Ford Racing Completes The Bristol Sweep With Joey Logano’s Win

by August 24, 2014

Photo Credit: Wayne Thomas

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Leading 76 laps, Joey Logano held off his Team Penske teammate, Brad Keselowski for the win in the IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday night.

The win marks Logano’s third of the season. He won at Texas Motor Speedway back in March and at Richmond International Raceway in April. With Brad Keselowski winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Wednesday, Ryan Blaney winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Friday and then Logano in Victory Lane on Saturday, it was the first time since August of 2006 at Bristol Motor Speedway since Ford Racing last swept a race weekend.

“It’s a really big one,” Logano said. “You know, I feel like the Bristol night race is maybe the third or fourth biggest race of the year, just the atmosphere before the race. If it doesn’t pump you up, nothing does. It’s just the baddest, mamma jamma racetrack ever built. You’ve got to hustle the car so hard.”

The first caution of the night for an accident occurred on lap 62 when JJ Yeley, Brett Moffitt, Ryan Truex and Josh Wise got together in turn two.
On lap 126, the caution flew once again. Brian Vickers slid up into Kyle Larson while exiting turn two. In a chain reaction, Larson hit the outside wall, while Vickers spun and collected Aric Almirola. Clint Bowyer got into the back of Kyle Busch, sending him into the inside wall.

“We were catching a slower lapped car, I think it was the 7, and we were all starting to find our way to the bottom because the 7 was clogging up the top lane,” Almirola said. “The 55 started to cheat his way down there since I was already inside of him and the 42 got to his outside, I guess, and the 55 got together with him. It’s frustrating. It’s certainly not the way we wanted to end our day. I certainly didn’t want to wreck another race car. We’ve had a terrible six weeks since we won at Daytona. It seems like we’ve been kind of cursed or something, but we’ll get back on track. We’ve got to keep our heads up and look at the positives. We had some really fast race cars here at Bristol.”

Following the restart, Kevin Harvick turned Denny Hamlin along the frontstretch 26 laps later. With nowhere to go, Dale Earnhardt Jr. nailed Hamlin’s car. After the chaos, Denny Hamlin got out of his car and threw his HANS device at Harvick’s car.

“I’m just frustrated because we had a good run going,” Hamlin said. “I thought for sure after the first couple runs that we were going to win the race. We were really fast and we were on two tires there holding our own and pulling away from the pack mostly. I got caught up a little bit in traffic, but overall pretty happy with our FedEx Ground Toyota today. Our teammates looked like they were running strong before they had incidents. These are the race tracks we have to capitalize on. With what we’ve got and everything, these are the tracks where we can get wins and get some momentum going for the Chase — it’s still not going to stop our momentum because we ran strong and we had a car that could win tonight. It just didn’t work out. Mistakes happen in racing. Obviously, I believe that Kevin (Harvick) made a mistake tonight and that’s just part of it. I was just on the short end of the stick.”

Dale Earnahrdt Jr. said, “I couldn’t see what happened to Denny (Hamlin), but he got turned around or something and was coming up the track. There was a lot of smoke so I couldn’t really judge the speed of his car to know whether I needed to be going up there and go around him on the top. “I had to make that choice. “I just went ahead and went to the top and ended up getting into him. “It wasn’t too hard of a hit just did a lot of damage and tore the lower (control arm) off the left-front.”

In the closing laps, Joey Logano had to navigate through heavy traffic with teammate, Brad Keselowski chasing him down for the lead. In the end, Keselowski just couldn’t get alongside and had to settle for second, a Team Penske one-two finish.

“All three drivers winning races this weekend,” Keselowski said. “I think that’s a testament to how bright the future is for Team Penske and I look for more big things to come and years to come, but certainly don’t want to lose sight of tonight’s accomplishments and accomplishments to date. I feel like Joey and I both have three wins. We’re entering the Chase strong in a lot of different ways, and I think we’re both legitimate threats to win the championship this year and I’m proud of that, and along with the Nationwide car and success they had last night, then winning in the Truck Series just a huge weekend, not just for me personally but for everyone at Team Penske and hopefully we can keep the momentum rolling in the weeks to come.”

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will travel to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Oral-B USA 500 on Sunday, August 31. The race will be live on ESPN and Performance Racing Network (PRN) at 7:30 p.m. EST.

IRWIN Tools Night Race Results:
1.) #22 Joey Logano
2.) #2 Brad Keselowski
3.) #20 Matt Kenseth
4.) #48 Jimmie Johnson
5.) #41 Kurt Busch
6.) #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
7.) #99 Carl Edwards
8.) #1 Jamie McMurray
9.) #27 Paul Menard
10.) #16 Greg Biffle
11.) #4 Kevin Harvick
12.) #42 Kyle Larson
13.) #31 Ryan Newman
14.) #47 AJ Allmendinger
15.) #14 Jeff Burton
16.) #24 Jeff Gordon
17.) #15 Clint Bowyer
18.) #95 Michael McDowell
19.) #51 Justin Allgaier
20.) #78 Martin Truex Jr.
21.) #55 Brian Vickers
22.) #40 Landon Cassill
23.) #34 David Ragan
24.) #36 Reed Sorenson
25.) #38 David Gilliland
26.) #13 Casey Mears
27.) #10 Danica Patrick
28.) #3 Austin Dillon
29.) #98 Josh Wise
30.) #26 Cole Whitt
31.) #33 David Stremme
32.) #23 Alex Bowman
33.) #32 JJ Yeley
34.) #9 Marcos Ambrose
35.) #5 Kasey Kahne
36.) #18 Kyle Busch
37.) #83 Ryan Truex
38.) #7 Michael Annett
39.) #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
40.) #11 Denny Hamlin
41.) #43 Aric Almirola
42.) #66 Brett Moffitt
43.) #37 Dave Blaney