NASCAR Sprint Cup Series “Geico 500”

Joey Logano held off a late challenge from Kurt Busch to claim victory on Sunday in the Geico 500, extending Ford’s recent domination at Talladega Superspeedway and snapping Kyle Busch’s three-race winning streak. Logano completely controlled the second half of the race’s final stage, keeping his #22 Team Penske Ford in front over the final 42 laps in notching his 19th series victory and third on the sprawling Alabama oval. Logano’s margin of victory over Kurt Busch was 0.12 of a second.

Chase Elliott came home in 3rd place and pole winner Kevin Harvick ran fourth. Defending race winner Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., bidding to become just the 5th driver in the track’s 49 year history with back-to-back victories in the spring event, completed the top five. Ford has now won six straight Cup Series races at Talladega dating back to the 2015 season.

Kyle Busch, seeking to become the first driver with four straight wins since Jimmie Johnson in 2007, finished fourth in yesterday’s opening stage but failed to lead a lap and wound up in 13th place overall. He was one of 21 drivers running on the lead lap with Logano at the checkered flag. Sunday’s race included 25 lead changes, just one fewer than last year and there were six cautions for 29 laps.

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– story by John Singler
www.mrn.com
Concord, North Carolina

 

Top 10 Drivers in the Standings as of 4/29/2018

1. Kyle Busch @ 447 points
2. Joey Logano (-30)
3. Kevin Harvick (-81)
4. Clint Bowyer (-112)
5. Kurt Busch (-127)
6. Brad Keselowski (-130)
7. Denny Hamlin (-133)
8. Ryan Blaney (-134)
9. Martin Truex, Jr. (-144)
10. Kyle Larson (-167)

For the complete driver standings, please visit the official page on nascar.com.

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