Team Penske’s Joey Logano won the Toyota Owners 400 from Richmond International Raceway Sunday after working his way to the front from the back of the grid.
Logano had started at the very back of the field Sunday after his No. 22 Ford Fusion had to undergo a gearbox change in between qualifying the race. He took the lead on Lap 384 of 400 following a caution period that was brought out after Ryan Blaney hit the wall on Lap 377. After passing a string of six cars that had stayed out on old rubber under the caution, Logano, who was on fresh tires, took an easy lead and held off a hard-charging teammate in Brad Keselowski to take his first win of the 2017 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series season.
“The boys had a great stop which gave us good track position to pass the cars that stayed out,” Logano told NASCAR.com post-race. “We were able to have a good start, work our way past those cars and tried to take off the best I could. I knew the 2 (Keselowski) was so much faster than everybody, and I had to get out there as quick and as far as I could.”
“We executed under pressure today and brought a car home that was a fifth-to-10th-place car to Victory Lane,” he added.
Keselowski crossed the finish line second, making for a strong 1-2 result for Ford and the Team Penske crew. Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota driver Denny Hamlin was third while Roush Fenway Ford’s Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Stewart-Haas Ford’s Kevin Harvick were fourth and fifth, respectively. Chip Ganassi Racing’s Jamie McMurray and Richard Childress Racing’s Ryan Newman were the only Chevrolets inside the top ten.