NASCAR Watkins Glen: Joey Logano wins after Kevin Harvick runs dry

Joey Logano stole a last-gasp NASCAR Sprint Cup victory at Watkins Glen after Kevin Harvick ran out of fuel at the final corner of the race

NASCAR Watkins Glen: Joey Logano wins after Kevin Harvick runs dry

It was the Penske driver's first win since his Daytona 500 success in February, and came after he charged through from 14th place at the final restart with 30 laps to go.

Harvick took the lead at that moment by passing Matt Kenseth, the pair having both made their last visit to the pits on lap 51 of 90 - just prior to a red flag period to allow the track to be cleaned of fluid put down in an incident at the previous restart.

Kenseth and Harvick had moved ahead as others stopped under the fifth and final caution period, which was prompted by Tony Stewart's car grinding to a halt on track on lap 57.

Unlike Kyle Busch - who passed Brad Keselowski for the lead just before the caution - Logano only took fuel and therefore rejoined as the leader of those to have stopped later.

He quickly worked his way through the order, and took second place away from Kenseth with seven laps remaining.

Harvick was still leading going onto the final lap, and was given breathing space by Logano running wide at Turn 1.

However, Harvick then began to slow going into the penultimate corner, allowing Logano to catch him again and sweep around the outside at the final turn.

A crawling Harvick just fell to third behind Busch on the run to the line, with the Joe Gibbs Racing driver getting a result that lifts him into the top-30 place in the standings that he requires to make the Chase.

Kenseth made it to the flag in fourth ahead of Kurt Busch, Clint Bowyer and Keselowski, who led 27 laps after hitting the front at the first restart.

Polesitter AJ Allmendinger led the first 20 laps, but after lacking the pace to pull away, he succumbed to Martin Truex Jr at the final corner and then Harvick at Turn 1.

Truex lost the lead when he pitted under the first caution, with Keselowski and others benefiting from stopping shortly before that.

Truex was back up in third behind Harvick and Kenseth at the final restart - and had made his last pit visit two laps later - but he had a front-left tyre go down, nearly putting him into the wall at the final corner.

Any chance for Allmendinger to repeat his 2014 Watkins Glen win were hampered when his car would not fire back up as he saved fuel during a caution. Although he regained the lap he lost, he finished down in 24th, one spot ahead of Truex.

RESULT

Pos Driver Team Car Laps
1 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 90
2 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 90
3 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 90
4 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 90
5 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 90
6 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 90
7 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 90
8 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 90
9 Sam Hornish Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 90
10 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 90
11 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 90
12 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 90
13 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 90
14 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 90
15 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 90
16 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 90
17 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 90
18 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 90
19 Justin Allgaier HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 90
20 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Ford 90
21 Cole Whitt Front Row Motorsports Ford 90
22 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 90
23 David Ragan Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 90
24 A.J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 90
25 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 90
26 Matt DiBenedetto BK Racing Toyota 90
27 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 90
28 Alex Kennedy Circle Sport Chevrolet 90
29 Alex Bowman Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 90
30 J.J. Yeley BK Racing Toyota 90
31 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 90
32 Boris Said Go FAS Racing Chevrolet 89
33 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 89
34 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 89
35 Landon Cassill Hillman Smith Motorsports Chevrolet 89
36 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 89
37 Chris Buescher Front Row Motorsports Ford 88
38 Timmy Hill Phil Parsons Racing Chevrolet 88
39 Jeb Burton BK Racing Toyota 88
40 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 86
41 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 86
42 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 78
43 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 56

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