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Joey Logano beats Kurt Busch in two-lap shootout at Michigan

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Joey Logano beats Kurt Busch in two-lap shootout at Michigan
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Jun 11, 2019, 12:13 AM

Team Penske's Joey Logano held on in a two-lap shootout at Michigan International Speedway, earning his 23rd career victory.

Race Winner Joey Logano, Team Penske, Ford Mustang Shell Pennzoil
Joey Logano, Team Penske, Ford Mustang Shell Pennzoil, Aric Almirola, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Mustang Smithfield / Meijer
Race Winner Joey Logano, Team Penske, Ford Mustang Shell Pennzoil
Joey Logano, Team Penske, Ford Mustang Shell Pennzoil

Logano led a race-high 163 laps en route to the victory.

"You race this whole race and you keep building that notebook up. We had a great execution day, our pit crew was amazing, our race car was fast. T.J. Majors my spotter, spotted his butt off up there," Logano said after the race. 

"The race fans who stuck around until Monday - you guys are the best. Coming up here to Michigan, there's nothing like bringing a Ford to Victory Lane on their home turf and in one of Roger Penske's cars as well. There's no better feeling than that.

"This is a big one for us."

The final stage resumed on Lap 128/200 and Kevin Harvick took the lead with a bold three-wide move to the outside, helped with a push from Martin Truex Jr.

Behind them, Clint Bowyer got loose underneath Erik Jones and crashed into the outside wall, forcing a yellow flag.

With 66 laps to go, they went back green and the battle raged up front. Logano pushed Kyle Larson to the race lead, but took it for himself as Larson slipped up the track. 

Harvick and Logano would go back-and-forth in the battle for the lead until Kurt Busch arrived near the front, taking second briefly. They, Harvick and Truex would break away from the pack before green-flag pit stops.

Chase Elliott's day turned sour with wall contact that resulted in a flat right rear tire and an unscheduled pit stop. 

But with 28 laps remaining, the critical final stops began. Larson kicked it off with four-tire stop, followed by Harvick who did the same. However, most of the frontrunners opted for two tires, costing Larson and Harvick valuable track position.

In the closing laps, Logano appeared to have the win in hand despite a late charge by Kurt Busch and Truex, but a caution for a spin by Erik Jones forced an overtime restart.

On the restart, Logano got away with Truex sliding into second. Kurt Busch was able to fight his way around the JGR driver and it was between those three on the white flag lap, but no one could mount a real charge against Logano.

He took the win, his second of the 2019 season and third at MIS. Kurt Busch was second, Truex third, Daniel Suarez fourth and Kyle Busch fifth.

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Cla # Driver Manufacturer Laps Time Laps Led Retirement Points Bonus
1 22 United States Joey Logano  Ford 203   163      
2 1 United States Kurt Busch  Chevrolet 203 0.147        
3 19 United States Martin Truex Jr.  Toyota 203 0.314        
4 41 Mexico Daniel Suarez  Ford 203 0.710 1      
5 18 United States Kyle Busch  Toyota 203 0.954        
6 2 United States Brad Keselowski  Ford 203 1.130 6      
7 4 United States Kevin Harvick  Ford 203 1.148 15      
8 6 United States Ryan Newman  Ford 203 1.317        
9 12 United States Ryan Blaney  Ford 203 1.332 1      
10 88 United States Alex Bowman  Chevrolet 203 1.439        
11 11 United States Denny Hamlin  Toyota 203 1.614 5      
12 8 United States Daniel Hemric  Chevrolet 203 1.705        
13 21 United States Paul Menard  Ford 203 2.063        
14 42 United States Kyle Larson  Chevrolet 203 2.085        
15 48 United States Jimmie Johnson  Chevrolet 203 2.165        
16 37 United States Chris Buescher  Chevrolet 203 2.191        
17 10 United States Aric Almirola  Ford 203 2.236 1      
18 24 United States William Byron  Chevrolet 203 2.667 2      
19 17 United States Ricky Stenhouse Jr.  Ford 203 2.864        
20 9 United States Chase Elliott  Chevrolet 203 2.880 1      
21 95 United States Matt DiBenedetto  Toyota 203 2.892        
22 13 United States Ty Dillon  Chevrolet 203 3.132        
23 32 United States Corey Lajoie  Ford 203 3.350        
24 36 United States Matt Tifft  Ford 203 3.680        
25 47 United States Ryan Preece  Chevrolet 203 3.709        
26 3 United States Austin Dillon  Chevrolet 202 1 lap 7      
27 34 United States Michael McDowell  Ford 202 1 lap        
28 43 United States Darrell Wallace Jr.  Chevrolet 201 2 laps        
29 00 United States Landon Cassill  Chevrolet 201 2 laps        
30 15 United States Garrett Smithley  Chevrolet 200 3 laps        
31 20 United States Erik Jones  Toyota 199 4 laps        
32 77 United States Quin Houff  Chevrolet 198 5 laps        
33 52 United States Josh Bilicki  Ford 197 6 laps        
34 38 United States David Ragan  Ford 195 8 laps        
35 14 United States Clint Bowyer  Ford 130 73 laps 1      
36 51 United States Kyle Weatherman  Chevrolet 69 134 laps
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Author Nick DeGroot