It was an impressive display, but all that could have gone for naught if he hadn't been sharp on one final restart. It was Penske Racing's fifth Cup win of the season. But it was a nailbiter at the end when Erik Jones' spin into the infield brought out the yellow flag setting up a two-lap restart.
"You race this whole race and you keep building that notebook up", Logano said in a post-race interview with FS1. Logano and Truex were up front on the restart, along with Kurt and Kyle Busch, and Logano pulled ahead and held on.
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.
"The 22 may or may not have jumped the restart there a little bit and got out and got clear", Kyle Busch said. "I don't know. I guess they don't enforce those rules anymore".
You bet - but they might not have done anything differently if they were in Logano's situation at that moment.
"Well, I was able to see right in front of me. I hit it when I got there", Logano said.
"There's nobody better than Joey that I'd like to see on a green and white checkered controlling the race". It was a good one.
"It feels so good", commented Logano, when asked about the win in Victory Lane.
"We review all starts and restarts from the tower and we looked at it and felt like he was in the restart zone", Sawyer said.
Will polesitters winning NASCAR Cup Series races become a trend throughout the remainder of the 2019 season after Joey Logano finally broke through with the first win from the pole position in almost a full year, or will another lengthy pole-to-win drought begin in the near future?
It came after Ford teams and drivers were practically ordered to get a win by Edsel Ford III during a dinner last week.
NASCAR's top series has been a two-team show.
The race was delayed from Sunday due to rain, but Logano dominated from the drop of the green flag.
Logano won the first stage but had to pit toward the end of the second. Austin Dillon 27. Michael McDowell 28.
Denny Hamlin quickly ducked to Logano's inside to take the lead as the race began, but Logano fought back to maintain the spot. The previous mark of 162 was set in 1989 by Rusty Wallace - although Logano's race was extended by the overtime.
Joey Logano, then driving for Joe Gibbs Racing, ended up ending this longest pole-to-win drought in Cup Series history at 30 race by winning the following race at Pocono Raceway in his #20 Toyota.
The race at Michigan International Speedway is 400 miles and 200 laps. Behind him, Kevin Harvick took second.
"That's more than what I was hoping to see for damage", said Busch after inspecting his auto. Then the 22 went like a whole auto length before the restart zone. Logano was actually the first driver to win from the pole all season - although all three of his career wins at MIS were as the pole victor.
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