Pole victor Joey Logano has led 110 laps of this 200-lap, 400-mile race at Michigan International Speedway.
"This one, outside of the crown jewel events I consider this the biggest race to win because it is Ford Motor Company's backyard and Roger Penske's backyard", Logano said. "T.J. Majors, my spotter, spotted his butt off up there", said Logano, who has won three races at Michigan Int'l Speedway from the pole during his career.
Kevin Harvick, who seemed to be the only driver throughout Monday's race who could keep up with Logano, ended up seventh after taking four tires during the final pit stop cycle while most others took two.
Ford Performance marked history once again, winning the first ever race at Michigan International Speedway in 1969 with Cale Yarborough (Mercury) and Wood Brothers Racing, and on the track's 100th anniversary Joey Logano and Team Penske recorded Team Penske's 70th cup win with Ford. But he acknowledged it didn't necessarily matter because Logano, who started on the pole, had the fastest auto anyway, calling it a "moot point", Autoweek reported. Kurt Busch 3. Martin Truex Jr. 4.
Joey Logano won the pole in qualifying and then led for more than three-quarters of the actual race.
"Man, this feels so good", Logano said.
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"Well, I was able to see right in front of me". "We got enough stage points today and I was like hell with it, we don't need to get anything but the win".
The fast-paced action returns to Michigan International Speedway in August for a pair of races. Shortly after the green flag dropped, Busch passed Truex for the runner-up spot.
The race originally was scheduled for Sunday but rain ultimately made a Monday race necessary. Then the 22 went like a whole vehicle length before the restart zone. "I thought we were suppose to go in the box". "A day like that, you don't bet those days all the time".
Clint Bowyer, who won one of the two MIS races a year ago, went into the wall early in the final stage and ended up 35th. We had a private dinner and it was nice to be there with a Ford family member and he reminded us all that we win 50-percent of the races here at MIS.
"Logano knew he had to go early, and that was his best chance to squirt ahead of, and that's what changed the complexion of the race".
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JGR has managed to win nine races despite having no poles yet this year.