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Joey Logano survives NASCAR Overtime in Michigan

Penske dominates every series
Monday, June 10, 2019

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Joey Logano wins at Michigan
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When Joey Logano starts on the pole at Michigan International Speedway, it usually means he ends the race in the same position – out front. It happened again in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 when he held off Kurt Busch and Martin Truex, Jr. to win in overtime.

Logano, Truex and Busch were ready for a green flag shootout before a caution with four laps to go because of Erik Jones suffering a flat tire and spinning. The yellow flag forced overtime and two laps of white knuckle driving. Logano got the jump and pulled out to the lead, but Busch was closing in from the third position. As they came to the finish line, Logano went to the middle and Busch dove low. In the end, it was Logano taking the checkered flag by 0.147 seconds.

“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. “The area has a lot of diehard Ford fans, fans here in the grandstands right now and it feels great to represent that company and get to victory lane today.”

It marked Logano’s third career win at Michigan International Speedway and all three have been when he started on the pole. More importantly, it meant that Ford Performance retained the Michigan Heritage for the third consecutive race.  

“This is a big deal for us at Ford Motor Company, all our employees and fans around the world,” Ford Performance NASCAR Program Manager Pat DiMarco said. We had dinner on Thursday night, all the drivers with Edsel Ford who invited all of us up to Henry Ford’s original estate. We had a private dinner and it was nice to be there with a Ford family member and he reminded us all that we win 50-percent of the races here at MIS. He said he wanted to bring this trophy home again and we did. I think Joey out there in victory lane said we are at 51-percent now for Mr. Ford.”

Logano started the race on the pole and quickly showed he was the car to beat. But he was never able to get away from the field. Logano led the first 20 laps before the first competition caution because of overnight rain.

Logano and Kevin Harvick were the class of the field early. Harvick suffered a slow pit stop during the first pit stop. And then with nine laps to go in the first stage he had a left tire issue forcing an unscheduled pit stop. He came out of the pits a lap down.

It did not take Harvick long to make his way back to the front. By the end of the second stage, Harvick was second and primed to make his move. The leaders had to make green flag pits stops at the end of the second stage for a splash of fuel. Austin Dillon played his cards correctly and took the green and white checkered flag.

Roger Penske winning everything in 2019
Roger Penske winning everything in 2019

The fast-paced action returns to Michigan International Speedway in August for a pair of races. The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Corrigan Oil 200 is scheduled Aug. 10 and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Consumers Energy 400 is Aug. 11. 

It has never been easier to purchase tickets and camping at Michigan International Speedway in 2019. Fans can visit www.mispeedway.com or call 888-905-7223 to get the best deals. Grandstand tickets start at $39 for the Consumers Energy 400 on Aug. 11.

Any guest who purchases a 12 and under ticket will automatically receive a free kids Pit and Driver Introduction Pass courtesy of Henry Ford Health System. Kids can experience pit road on Sunday morning, sign the start/finish line and view the cars and teams up close on race day. Kids will also have access to pre-race ceremonies, including driver introductions.

Nestled in the lush Irish Hills of Southeastern Michigan, Michigan International Speedway is NASCAR’s Most Entertaining Track. It has been the love of NASCAR racing and the thrill of a great time for race fans and drivers alike for 50 years.

Results

FinSt#DriverSponsor / OwnerCarLapsStatus
1122Joey LoganoShell / Pennzoil (Roger Penske)Ford203running
271Kurt BuschMonster Energy (Chip Ganassi)Chevrolet203running
31619Martin Truex, Jr.Auto-Owners Insurance (Joe Gibbs)Toyota203running
4941Daniel SuarezHaas Automation Demo Day (Stewart Haas Racing)Ford203running
51518Kyle BuschM&M's Hazelnut (Joe Gibbs)Toyota203running
682Brad KeselowskiMiller Lite (Roger Penske)Ford203running
734Kevin HarvickBusch Light (Stewart Haas Racing)Ford203running
8186Ryan NewmanCoca-Cola Patriotic (Jack Roush)Ford203running
91312Ryan BlaneyMenards / Wrangler Riggs (Roger Penske)Ford203running
102088Alex BowmanNationwide (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet203running
11411Denny HamlinFedEx Freight (Joe Gibbs)Toyota203running
12118Daniel HemricChevrolet Accessories (Richard Childress)Chevrolet203running
13621Paul MenardMenards / NIBCO (Wood Brothers)Ford203running
142242Kyle LarsonCredit One Bank (Chip Ganassi)Chevrolet203running
151948Jimmie JohnsonAlly (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet203running
163137Chris BuescherKroger "Thrill of the Grill" (JTG-Daugherty Racing)Chevrolet203running
17210Aric AlmirolaSmithfield / Meijer (Stewart Haas Racing)Ford203running
182124William ByronHendrick Autoguard (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet203running
191017R. Stenhouse, Jr.NOS Energy (Jack Roush)Ford203running
20179Chase ElliottNAPA Auto Parts (Rick Hendrick)Chevrolet203running
212995Matt DiBenedettoToyota Express Maintenance (Leavine Family Racing)Toyota203running
222513Ty DillonTwisted Tea (Germain Racing)Chevrolet203running
233232Corey LaJoieHarvest Investments (Archie St. Hilaire)Ford203running
242636Matt TifftSurface Sunscreen / Surfacecorp.com (Bob Jenkins)Ford203running
252847Ryan PreeceKroger / Creamette / Viva (JTG-Daugherty Racing)Chevrolet203running
26123Austin DillonDow Salutes Veterans (Richard Childress)Chevrolet202running
272334Michael McDowellMelling Performance / Dockside LogisticsFord202running
282743Bubba WallaceVictory Junction (Richard Petty Motorsports)Chevrolet201running
293000Landon CassillSuperior Essex (StarCom Racing)Chevrolet201running
303615Garrett SmithleyVictory Lane Quick Oil Change (Jay Robinson)Chevrolet200running
311420Erik JonesCraftsman / Sport Clips (Joe Gibbs)Toyota199running
323577Quin HouffSpire MotorsportsChevrolet198running
333452Josh BilickiRick Ware Racing (Rick Ware)Chevrolet197running
342438David RaganCitgard Heavy Duty Engine Oil (Bob Jenkins)Ford195running
35514Clint BowyerHaas Automation / ITsavvy (Stewart Haas Racing)Ford130crash
363351Kyle WeathermanJacob Companies (Rick Ware)Ford69crash


* Race extended to 203 laps due to overtime.

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