Photo by: Kena Krutsinger
Joey Logano’s strong restarting skills propelled him to his first Sprint Cup victory of the 2016 season during the FireKeepers Casino 400.
Logano led 138 laps and scored his first victory since last fall at Talladega Superspeedway.
The Penske driver pulled ahead of Hendrick Motorsports rookie Chase Elliott on a final restart to become the 10th different winner this season after Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin blew a tire that brought out a caution with 12 laps to go.
“Everyone did a great job of understanding what this package was going to do,” Logano said. “They put together a great race car for me.”
A missed shift by Elliott on lap 154 gave the lead back to Logano and Elliott never recovered to battle for the win at the end. Elliott, however, finished a career-best of 2nd place.
“You can’t do dumb stuff and win these races. Completely my fault,” Elliott said. “The guys gave me a great car today. This whole NAPA group has been working so hard these past few weeks, and that one was on me.”
Kyle Larson, Brad Keselowski, and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top-5.