Logano beats the master at Pocono

Joey Logano, driver of the #20 The Home Depot Toyota, celebrates with the checkered flag after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pocono 400 presented by #NASCAR at Pocono Raceway on June 10, 2012 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Joey Logano, driver of the #20 The Home Depot Toyota, celebrates with the checkered flag after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pocono 400 presented by #NASCAR at Pocono Raceway on June 10, 2012 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Joey Logano was able to pass one of NASCAR’s most experienced drivers, Mark Martin and hold on to win the Pocono 400 Sunday. It was Logano’s second career win, and his first since June of 2009.

Logano was hunting Martin who took the lead on a restart with eight laps to go. With four circuits left, Logano used a bump and run entering the first turn getting Martin loose enough to slide up the track. Logano was able to get by and with clean air was able to check out for the win.

The victory also marked the first time in 31 NASCAR Sprint Cup races that a pole sitter has gone to victory lane. After starting on the pole, Logano was in contention for the entire 400 laps leading a race high 48. The key to the win came with a call by his crew chief Jason Ratcliff to leave Logano out on the fifth caution period on lap 124 while several in the lead group came in for fuel. Thanks in large part to two more cautions, Logano was able to stretch out his fuel for the win. MORE>>>

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