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Joey Logano 'just fast enough' to win at Richmond

Joey Logano, who started 37th after making a transmission change, celebrates after winning at Richmond International Raceway. “We didn’t get lucky,’’ he says. “We were able to just do what we know how to do.”

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Joey Logano, who started 37th after making a transmission change, celebrates after winning at Richmond International Raceway. “We didn’t get lucky,’’ he says. “We were able to just do what we know how to do.”

RICHMOND, Va. — Joey Logano smiled as if he'd stolen something and got away with it, and that wasn't far from the truth.

Logano passed distracted and dominant Penske Racing teammate Brad Keselowski on one restart and then pulled away on another with about 20 laps to go to win the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway on Sunday.

"We were just fast enough to break through and kind of steal a win," Logano said. "We had a decent car. We were in the lead when the caution came out there and we looked like we were in pretty good shape, and then, obviously, to have the good pit stops and all that, I don't know if you'd call that stealing. We didn't get lucky. We were able to just do what we know how to do."

Logano, who qualified fifth but started 37th after making a transmission change, grabbed the lead when Keselowski had to make a defensive move to keep Kyle Busch from passing him on the inside. His 18th career victory came in his 300th career start.

"I was driving my guts out out there," Logano said. "That's all I had. We won with a car that may not have been a winning car, so that's something to be very proud of as a team. Brad was the fastest car. He was so fast."

Keselowski got stuck behind some slower cars on the final restart, letting Logano pull away by nearly two seconds.

"I think what we needed was about 10 more laps," Keselowski said. He led six times for 110 laps

On the final restart, Logano had to get around Kyle Larson and five others who stayed on the track when everyone else pitted. He made quick work of that challenge and pulled away while Keselowski and Denny Hamlin got caught in traffic dueling for the second position.

"That's part of how this racing deal works; the fastest car doesn't always win," Keselowski said.

Keselowski held on for second, followed by Hamlin, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Kevin Harvick. Dale Earnhardt Jr., in his first race since announcing he will retire at the end of the season, finished 30th.

FORMULA ONE: Valtteri Bottas fended off hard-charging Sebastian Vettel to claim his first Formula One win in the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi. Bottas started third but beat second-placed Kimi Raikkonen off the start and slipstreamed past Vettel to lead at the end of the first straight. A damaged tire later in the race helped Vettel close in, but Bottas won by 0.6 seconds.

NHRA: Steve Torrence won the Top Fuel event in the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway. Torrence had a 3.783-second pass at 323.89 mph. He beat points leader Leah Pritchett, Tony Schumacher and Terry McMillen in the final round.

Joey Logano 'just fast enough' to win at Richmond 04/30/17 [Last modified: Sunday, April 30, 2017 10:17pm]
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