Logano edged Keselowski for first win at Bristol

Aug. 23, 2014 @ 11:12 PM

Joey Logano surged past Matt Kenseth with 44 laps to go and won for the first time in his career at Bristol Motor Speedway, foiling Kenseth's gambling attempt to secure a spot in NASCAR's playoffs.

Logano became the fifth driver this season to win three times, joining the Hendrick Motorsports trio of Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. and teammate Brad Keselowski, who finished second.

"It's awesome," Logano said in Victory Lane. "I've never won more than one race in a season, and now I've won three."

Kenseth elected to stay on the track when most of the field pitted after a caution flag with 67 laps to go, picking track position over new tires. But once the green flag flew again, Logano and then Keselowski proved the choice faulty.

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Saturday
At Bristol Motor Speedway
Bristol, Tenn.
Lap length: .533 miles
(Start position in parentheses)

1. (5) Joey Logano, Ford, 500 laps, 133.8 rating, 47 points.

2. (9) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 500, 122.8, 43.

3. (16) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 500, 115.1, 42.

4. (6) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 500, 106.8, 40.

5. (7) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 500, 107.1, 39.

6. (21) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 500, 80.1, 38.

7. (3) Carl Edwards, Ford, 500, 100.4, 37.

8. (18) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 500, 116.8, 38.

9. (17) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 500, 85.3, 35.

10. (8) Greg Biffle, Ford, 500, 89.4, 34.

11. (1) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 500, 116.3, 34.

12. (40) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 500, 78.6, 32.

13. (11) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 500, 92, 31.

14. (22) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 500, 82.1, 30.

15. (25) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 499, 80, 29.

16. (2) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 499, 87.9, 29.

17. (14) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 498, 66.7, 27.

18. (28) Michael McDowell, Ford, 498, 63.7, 26.

19. (19) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 497, 71.9, 25.

20. (23) Martin Truex Jr., Chevrolet, 497, 68.4, 24.

21. (15) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 497, 71, 23.

22. (39) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 497, 57.9, 0.

23. (29) David Ragan, Ford, 496, 52.9, 21.

24. (36) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, 496, 52.2, 20.

25. (32) David Gilliland, Ford, 495, 49, 19.

26. (43) Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 495, 44.6, 18.

27. (24) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 493, 45.2, 17.

28. (26) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 493, 35.6, 16.

29. (30) Josh Wise, Chevrolet, 492, 42.8, 15.

30. (34) Cole Whitt, Toyota, 492, 38.1, 14.

31. (41) David Stremme, Chevrolet, 491, 33.5, 13.

32. (27) Alex Bowman, Toyota, 489, 53.9, 12.

33. (37) J.J. Yeley, Ford, 489, 37.4, 0.

34. (10) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 480, 53.8, 10.

35. (12) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 477, 79.6, 10.

36. (4) Kyle Busch, Toyota, accident, 442, 68.4, 9.

37. (33) Ryan Truex, Toyota, engine, 338, 38, 7.

38. (38) Michael Annett, Chevrolet, accident, 243, 29.9, 6.

39. (20) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, accident, 176, 68.6, 5.

40. (13) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, accident, 160, 79.5, 5.

41. (42) Aric Almirola, Ford, accident, 123, 43.7, 3.

42. (31) Brett Moffitt, Toyota, engine, 78, 30.8, 2.

43. (35) Dave Blaney, Chevrolet, overheating, 37, 24.8, 1.

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Race Statistics

Average Speed of Race Winner: 92.965 mph.

Time of Race: 2 hours, 52 minutes, 0 seconds.

Margin of Victory: 0.390 seconds.

Caution Flags: 9 for 64 laps.

Lead Changes: 16 among 9 drivers.

Lap Leaders: K.Harvick 1-37; J.Gordon 38-54; Ky.Busch 55-62; K.Harvick 63; M.Kenseth 64-103; J.Logano 104-132; D.Hamlin 133-160; K.Harvick 161-197; K.Kahne 198-237; J.McMurray 238-265; B.Keselowski 266-311; J.McMurray 312-360; J.Logano 361; J.McMurray 362-432; J.Logano 433; M.Kenseth 434-455; J.Logano 456-500.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Led, Laps Led): J.McMurray, 3 times for 148 laps; J.Logano, 4 times for 76 laps; K.Harvick, 3 times for 75 laps; M.Kenseth, 2 times for 62 laps; B.Keselowski, 1 time for 46 laps; K.Kahne, 1 time for 40 laps; D.Hamlin, 1 time for 28 laps; J.Gordon, 1 time for 17 laps; Ky.Busch, 1 time for 8 laps.

Wins: D.Earnhardt Jr., 3; J.Gordon, 3; J.Johnson, 3; B.Keselowski, 3; J.Logano, 3; C.Edwards, 2; K.Harvick, 2; A.Allmendinger, 1; A.Almirola, 1; Ku.Busch, 1; Ky.Busch, 1; D.Hamlin, 1.

Top 12 in Points: 1. J.Gordon, 845; 2. D.Earnhardt Jr., 818; 3. B.Keselowski, 776; 4. J.Logano, 761; 5. M.Kenseth, 751; 6. J.Johnson, 726; 7. K.Harvick, 721; 8. C.Edwards, 716; 9. R.Newman, 710; 10. C.Bowyer, 699; 11. G.Biffle, 694; 12. K.Larson, 668.

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NASCAR Driver Rating Formula

A maximum of 150 points can be attained in a race.

The formula combines the following categories: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Average Running Position While on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish.

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