Bristol NASCAR: Joey Logano resists Brad Keselowski in Penske 1-2
|Sunday, August 24th 2014, 02:48 GMT|
Joey Logano claimed his third win of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season by holding off team-mate Brad Keselowski in a Penske one-two in the Bristol Motor Speedway night race.
Logano was able to fight to the front and make a late break as the final portion of a sometimes destructive race ran incident-free.
A long struggle to lap Jeff Gordon allowed Keselowski and Joe Gibbs Toyota driver Matt Kenseth to close in, but Logano had enough in hand to resist both.
The trio were covered by six tenths of a second at the flag.
Jimmie Johnson recovered from two pitlane speeding penalties to take fourth, ahead of Kurt Bush, Ricky Stenhouse Jr and Carl Edwards.
Jamie McMurray - one of those still hunting for a Chase spot - looked a likely winner as he led a race-high 148 of the 500 laps.
He kept his Ganassi Chevrolet out front in battles with myriad rivals, but lost track position pitting under the final caution and then slipped back to finish eighth as his car's handling declined in the last stint.
Kasey Kahne was another long-time leader before hitting trouble. Like McMurray yet to cement a Chase place, Kahne led 40 laps before pitting with a loose wheel. He later had to return to the garage area for further repairs.
Denny Hamlin was leading the race early on when contact from poleman Kevin Harvick sent him into the wall and then into the path of Dale Earnhardt Jr.
The furious Hamlin later threw his HANS device at Harvick's car when being led away by safety crews. Harvick ultimately finished 11th following a late pitlane speeding penalty.
Hamlin's Joe Gibbs team-mate Kyle Busch was caught up in the race's other big crash, with he and Aric Almirola coming off worst in a multi-car tangle on lap 126.
Results - 500 laps: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Joey Logano Penske Ford 2h52m00.000s 2. Brad Keselowski Penske Ford +0.391s 3. Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Toyota +0.605s 4. Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Chevrolet +3.835s 5. Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Chevrolet +4.032s 6. Ricky Stenhouse Jr Roush Fenway Ford +5.650s 7. Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Ford +7.477s 8. Jamie McMurray Ganassi Chevrolet +9.326s 9. Paul Menard Childress Chevrolet +9.673s 10. Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Ford +10.060s 11. Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Chevrolet +10.100s 12. Kyle Larson Ganassi Chevrolet +11.468s 13. Ryan Newman Childress Chevrolet +11.852s 14. AJ Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Chevrolet +15.321s 15. Jeff Burton Stewart-Haas Chevrolet -1 lap 16. Jeff Gordon Hendrick Chevrolet -1 lap 17. Clint Bowyer Waltrip Toyota -2 laps 18. Michael McDowell Leavine Ford -2 laps 19. Justin Allgaier HScott Chevrolet -3 laps 20. Martin Truex Jr Furniture Row Chevrolet -3 laps 21. Brian Vickers Waltrip Toyota -3 laps 22. Landon Cassill Hillman Chevrolet -3 laps 23. David Ragan Front Row Ford -4 laps 24. Reed Sorenson Baldwin Chevrolet -4 laps 25. David Gilliland Front Row Ford -5 laps 26. Casey Mears Germain Chevrolet -5 laps 27. Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Chevrolet -7 laps 28. Austin Dillon Childress Chevrolet -7 laps 29. Josh Wise Parsons Chevrolet -8 laps 30. Cole Whitt BK Toyota -8 laps 31. David Stremme Circle Sport Chevrolet -9 laps 32. Alex Bowman BK Toyota -11 laps 33. JJ Yeley Go FAS Ford -11 laps 34. Marcos Ambrose Petty Ford -20 laps 35. Kasey Kahne Hendrick Chevrolet -23 laps Retirements: Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Toyota 442 laps Ryan Truex BK Toyota 338 laps Michael Annett Baldwin Chevrolet 243 laps Dale Earnhardt Jr Hendrick Chevrolet 176 laps Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Toyota 160 laps Aric Almirola Petty Ford 123 laps Brett Moffitt Robinson Toyota 78 laps Dave Blaney Baldwin Chevrolet 37 laps