Joey Logano showed on Sunday that maybe the sliced bread hasn’t gone stale, after all. The driver formally known as “Sliced Bread,” as in the best thing since, claimed his second-career win on Sunday when he took the checkered flag in the Pocno 400 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway. His one other career win came back in 2009 in a rain-shortened event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
“It feels awesome to finally win one the right way,” Logano told his team over the radio right after taking the checkered flag.
Meanwhile, Mark Martin cemented his status as the perennial Pocono runner-up, with yet another second-place finish at the track — his seventh-career Pocono second.
“I wanted to win it so bad,” Martin said. “I fought for it tooth and nail.
Much of the action in the race took place on pit road. Pit strategies varied throughout the race, from taking a road-course run the race backwards mentality to stopping to top off for fuel anytime the opportunity presented itself.
Apparently, one opportunity that presented itself often throughout the race, especially early on, was the opportunity to speed on pit road. About a third of the drivers in the race were caught speeding on pit road at least once, and some, including Jimmie Johnson, were nabbed for speeding twice.
The varying pit strategies produced several leaders throughout the race, including Matt Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt Jr. who battled in the top-two positions throuhout the middle portion of the race.
After leading several laps, pit strategy sent Earnhardt back through the field in the late-going. He made a pit stop for fuel during a caution with 24 laps to go, shuffling back to 16th for the restart.
During that same caution, Logano, Martin and others stayed out, putting those two drivers on the front row for the restart. Logano restarted first and held the lead until another caution came out with 11 laps to go.
Martin got by Logano on the restart, but with four laps to go, Martin’s No. 55 bobbled, causing Logano to make contact. After the contact, Logano took the lead and drove on to the win, relegating Martin to second, again.
Tony Stewart finished third, and Johnson overcame his speeding penalties for fourth. Denny Hamlin rounded out the top-five, and Clint Bowyer was sixth
Kenseth and Earnhardt finished seventh and eighth to take over first and second in the championship points standings. Greg Biffle, the points leader heading into Pocono, fell to third when and engine problem resulted in a 24th-place race finish.
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