The NASCAR FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan as it happened

Joey Logano led a race high 138 of 200 laps Sunday.
Joey Logano led a race high 138 of 200 laps Sunday.
Joey Logano led a race high 138 of 200 laps Sunday.

Joey Logano was hands down the class of the field Sunday. Logano led 138 laps in route to his 15th career victory winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup FireKeepers Casino 400. The win was his first of 2016 and his second at Michigan International Speedway.  Here’s how it all went down at Michigan Sunday.

With his second pole of 2016, Logano led the field to the green, with second place starter Martin Truex Jr. on the inside.  Tony Stewart and Denny Hamlin were behind.  Logano had the lead entering turn 1 but washed up the banking and fell back. Truex grabbed the lead, Hamlin was second, Stewart was third, Logano fourth at the end of lap 1.  Logano got past Stewart for third on lap 2.  Stewart was fourth, Austin Dillon fifth.

By lap 8 Logano had caught Hamlin and was looking for second.   The lead for Truex was just over a second.  Logano had the spot by lap 9. Two laps later Logano blasted by Truex for the lead.  Several drivers had debris on the grill including Hamlin who dropped back behind Stewart in an attempt to clear it.  Truex’s crew reported that he too had debris on his grill and that was the reason for giving up the lead.

By lap 17 Logano had the lead followed by Truex, Stewart, Hamlin and Kyle Larson.


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