Joey Logano started fast and closed strong Sunday at Michigan International Speedway, dominating the day in marching to his first points-paying win of the season. The Team Penske driver started from the pole, led 30 of the first 40 laps and sealed the deal by keeping his #22 Ford in front over the final 48 trips around the 2-mile Irish Hills oval. Logano led 138 of the 200 laps run Sunday, backing up last month’s victory in the Sprint All-Star Race with his 15th career Cup Series win.
The margin of victory was 0.88 of a 2nd over rookie runner-up Chase Elliott. Kyle Larson came home in 3rd place with Michigan native Brad Keselowski running 4th and regular-season points leader Kevin Harvick completing the top 5. With team owner Roger Penske celebrating 50 years in motor sports this season, Sunday’s victory by Logano was the team’s 50th with Ford Motor Company.
Youth was served on Sunday with the average age of the top 3 finishers – Logano, Elliott and Larson – just 23 years old, the youngest average age for the top 3 finishers in a Sprint Cup race in NASCAR’s 68-year history.
Kurt Busch finished 10th, not only bidding for his 2nd straight win of this season but his 2nd consecutive victory in Michigan’s June race. Although he missed another trip to Victory Lane, Busch did hold onto 2nd place in the regular-season standings and now trails leader Harvick by 30 points heading into an off-weekend. The Sprint Cup Series will then resume June 26th in Sonoma, California.
– story by John Singler