Logano holds off Kurt Busch to win at Talladega

For the first time since last April, Joey Logano won a NASCAR victory, winning the Geico 500.

News April 30, 2018, 06:01 IST





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<img class = "lazy-img" alt = " logano-joey-42918-usnews-getty-ftr.jpg [19659014] Joey Logano

Joey Logano won the Geico 500 on Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway for his first victory in the NASCAR Cup Series since last April.

Logano led 70 of the 188 laps and defeated Kurt Busch on the final lap for his 19th Victory Cup, Chase Elliott finished third, Kevin Harvick was fourth and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. fifth.

David Ragan, Aric Almirola, Alex Bowman, Ryan Newman and Daniel Suárez completed the first 10.

"I'm very proud to get this team on Victory Lane, it's been a year," said Logano at the Victory Lane. "It feels so good to be back in the Circle of Victory. the victory. It does not feel that way. It feels so good.

"It's been a long time coming in. We've been getting consistent, we've been scoring points, and we knew a victory was just around the corner, I do not have to worry about the whole play-off anymore."

As is the norm for restrictor plate tracks, wrecks were crucial in the result. The biggest shock was on lap 165 and 14 cars were collected. .

Jimmie Johnson started the accident when he dropped by ahead of rookie Hendrick Motorsports teammate William Byron. Among those knocked out in the fight were Byron, five-time Talladega winner Brad Keselowski, Paul Menard. , Clint Bowyer and Daytona 500 Austin Dillon winner. Johnson went on to finish 12th.

A six-car crash on Lap 71 ended the day for Kyle Larson , Eri k Jones and Trevor Bayne.

The next in the Cup series is the AAA 400 unit for autism on May 6 at Dover International Speedway.

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