Logano Wins At Pocono Raceway For Second Cup Victory
Posted by: Dave Thompson, follow @phillyfan17
June 10, 2012
Joey Logano won the 31st Annual Pocono 400 presented by #NASCAR, his second victory in 125 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
Mark Martin had taken the lead from Logano on a restart with eight laps remaining, but was unable to take advantage of the clean air and pull away from Logano. Just four laps later, Logano bumped Martin forcing him up the track, to regain the lead and pull away to take the checkered flag. “I’d call that a bump-and-run,” Martin said. “It has been acceptable in this racing for a long time. It’s not how I would have done it. Certainly, had I had a fast enough car, he would have gotten a return.”
The win was Logano’s first since his rain-shortened victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2009, a span of 104 races.
“Holy crap, thank you, guys.” Logano said to his team over the radio after the win. “This feels awesome to finally win one.”
Martin held on for second followed by Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin.
Logano became the first driver to win from the pole since Ryan Newman at New Hampshire in July 2011 (31 races).
Dale Earnhardt Jr. had another strong car this week and was in a position to win, but under the final caution (22 laps remaining) he pitted for fuel while most of the leaders stay out. Earnhardt Jr. and crew chief Steve Latarte agreed the stop was needed since they did not have enough fuel to finish the race. He restarted 16th, but was able to move through the field to finish eighth.
A bizarre fact from the race were the 22 pit-road speeding penalties as drivers appeared to have trouble with the final timing-segment leaving pit road. Jimmie Johnson was caught twice for the offense, costing him a lap, but was able to rebound for fourth. David Reutimann and Travis Kvapil each received three speeding penalties on the afternoon.
David Reutimann, driving the No. 51 in place of suspended Kurt Busch, started in 25th place and other than the speeding penalties had a quiet afternoon on his way to a 21st place finish.
Matt Kenseth surpassed teammate Greg Biffle as the new points leader with his seventh-place finish. Biffle finished a distant 24th and dropped to third in the standings behind Kenseth and Earnhardt Jr.
With the recent pressure on Logano to perform this season, this victory may have saved his job at Joe Gibbs Racing. In Victory Lane, Logano hoped his win sent a message to all those critics. “I hope it shuts them all up,” he said. “It means a whole lot.”
Results of the Pocono 400:
|1||1||20||Joey Logano||The Home Depot Toyota||160||48||5||RUNNING||4||49|
|2||6||55||Mark Martin||Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota||160||43||1||RUNNING||1||4|
|3||22||14||Tony Stewart||MOBIL 1 / Office Depot Chevrolet||160||41||RUNNING|
|4||24||48||Jimmie Johnson||Lowe’s / Kobalt Tools Chevrolet||160||40||RUNNING|
|5||5||11||Denny Hamlin||FedEx Express Toyota||160||40||1||RUNNING||2||21|
|6||16||15||Clint Bowyer||5-hour Energy Toyota||160||38||RUNNING|
|7||14||17||Matt Kenseth||Ford EcoBoost Fusion Ford||160||38||1||RUNNING||2||11|
|8||8||88||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||National Guard / Diet Mtn. Dew Chevrolet||160||37||1||RUNNING||3||36|
|9||3||27||Paul Menard||Menards / Sylvania Chevrolet||160||35||RUNNING|
|10||11||1||Jamie McMurray||Banana Boat Chevrolet||160||35||1||RUNNING||3||14|
|11||2||99||Carl Edwards||Kellogg’s / Cheez-It Ford||160||33||RUNNING|
|12||18||39||Ryan Newman||HAAS Automation Chevrolet||160||32||RUNNING|
|13||9||9||Marcos Ambrose||DeWalt Ford||160||31||RUNNING|
|14||21||29||Kevin Harvick||Rheem Chevrolet||160||30||RUNNING|
|15||20||31||Jeff Burton||The Armed Forces Foundation Chevrolet||160||29||RUNNING|
|16||7||78||Regan Smith||Furniture Row Chevrolet||160||28||RUNNING|
|17||17||42||Juan Pablo Montoya||Target Chevrolet||160||28||1||RUNNING||1||3|
|18||31||2||Brad Keselowski||Miller Lite Dodge||160||26||RUNNING|
|19||12||24||Jeff Gordon||DuPont Chevrolet||160||25||RUNNING|
|20||23||56||Martin Truex Jr.||NAPA Auto Parts Toyota||160||24||RUNNING|
|21||25||51||David Reutimann||Phoenix Construction Services Chevrolet||160||23||RUNNING|
|22||27||47||Bobby Labonte||Bubba Burgers Toyota||160||22||RUNNING|
|23||36||38||David Gilliland||ModSpace Motorsports Ford||160||22||1||RUNNING||1||2|
|24||13||16||Greg Biffle||3M / Rite Aid / NextCare Ford||160||21||1||RUNNING||2||19|
|25||42||10||Dave Blaney||Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet||159||19||RUNNING|
|26||37||93||Travis Kvapil||Burger King / Dr Pepper Toyota||159||18||RUNNING|
|27||34||34||David Ragan||Taco Bell Ford||159||18||1||RUNNING||1||1|
|28||29||43||Aric Almirola||Transportation Impact Ford||158||16||RUNNING|
|29||10||5||Kasey Kahne||Farmers Insurance Chevrolet||139||15||Accident|
|30||4||18||Kyle Busch||M&M’s Toyota||76||14||Engine|
|31||19||22||AJ Allmendinger||Shell Pennzoil Dodge||64||13||Accident|
|32||40||36||Tony Raines||SealWrap.com Chevrolet||47||12||Accident|
|33||43||33||Stephen Leicht||LittleJoesAutos.com Chevrolet||39||11||Brakes|
|34||30||98||Michael McDowell||Presbyterian Healthcare Ford||37||10||Rear Gear|
|35||26||13||Casey Mears||GEICO Ford||36||9||Brakes|
|36||32||49||JJ Yeley||America Israel Racing / JPO Absorbents Toyota||33||8||Accident|
|37||33||87||Joe Nemechek(i)||AM/FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves Toyota||30||0||Brakes|
|38||28||19||Mike Bliss(i)||Humphrey Smith Racing Toyota||26||0||Brakes|
|39||39||74||Stacy Compton||Turn One Racing / Country Suites Chevrolet||24||5||Transmission|
|40||38||23||Scott Riggs||North Texas Pipe Chevrolet||19||4||Overheating|
|41||41||32||Reed Sorenson(i)||Herr Foods / Hero Energy Shot Ford||12||0||Accident|
|42||35||26||Josh Wise||MDS Transport Ford||12||2||Brakes|
|43||15||83||Landon Cassill||Burger King – Real Fruit Smoothies Toyota||1||1||Accident|
Posted: June 10th, 2012
Categories: Nascar Sprint Cup Series, Results.
Tags: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano, Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Pocono 400, Pocono Raceway, Tony Stewart