Joey Logano’s win at Texas gives Ford its third victory of NASCAR Sprint Cup season: Win gives series 7 distinct winners in 7 races

Win provides series 7 different winners in 7 races

By: John Sturbin, NASCAR News Wire on April 6, 2014


Joey Logano celebrates his initial NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win of the… Photo by LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC.


Joey Logano took a giant leap towards a spot in the NASCAR Chase with his… Photograph by LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC.


Joey Logano takes the checkered flag at Texas Motor Speedway…. Photo by LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC.


Joey Logano grew to become the 6th diverse winner in 7 races this NASCAR … Photograph by LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC.

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Jeff Gordon was passed by Joey Logano on the final lap…. Photograph by GM Information Photograph.

Joey Logano’;s “Final 4” at Texas Motor Speedway had nothing to do with the NCAA Men’;s Basketball Championship set for Monday evening in nearby Arlington.

Logano and crew chief Todd Gordon’;s determination to pit for 4 Goodyear Dual Zone tires for the duration of the final caution period of the rain-delayed Duck Commander 500 propelled the Team Penske star to his very first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory of 2014 and third of the season for Ford.

“We’;ve been in contention each race this year to win, and I’;m proud to be a component of that,” stated Logano, who extended a streak that has created 7 different winners in as several Sprint Cup races. “I felt quite assured about this race. For some purpose I informed Todd, I explained, ‘We’;re going to win this week’; and I was mad when we did not get the pole. But I felt like we had a automobile that could win nowadays.”

Logano, 23, scored his very first career victory on TMS’; 1.5-mile quad-oval and 4th in 190 profession Sprint Cup begins at the expense of 4-time series champion Jeff Gordon under a green-white-checkered-flag finish that extended the race to 340 laps from the originally scheduled 334.

Logano, driver of the No. 22 Shell Pennzoil / Hertz Ford Fusion, passed Gordon via a crossover move on the inside heading into turn one on lap 340 en route to margin of victory of .476 seconds. Kyle Busch completed third with Brian Vickers and Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Kyle Larson rounding out a best 5 that was shuffled by the day’;s 6th and ultimate caution on lap 333.

Logano was functioning on a 3.053-2nd lead more than teammate Brad Keselowski when Kurt Busch, winner of final week’;s race at Martinsville Speedway, brushed the outside wall in turn 2. Throughout the ensuing pit stops, Logano and Keselowski opted for 4 tires and fuel. Gordon, of Hendrick Motorsports, and Vickers, of Michael Waltrip Racing, opted for proper-side rubber only and exited pit road one-2.

“When you have got 40-something laps soon after the last pit stop and a pretty sizeable lead, truly, all you happen to be considering is, ‘Where’;s the white flag?'” Logano mentioned. “Brad was ready to catch us a tiny bit and then you go into turn 1 and see the No. 41 (of Kurt Busch) up against the wall and you are like, ‘Please, no caution.’; And, of course — boom — it comes out and you are like, ‘You’;ve got to be kidding me.’; So you get so mad that you can barely handle your self. Genuinely, I was just so mad.

“And then he (Todd Gordon) made a last-minute determination to put fuel in it, gave me much better balance for what I essential and the guys manufactured the ‘money quit.’; I was the initial man out with 4 tires on.”

Similarly, Gordon praised crew chief Alan Gustafson for a “great call” to go with 2 tires on the last quit offered his standing when the yellow flew. “I suggest, coming in sixth, you happen to be in that position that you can gamble,” explained Gordon, driver of the No. 24 Axalta / Texas A&M School of Engineering Chevrolet SS. “You happen to be not going to win it with 4 (tires),you’;re not going to win it with none. I knew it was going to be challenging to hold people guys off.

“I acquired a fairly very good restart, so I was pleased about that. Acquired by means of (turns) 1 and 2. I was shocked I was foremost off of 2, to be sincere. I want I would have run a tiny bit higher down (turns) 3 and 4. I am confident Joey was going to go wherever I didn’;t. Almost certainly would have been a tiny bit much better off on the prime. He crossed over and received into the back of me fairly very good. At that stage I was just pondering, ‘I want to finish.’; Looked out my mirror, these guys had been racing tough behind me. A fantastic second-area finish for me.”

Kyle Busch, winner of this occasion last 12 months, said he was searching at solid third-area benefits prior to the last sequence. “Of program, the inevitable comes out with the yellow and you have to come down and get tires — just way as well extended out there on tires,” stated Busch, driver of the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry fielded by Joe Gibbs Racing. “I chose 4 just because I absolutely killed my stuff about 3 laps prior to that caution coming out so I knew that was our only chance. Just drove the hell out of it there these last 2 laps and got all she could and come home third. Good, deserving finish for us here.”

Keselowski was poised to give group proprietor Roger Penske a slam-dunk one-2 finish behind his teammate when the last caution flew. Keselowski exited the pits 4th with 4 tires, one particular spot behind Logano. But he was charged with speeding off pit road — a miscue that dropped him to 15th.

