NASCAR results at Michigan: Joey Logano dominates FireKeepers Casino 400, wins in OTSporting News — (Thomas Schlarp)
Drivers spent nearly the entire race looking at the rear of Joey Logano's yellow No. 22 car, but a caution on the final laps and an overtime finish made things close as Logano held on for his second victory of the season.
The weekend could not have gone much better for Logano after the defending Monster Energy Cup Series champion won pole position in Saturday's qualifying. The No. 22 car capitalized on his prime track position and led 163 of the FireKeepers Casino's 203 laps. The win was Logano's third career win at Michigan International Speedway and 23rd overall victory of his career.
Kurt Busch sailed by Martin Truex Jr. on the overtime's restart to claim second place, tying his season-best finish of second at Bristol. Truex, Daniel Suarez and points leader Kyle Busch rounded out the top five.
Austin Dillon claimed the first stage victory of his career by winning Stage 2. Contact with William Byron and the wall midway through the final stage, however, spelled near-disaster for the No. 3. Dillon finished 26th.
Monday's race was the result of a postponement from a Sunday afternoon start time due to persisting rain showers. The Monster Energy Cup Series now takes a week off for Father's Day before heading to Sonoma Raceway for the first road course of the season.
Sporting News tracked live updates and highlights from the FireKeepers Casino 400.
NASCAR at Michigan: Live updates, highlights from FireKeepers Casino 400
(All times Eastern.)
Caution flags: 7
Lead changes: 19
Lap leaders: Joey Logano (161), Kevin Harvick (15), Austin Dillon (7), Brad Keselowski (6), Denny Hamlin (5), William Byron (2), Aric Almirola (1), Ryan Blaney (1), Clint Bowyer (1), Chase Elliott (1),
FireKeepers Casino 400: 2019 winner, top 20 order of finish
|Finish||Driver||Team (Car No.)||Laps led|
|1.||Joey Logano||Team Penske (22)||163|
|2.||Kurt Busch||Chip Ganassi Racing (1)|
|3.||Martin Truex Jr.||Joe Gibbs Racing (19)|
|4.||Daniel Suarez||Stewart-Haas (41)||1|
|5.||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing (18)|
|6.||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske (2)||6|
|7.||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas (4)||15|
|8.||Ryan Newman||Richard Childress Racing (6)|
|9.||Ryan Blaney||Team Penske (12)||1|
|10.||Alex Bowman||Hendrick Motorsports (88)|
|11.||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing (11)||5|
|12.||Daniel Hemric||Richard Childress Racing (8)|
|13.||Paul Menard||Wood Brothers Racing (21)|
|14.||Kyle Larson||Chip Ganassi Racing (42)|
|15.||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports (48)|
|16.||Chris Buescher||JTG Daugherty Racing (37)|
|17.||Aric Almirola||Stewart-Haas (10)||1|
|18.||William Byron||Hendrick Motorsports (24)||2|
|19.||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Roush Fenway Racing (17)|
|20.||Chase Elliott||Hendrick Motorsports (9)||1|
8:03 p.m.: Logano holds on to beat Kurt Busch by two car lengths for his his second win of the year.
8:01 p.m.: Green! Two laps to victory.
8:00 p.m.: Going to be some overtime.
7:53 p.m.: Caution with five laps to go. Erik Jones is in the infield. This restart is going to be CRAZY.
7:49 p.m.: Ten to go. Logano has a 1.4-second lead over Truex. Kyle Busch has climbed to fourth.
7:45 p.m.: Everyone has pitted now with 15 laps to go. Logano is back in first followed by Truex and Kurt Busch.
7:40 p.m.: Logano is among a herd of drivers to go to pit road with 24 laps remaining.
7:37 p.m.: Harvick heads to pit road from second place with 27 laps left. He took four tires.
7:32 p.m.: David Ragan and Matt Tifft both hit the wall and take damage, but we stay green.
7:30 p.m.: 40 laps remain, and it's still Logano's race to lose. Truex, Harvick, Kurt Busch and Daniel Suarez round out the top five.
