Joey Logano dominated Monday’s rain-delayed FireKeepers 400 for his third win at Michigan International Speedway and the 23rd of his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career.
Logano led 163 from the pole and held off Kurt Busch in an overtime finish to take his second checkered flag of the 2019 season.
“Man, this feels so good,” Logano said. “Winning at Michigan means so much to Team Penske and Ford. Being able to pull into this Victory Lane, see everybody, means so much. A day like that, you don’t get those days all the time.
“The best car, the best team. We executed perfectly all the way through. Ultimately able to bring the Shell Pennzoil Ford into Victory Lane.”
The win was the third consecutive for Ford, and 38th overall, in the 100 Cup races at MIS.
“This one, outside of the crown jewel events I consider this the biggest race to win because it is Ford Motor Company‘s backyard and Roger Penske‘s backyard,” Logano said.
Busch, who had some slight right-rear damage after hitting the wall on Lap 41 while battling Kevin Harvick for fifth, came home with his second runner-up finish of the season.
“That’s more than what I was hoping to see for damage,” Busch said. “I had a blast. Tightest I ever put my belts at the end of a race. We got enough stage points today, we said hell with it, we don’t need to get anything but the win.”
Martin Truex Jr., Daniel Suarez and Kyle Busch rounded out the top five.
Brad Keselowski, Harvick, Ryan Newman, Ryan Blaney and Alex Bowman completed the top 10.
Both Keselowski and Harvick had to battle back from a lap down in the race. Harvick fell a lap down on Lap 53 for a loose front wheel. Keselowski’s trouble came on Lap 114 when he was issued a pass through penalty served on Lap 118 for a safety violation during a pit stop.
“We just didn‘t put it all together today,” Keselowski said. “We were in a really good spot and had the pit road penalty and lost the lap and it took us til about 70 to go to get it back. It is kind of a miracle that we got back up to sixth to be quite honest. We have to execute the entire weekend and we just didn‘t today.”
Logano and Austin Dillon won Stage 1 and 2, respectively. Stage Points