“That last caution was a shame,” stated Keselowski, driver of the No. 2 Miller Lite Ford. “I was just making an attempt to get a minor also much on pit road and wanted to get us out front to be in a position to win the race and tried a minor too tough. We’;re in it for wins. We’;re not in it for finishing second.”

Gordon emerged as the new points leader following HMS teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. crashed out of the occasion on lap twelve, finished 43rd and dropped to sixth in the standings. Gordon holds a 4-stage (259-255) lead above Matt Kenseth of Joe Gibbs Racing heading into Saturday night’;s Bojangles’; Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Duck Commander 500


At Texas Motor Speedway

Fort Well worth, Texas

Lap length: 1.5 miles

(Begin place in parentheses)

one. (10) Joey Logano, Ford, 340 laps, 133 rating, 48 factors.

2. (12) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 340, 121.6, 43.

3. (29) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 340, 113.4, 42.

4. (23) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 340, 93.8, 40.

5. (14) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 340, 104.6, 39.

6. (4) Greg Biffle, Ford, 340, 110.2, 38.

7. (26) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 340, 85.6, 37.

8. (25) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 340, 100.6, 37.

9. (13) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 340, 85.6, 35.

10. (1) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 340, 101.2, 35.

eleven. (32) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 340, 92.4, 33.

twelve. (17) Aric Almirola, Ford, 340, 80.4, 32.

13. (6) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 340, 101.6, 32.

14. (5) Carl Edwards, Ford, 340, 84.9, thirty.

15. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 340,, thirty.

sixteen. (8) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 340, 86.4, 28.

17. (15) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 340, 93.9, 27.

18. (18) Martin Truex Jr., Chevrolet, 340, 72, 26.

19. (7) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 339, 75.7, .

twenty. (9) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 339, 75.8, 24.

21. (20) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 339, 61.1, 23.

22. (39) David Gilliland, Ford, 339, 63, 22.

23. (33) A J Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 339, 56.5, 21.

24. (22) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 339, 62.4, 20.

25. (sixteen) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 338, 53, 19.

26. (31) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 338, 56.3, 18.

27. (24) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 338, 53.2, 17.

28. (21) Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 338,, sixteen.

29. (27) Michael Annett, Chevrolet, 337, 52.5, 15.

30. (28) Michael McDowell, Ford, 335, 56.9, 14.

31. (42) Cole Whitt, Toyota, 335, 39.2, 13.

32. (thirty) Alex Bowman, Toyota, 335, 41.5, twelve.

33. (38) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, 334,, 12.

34. (forty) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 334, 32.3, .

35. (43) David Ragan, Ford, 334, 28.6, 9.

36. (41) Josh Smart, Chevrolet, 333, 33, 8.

37. (37) Travis Kvapil, Ford, 332, 36.3, 6.

38. (34) David Reutimann, Ford, 332, 39.3, 6.

39. (11) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, accident, 327, 60.6, 5.

40. (36) Parker Kligerman, Toyota, overheating, 313, 31.6, 4.

41. (35) Dave Blaney, Ford, steering, 272, 34.6, 3.

42. (3) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, engine, 28, 43.4, 3.

43. (19) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, accident, twelve, 28.9, 1.

Race Statistics

Common Velocity of Race Winner: 134.191 mph.

Time of Race: 3 hrs, 48 minutes, 2 seconds.

Margin of Victory: .476 seconds.

Caution Flags: 6 for 49 laps.

Lead Changes: 18 among 9 drivers.

Lap Leaders: T.Stewart 1-24 K.Harvick 25 T.Stewart 26-50 R.Sorenson 51 T.Stewart 52-76 B.Keselowski 77-96 J.Gordon 97-98 B.Keselowski 99-121 D.Hamlin 122-140 J.Gordon 141-142 Ky.Busch 143-152 J.Gordon 153-183 B.Keselowski 184-225 J.Logano 226-299 D.Hamlin 300 C.Bowyer 301 J.Logano 302-334 J.Gordon 335-339 J.Logano 340.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Instances Led, Laps Led): J.Logano, 3 instances for 108 laps B.Keselowski, 3 instances for 85 laps T.Stewart, 3 occasions for 74 laps J.Gordon, 4 instances for forty laps D.Hamlin, 2 instances for twenty laps Ky.Busch, 1 time for 10 laps C.Bowyer, one time for 1 lap R.Sorenson, one time for 1 lap K.Harvick, 1 time for 1 lap.

Wins: Ku.Busch, 1 Ky.Busch, one D.Earnhardt Jr., one C.Edwards, one K.Harvick, one Bra.Keselowski, 1 J.Logano, one.

Top twelve in Points: one. J.Gordon, 259 2. M.Kenseth, 255 3. C.Edwards, 247 4. J.Logano, 235 5. Ky.Busch, 231 6. D.Earnhardt Jr., 228 7. J.Johnson, 228 8. Bra.Keselowski, 218 9. B.Vickers, 205 10. P.Menard, 203 11. R.Newman, 202 12. A.Dillon, 202.

NASCAR Driver Rating Formula

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The formula combines the following classes: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Common Operating Position Although on Lead Lap, Average Velocity Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish.

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