7:22 p.m.: Logano quickly blasts back into first. Bubba Wallace is going to the pits with a lot of smoke behind him.
7:18 p.m.: Erik Jones is heading to pit road with a flat front right tire. Harvick passed Logano for first.
7:17 p.m.: We're back under green with 59 laps to go.
7:08 p.m.: Logano quickly makes an aggressive pass by Larson for the lead, but Austin Dillon loses control and hits the wall, bringing out another yellow flag. William Byron may have hit Dillon.
7:07 p.m.: Green flag with 66 laps to go.
7:02 p.m.: That puts an end to Bowyer's day.
7:00 p.m.: Caution. Clint Bowyer made contact with the No. 20 car, and sent Bowyer crashing into the wall.
6:59 p.m.: Wow, Larson and Logano hit each other hard, but both managed to save it.
6:58 p.m.: Green flag for the final stage.
6:55 p.m.: Logano will be right where he's spent the majority of the race, after winning the battle off pit road.
6:52 p.m.: Aric Almirola will restart from the rear after being penalized for driving through too many pit boxes.
Stage 2 winner: Austin Dillon
6:46 p.m.: Austin Dillon wins his first stage. Harvick and Truex follow close behind.
6:43 p.m.: Larson took tires. Logano and Blaney also make their way to pit road. Clint Bowyer takes the lead with four to go.
6:40 p.m.: Eight laps to go in Stage 2. It's still Logano, Larson, Blaney in the top positions. Everyone in the top five may need to fuel.
6:34 p.m.: Larson's team has informed him he won't be able to complete the stage with his current fuel levels.
6:28 p.m.: Kyle Larson passes Blaney for second with 26 laps remaining in Stage 2.
6:21 p.m.: Well all those pit road visits for Harvick apparently paid off. He's improved 10 spots to 16th since the restart.
6:17 p.m.: Back under green on Lap 76 of 200.
6:14 p.m.: Johnson took more damage for another collision on pit road.
6:13 p.m.: A lot of drivers gambling on fuel, believing they can make it 52 laps until the end of the stage.
6:07 p.m.: Caution on Lap 71. Kyle Weatherman hit the wall and lost a piece from the back of his No. 51 car.
6:05 p.m.: Matt Tifft was too fast entering pit road. He'll restart at the back.
6:01 p.m.: After taking four tires on his initial trip down pit road, Harvick is going back.
5:59 p.m.: Logano won the race of pit road. Pretty much everyone took four tires.
Stage 1 winner: Joey Logano
5:54 p.m.: Logano beats Bowman by a single car length to win his sixth stage of the season, the most among all drivers. Erik Jones finished third.
5:51 p.m.: Kyle Larson has improved 16 spots since the competition caution to seventh.
5:48 p.m.: Harvick hits pit road with seven laps remaining. He was complaining of a loose wheel. It may cost him a lap.
5:44 p.m.: Aric Almirola passes Erik Jones for second with 13 laps left in Stage 1.
5:40 p.m.: Kurt Busch hit the wall with some decent force. It caused Harvick to hit the brakes, dropping him seven spots to ninth.
5:34 p.m.: Halfway through Stage 1, and Martin Truex has skyrocketed to third.
5:29 p.m.: Jimmie Johnson collided with Matt DiBenedetto on pit road. Pretty heavy damage to Johnson's front right.
5:26 p.m.: Logano took two tires but still won the race off pit road.
5:23 p.m.: Competition caution after 20 laps for rain from overnight.
5:20 p.m.: Kyle Busch is all the way back in 22nd.
5:17 p.m.: Ten laps in, it's Logano, Harvick and Hamlin at the top.
5:11 p.m.: Clint Bowyer had the worst start, dropping eight spots to 13.
5:10 p.m.: Green flag!
Monday, 5:01 p.m.: Looks like much better weather today for some fast racing.
Sunday, 4:31 p.m.: Official word is the race has been postponed until Monday at 5 p.m. E.T..