Joey Logano wins his first NASCAR Sprint Cup race of 2016
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
On Sunday, NASCAR win of the in the at the in , . The 200-lap race began with Logano starting from the , and featured nine cautions and fourteen lead changes between eight different drivers.driver claimed his first
Despite starting first, Logano was quickly overtaken on the first lap bydriver . Truex led the race until Logano reclaimed the first position on lap ten, a position he would keep until the the first cycle of green flag around lap 40. Logano's teammate took the lead during the pit stop cycle by staying out on the track. Keselowski, low on gasoline, led until a caution came out for a spin by Truex around lap 46. During the caution, Keselowski pitted and returned the lead back to his teammate, who led the race until lap 93.
Two other cautions slowed the race between the first caution and lap 93. The first occurred when's engine failed around lap 53, forcing the driver to a last-place finish in the race. The other caution was caused by contact between the cars of , , and ten laps later. Between laps 93 and 103, , , Keselowski, , and led at least one lap. Logano returned to the lead on lap 104, a few laps before a caution when 's car caught fire. After the caution, Logano remained in first until driver passed him on lap 117.
Elliott kept the lead until lap 149, when he was briefly passed by Logano. Elliott retook the lead for three more laps on lap 150 before returning the lead back to Logano, who led until the seventh caution was called around lap 156 for of a collision between, , and . Logano held the lead on the ensuing restart and led through two more caution periods that were called in the final 50 laps. The first began around lap 164 because of a collision involving Johnson, , and , while the final caution of the race was called with about ten laps remaining after suffered a tire puncture on the front straightaway and collided into the . On the final restart, Logano retained the first position and led the remainder of the race to capture the fifteenth win of his career.
After the race, Logano, who led a race-high of 138 laps, praised his team, saying "Team Penske gave me a great race car. Everyone did a great job figuring out exactly what this car was going to do. This is's backyard, Roger [ ]'s backyard; this is a great win". Elliott, who finished second in the race, expressed disappointment with his result, claiming he "messed up" by not using the correct gear. Larson, Keselowski, and completed the top-five finishers, while finished in the sixth position. finished seventh ahead of and , who finished eighth and ninth. completed the first ten positions with a tenth-place finish. In post-race inspection, Larson's car did not pass laser inspection, prompting NASCAR to impound his car so it can be further evaluated. Any possible penalties are to be announced in the next week.
In the drivers' championship, Harvick led Kurt Busch and Keselowski with 526 points. Edwards and Logano were fourth and fifth with 472 and 455 points. Elliott was sixth with 453, followed by Johnson with 441. Truex was scored eighth ahead of Kyle Busch and, who completed the top-ten. The 2016 season is scheduled to continue on June 26 with the at .
|1||1||22||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Ford||200||138||45|
|2||10||24||Chase Elliott (R)||Hendrick Motorsports||200||35||40|
|4||15||2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||200||10||38|
|7||3||14||Tony Stewart||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||200||0||34|
|9||14||1||Jamie McMurray||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||200||0||32|
|10||17||41||Kurt Busch||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||200||0||31|
|(R) – Rookie|
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