Video: After a strong start, Logano’s day ends at Turn 1 wall

AVONDALE, Ariz. – Joey Logano started Sunday’s Camping World 500 from the pole and led 82 laps, but his race ended suddenly and dramatically when his right front tire blew as the No. 22 Ford approached Turn 1 on Lap 307 of a scheduled 312.

Logano’s misfortune stalled a promising run by Kyle Busch—his adversary from a week ago at Las Vegas—and gave Ryan Newman’s crew chief, Luke Lambert, the opportunity to make the strategic call that won the race.

“We just blew a right front,” Logano said after exiting the infield care center. “Probably just overheated the bead (an analysis Goodyear subsequently confirmed). I’m sure that is what it was. There’s not much you can do when the right front blows out.

“We had a good car in the beginning of the race and then just fell off and got a pit road speeding penalty, and it was hard to get back up there. We were getting closer but our long run speed was off. We have to figure out how to get faster here on the long run.”

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