Joey Logano schools the field with dominate win at Michigan

Joey Logano celebrates after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway on June 12, 2016 in Brooklyn, Michigan.
Joey Logano celebrates after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway on June 12, 2016 in Brooklyn, Michigan.
Joey Logano celebrates after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway on June 12, 2016 in Brooklyn, Michigan.

In a day of wild restarts Joey Logano proved to be the restart king. Logano started from the pole and won the NASCAR Sprint Cup FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway.  It was his first win of 2016 and is first since October of last year and the 15th of his career.

“What a great race car,” Logano said. “To win here in Roger’s back yard and Ford’s back yard, this is always a big win for us here. We appreciate the great car. What a crazy race with the low downforce and with more cautions and more opportunity to screw up pretty much.”

The race featured a new tire compound and a new low downforce package and it was Logano who adapted the best, not only leading from the pole, but leading a race high 139 laps. With track position important, the restarts were chaotic but it was Logano who was able to survive a total of 9 to secure his first win of 2016.  Rookie Chase Elliott led 35 laps but a pit road miscue on the final round of pit stops left him short of fuel and with a second place finish. Kyle Larson was third, Logano’s Penske Racing teammate Brad Keselowski was fourth, and Kevin Harvick was fifth.

“I just did something dumb,” Elliott said.

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