who... gets my shoutout of the race?

Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch and Clint Bowyer have two RIR triumphs each. Kenseth became just the second Joe Gibbs Racing driver to win a stage this season, joining Kyle Busch, who won the first stage of the Daytona 500. This comes after, at one point, falling a lap down during the race with an ill-handling race vehicle. The gamble paid off when a caution came out just 10 laps later because of some trouble with Ryan Blaney's auto.

"I'm not really anxious", Hamlin said.

"Really what we needed was about 10 more laps", Keselowski, who was done in by a series of late cautions and pit stops, said. I was glad it came out, because I thought we missed the opportunity the run before to stay out.

"We haven't gotten better", Hamlin said.

What... is the takeaway from this race?

Points leader Kyle Larson placed finished 14th.

Logano started from the rear after a post-qualifying transmission change, but when the checkered flag waved after Lap 400, the driver of the #22 Team Penske Ford was at the head of the field, having held off a banzai charge from teammate Brad Keselowski during a 19-lap green-flag run. Larson and Elliott have been contenders in every race this season, expect them to be fast in The Commonwealth.

Was Bristol just a stumble for Kyle Larson? .

There aren't a ton of drivers who started racing in the Cup Series from 2008 to 2012.

Hopefully when he does the night race later this year, Heyman doesn't bring Lesnar to the track, unless he is there with Kevin Harvick since each have Jimmy Johns as a sponsor. And these were Rookie of the Year winners from those years.

"Just a heartbreaking day", Jones said.

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Average Speed of Race Winner: 93.685 miles per hour.

STAGE 2: Brad Keselowski won the second stage after taking the lead from pole victor Matt Kenseth on Lap 164. The second stage was taken by Keselowski.

When... did it all get sideways?

It's easy to forget that before suffering the concussion that sidelined him the second half of last season, NASCAR's most popular driver was performing solidly. Instead, there was some teammate drama at Hendrick Motorsports.

CAUTIONS: 9 for 53 laps. Busch was vividly upset after the race, and when Fox Sports asked him about it, Busch simply said, "Balls and strikes". 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. The penalty sent him to the rear of the field and all Busch could do was settle for a 16th-place finish.

Penske risked it at the following caution, the penultimate one of the race, by keeping Keselowski and Logano out on track and Logano then snatched the lead from his team-mate.

A mix of strategy, treachery, and luck.

His season has gone from subpar by his standards to great in the past two races. But a caution 10 laps after the restart put both Penske cars back on cycle with everybody.

Then disaster struck. Running up in the top two and waiting on a caution to fly, Earnhardt got loose and slammed into the wall. Now that the weight of the retirement announcement is off his shoulders, Dale Earnhardt Jr. can focus on performing well in his final races and Richmond could be the place for a breakthrough win.

Pretty special win, he said.

Which... manufacturer reigns supreme at Richmond? He is a four-time victor at Richmond. Throwing away last year's dismal results, Richmond has been a good circuit for Bowyer as he has two wins and eight top fives to go along with twelve top ten finishes.

Jamie McMurray finished sixth in the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway after starting the race 10th.