Logano secures second win as Richmond goes rogue

(Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
(Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

There are many reasons why the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule needs more short tracks. Saturday night’s race is at the top of the list.

The Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway was set to be an interesting event. With a competition caution at lap 40 from hard rain, things were bound to get interesting as the sun went down. Surprisingly, the excitement began with the first lap. Polesitter Kyle Larson spun out, setting the tone for the race early on.

Once again, tire issues reared their ugly head. Shred by shred, they came apart, plaguing drivers like Jimmie Johnson, Clint Bowyer, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and more. When Johnson suffered from issues again, it was obvious that things were getting out of hand. The problems need to be addressed soon, because the results seen were unacceptable.

The end was the most thrilling part of the entire night, with a four-man brawl for the win with eight laps to go. Brad Keselowski created a hole for his machine between the wall and leader Matt Kenseth, and Jeff Gordon put the pressure on from underneath. Gordon, who had the best car all night, favored the inside line, yet it didn’t work out in his favor as Joey Logano caught up with the group. The No. 22 fought through and soared off into night, claiming his second win of 2014 and the third victory for Team Penske.

Logano’s success with Penske is admirable and impressive, and the streak doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. Teammate Keselowski was excited about the win, jumping on the hood of the No. 22 with a smile on his face.

That smile was a frown moments before, when the driver of the No. 2 shouted at Kenseth. He expressed his displeasure with how the driver treated him on-track. That was just a warm-up for the heavyweight battle between Marcos Ambrose and Casey Mears. The drivers, who finished 18th and 19th respectively, were arguing after the race when Mears grabbed the Aussie’s arm. In return, Ambrose punched Mears in the face, making contact and nearly drawing blood.

Saturday night’s race had a fantastic finish, many unpredictable factors, and an actual fistfight, which we haven’t seen in a long time.

Need I say more?

Point Standings after the Toyota Owners 400

1. Jeff Gordon (–)
2. Matt Kenseth (-5)
3. Carl Edwards (-28)
4. Kyle Busch (-31)
5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (-32)
6. Joey Logano (-49)
7. Brad Keselowski (-54)
8. Jimmie Johnson (-59)
9. Ryan Newman (-69)
10. Brian Vickers (-85)
10. Greg Biffle (-85)
12. Austin Dillon (-89)
13. Kyle Larson (-90)
14. Denny Hamlin (-96)
15. Tony Stewart (-98)
16. Marcos Ambrose (-99)

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