The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series was at Michigan International Speedway for the annual Michigan 400. Joey Logano started the race from the pole, and his No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford team was able to keep up on pit strategy and win the race.
Since more drivers win from the pole here at Michigan than not, it would appear that Logano’s win was inevitable. Watching the race showed that it certainly was not. Kurt Busch, who started on the outside pole, looked like he also had the car to beat, passing Logano on numerous occasions.
Near the halfway point the varying pit strategies of all the teams made it very unclear who might win the race. In fact at one point Brad Keselowski, Logano’s teammate, looked like he was going to go for a fuel millage gamble to win the race. It was good he pitted for fuel because Mark Martin was on the same strategy and ran out of fuel with three laps to go, giving the win to Joey Logano.
Logano said, “We are getting closer to the Chase. This was a hard fought win throughout the whole 22 Penske team. We have gone through a lot this season and it is well deserved. Todd Gordon and all the guys gave me a great car today that was capable of winning and they kept tuning it in and getting it a little better and keeping me up front with the right strategy. It was up to me on the last restart and I had to be very aggressive to get by the 29 and do what I had to do and here we are. What a great place to win and a great time to win being in Ford’s back yard and coming up to the Chase like this. Being in Roger’s back yard it was a great opportunity for me and I am glad we delivered.”
Logano led 51 laps, the most of all drivers. Only Kurt Busch was close, leading 43 laps. Between the two of them they lead almost half the race. Kevin Harvick was second and Kurt Busch third. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was the highest finishing rookie with a 19th place finish. This was Logano’s third Cup Series win, tying him with Brian Vickers and Elliott Sadler on the all-time win list.
With this win Joey Logano has put himself into contention for a Wild Card spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Currently he is one spot out. If he can pass Ryan Truex Jr. in the points he would be able to get the final Wild Card Spot. That is of course if Greg Biffle, who has one win and is currently tenth in points, can stay there and not fall out.