Joey Logano ended a 104-race winless drought with a traditional NASCAR Sprint Cup bump and run on Mark Martin.
Winless since the rain shortened race at New Hampshire almost three years ago Logano was racing for his career as his contract with Joe Gibbs Racing ends this year.
Logano radioed his crew “It was awesome to get in to victory lane the right way.”
Although he started on the pole and was good on restarts Logano got beat by the 53-year old Martin on the final restart with eight laps to go.
“I really stuck my neck out on the line to get that lead, almost pulled it off the restart before, and I was willing to risk it all to try to get the lead,” said Martin.
With four laps to go Logano used the classic NASCAR move them out-of-the-way maneuver tapping Martin’s rear and that was the race.
“I saw the bobble (Martin’s error) off of (turn three) it was my chance,” Logano explained. "I was going to be on suicide watch if I gave (a win) away like that," Logano added.
Martin always the gentleman said “"Joey was a little bit stronger. We would have certainly got up and raced for the win after that if we had the chance.”
The race, which had been reduced from its’ traditional 500 miles to 400 miles, started off with a number of crashes.
And Logano’s teammate, Kyle Busch a legitimate title contender suffered his second engine failure in-a-row. “It's very frustrating,” Busch said. “These guys here at Joe Gibbs Racing and everybody on this No. 18 team deserve better than this."
Tony Stewart finished third in a Chevrolet.
Matt Kenseth now has a ten-point lead over Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
The 2.5 mile which had just been repaved vexed the drivers with 22 pit lane speeding penalties far eclipsing the previous record of seven. NASCAR’s vice president of competition, Robin Pemberton said that it may have been due to the new pavement and placement of timing loops in the pits.
Five-time champion, Jimmie Johnson, struggled back from two speeding penalties to finish fourth. His explanation was "there is a segment where something is just not like it normally is. There is something wrong with the timing loop. Normally when we hit the orange line, we go, and I did that the first time we got nailed. The second time I waited until the (car) was over (the line) and got nailed."
Joey Logano led a race high 48-laps for his second Cup win and went a long way to his future in the Sprint Cup Series despite his winning ways in the Nationwide Series.
As for the skeptics “I hope it shuts them all up,” he said. “I haven't been informed on where I stand for next year yet, so it's all up in the air. Obviously winning a race means a lot and it helps that out a ton. For sure right now my future is not set with anybody. You need to go out there and win races, not like we always do, but to get this win means a lot.”