Sunday’s roundup: Logano holds off Keselowski
Richmond, Va. — Joey Logano pulled away after a restart with about 20 laps to go to win the NASCAR Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway on Sunday.
Logano, who qualified fifth but had to start 37th after making a transmission change, grabbed the lead from Penske Racing teammate Brad Keselowski on an earlier restart when Keselowski (Rochester Hills) had to make a defensive move to keep Kyle Busch from passing him on the inside.
“I was driving my guts out out there,” Logano said. “That’s all I had. We won with a car that may not have been a winning car, so that’s something to be very proud of as a team. That means the execution was there and we were able to put ourselves in position to race there hard at the end. Brad was the fastest car. He was so fast.”
Keselowski got stuck behind some slower cars on the restart, letting Logano pull away.
“I think what we needed was about 10 more laps,” Keselowski said.
Logano then had to get around Kyle Larson and five others who stayed on the track when everyone else pitted with just over 20 laps remaining. He made quick work of that challenge and pulled away while Keselowski and Denny Hamlin dueled for the second position. Keselowski held on for second, followed by Hamlin and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Valtteri Bottas fended off hard-charging Sebastian Vettel and outshone Lewis Hamilton to claim his first Formula One win in the Russian Grand Prix at Sochi.
Vettel’s second place meant the German extended his standings lead to 13 points over Mercedes driver Hamilton, who finished fourth.
Simon Pagenaud won the Verizon IndyCar race Saturday night at Phoenix.
The defending series champion grabbed the lead when Team Penske teammate Will Power pitted on the 137th lap.
The Detroit Grand Prix on Belle Isle is June 2-4.