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Richmond NASCAR: Joey Logano grabs win in thrilling late battle

Richmond NASCAR 2014

Joey Logano came from fourth to snatch a second NASCAR Sprint Cup victory of 2014 in a spectacular finish to Saturday night's Richmond race.

Logano went into the last four laps a close fourth as leader Matt Kenseth came under attack from all angles with a side by side Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski right behind him.

Multiple contact incidents between the lead trio allowed Logano an opening on the inside, which he wasted no time in accepting.

By the time his pursuers had sorted themselves out, Logano's Penske Ford had a clear lead, securing his second win in three races ahead of Gordon's Hendrick Chevrolet, which had led the most laps during the evening.

Kyle Busch benefitted from taking fresh tyres during the final caution to sprint through to third, with Keselowski and Kenseth ending up fourth and fifth.

The latter pair made contact after the flag as they disagreed over each other's driving in the late victory battle, although their clash was then overshadowed by a scuffle between midfield finishers Casey Mears and Marcos Ambrose in the pits.

AJ Allmendinger got JTG Daugherty into the top six, with sometime lead contenders Dale Earnhardt Jr and Ryan Newman following him home.

Polesitter Kyle Larson was spun by Clint Bowyer at the race's very first corner, but clawed his way back from last to 16th.

Bowyer eventually retired due to damage from a later puncture and fire.

He was one of many drivers to run into tyre problems, with similar issues leaving reigning champion Jimmie Johnson - who is still winless in 2014 - back in 32nd.

Results - 400 laps:

Pos  Driver              Team/Car                     Time/Gap
 1.  Joey Logano         Penske Ford              3h12m47.000s
 2.  Jeff Gordon         Hendrick Chevrolet            +0.929s
 3.  Kyle Busch          Joe Gibbs Toyota              +2.869s
 4.  Brad Keselowski     Penske Ford                   +3.623s
 5.  Matt Kenseth        Joe Gibbs Toyota              +4.263s
 6.  AJ Allmendinger     JTG Daugherty Chevrolet       +6.049s
 7.  Dale Earnhardt Jr   Hendrick Chevrolet            +6.714s
 8.  Ryan Newman         Childress Chevrolet           +7.219s
 9.  Carl Edwards        Roush Fenway Ford             +7.711s
10.  Martin Truex Jr     Furniture Row Chevrolet       +9.921s
11.  Kevin Harvick       Stewart-Haas Chevrolet       +10.333s
12.  Brian Vickers       Waltrip Toyota               +10.407s
13.  Jamie McMurray      Ganassi Chevrolet            +10.675s
14.  Kasey Kahne         Hendrick Chevrolet           +10.798s
15.  Greg Biffle         Roush Fenway Ford            +11.430s
16.  Kyle Larson         Ganassi Chevrolet            +11.858s
17.  Aric Almirola       Petty Ford                   +11.879s
18.  Marcos Ambrose      Petty Ford                   +12.737s
19.  Casey Mears         Germain Chevrolet            +12.836s
20.  David Gilliland     Front Row Ford               +13.016s
21.  Justin Allgaier     HScott Chevrolet             +13.271s
22.  Denny Hamlin        Joe Gibbs Toyota             +13.440s
23.  Kurt Busch          Stewart-Haas Chevrolet       +14.375s
24.  Paul Menard         Childress Chevrolet          +15.250s
25.  Tony Stewart        Stewart-Haas Chevrolet         +1 lap
26.  Landon Cassill      Hillman Chevrolet             +2 laps
27.  Austin Dillon       Childress Chevrolet           +2 laps
28.  Alex Bowman         BK Toyota                     +2 laps
29.  David Reutimann     Front Row Ford                +2 laps
30.  David Ragan         Front Row Ford                +3 laps
31.  Ryan Truex          BK Toyota                     +3 laps
32.  Jimmie Johnson      Hendrick Chevrolet            +3 laps
33.  Michael Annett      Baldwin Chevrolet             +3 laps
34.  Danica Patrick      Stewart-Haas Chevrolet        +4 laps
35.  David Stremme       Circle Sport Chevrolet        +4 laps
36.  Travis Kvapil       FAS Lane Ford                 +5 laps
37.  Joe Nemechek        Robinson Toyota               +8 laps
38.  Ricky Stenhouse Jr  Roush Fenway Ford            +10 laps
39.  Josh Wise           Parsons Chevrolet            +10 laps


     JJ Yeley            Xxxtreme Toyota              380 laps
     Cole Whitt          BK Toyota                    367 laps*
     Reed Sorenson       Baldwin Chevrolet            225 laps
     Clint Bowyer        Waltrip Toyota               159 laps

* Running again at finish
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