Joey Logano passes Bowyer to win Stage 2 at Richmond

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Joey Logano passes Bowyer to win Stage 2 at Richmond
Jim Utter
By: Jim Utter
Apr 22, 2018, 12:20 AM

Joey Logano passed Clint Bowyer with seven laps remaining to complete a sweep of the first two stages of Saturday night’s Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond (Va.) Raceway.

Joey Logano, Team Penske, Ford Fusion Shell Pennzoil
Joey Logano, Team Penske, Ford Fusion Shell Pennzoil and crew chief Todd Gordon
Joey Logano, Team Penske, Ford Fusion Shell Pennzoil and Todd Gordon
Clint Bowyer, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Hall Of Fans and Mike Bugarewicz
Clint Bowyer, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Hall Of Fans
Aric Almirola, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Smithfield
Aric Almirola, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Smithfield
Kurt Busch, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Fusion Haas Automation/Monster Energy

The stage victories were the first two of the season for Logano.

Aric Almirola finished third, Kurt Busch was fourth and rookie William Byron completed the top-five.

Also finishing in the Top 10 and collecting stage points were Kyle Busch, Ryan Newman, Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr. and Kevin Harvick.

After pit stops during the break between Stages 1 and 2, Logano was first off pit road and continued to lead when the race returned to green-flag conditions on Lap 112. He was followed by Kurt Busch and Byron.

Kyle Larson and A.J. Allmendinger were penalized for an uncontrolled tire during their respective pit stops and had to start Stage 2 from the rear of the field. Also sent to the back was  Harvick as he had a pit crew member penalized for throwing equipment.

Kurt Busch quickly got around Logano on the restart and took over the race lead.

Thirty laps into Stage 2, Kurt Busch continued to hold a solid advantage over Logano as Kyle Busch moved into third.

On Lap 138, Kyle Busch moved into second, behind his older brother.

Bowyer moved past Kyle Busch and into the second position with 50 laps remaining in Stage 2. They were followed by Kyle Busch, Logano and Almirola.

On Lap 169, Bowyer got around Kurt Busch on the high side to take the lead for the first time in the race.

With 20 laps left in Stage 2, Logano moved into the second position behind Bowyer as Kurt Busch fell to third. “It’s too loose,” Busch said over his team radio.

With seven laps left, Logano got around Bowyer in Turn 2 to reclaim the lead as Stage 2 drew to close.

 

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Series NASCAR Cup
Event Richmond
Location Richmond International Raceway
Drivers Joey Logano
Teams Team Penske
Author Jim Utter
Article type Race report