Joey Logano put the pedal to the medal yesterday to drive his #22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford around a three-way duel between Jeff Gordon, Brad Keselowski and Matt Kenseth during the final laps of the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway last night for his 5th Sprint Cup victory. In the end, Jeff Gordon, who lead 173 laps finished second behind Logano, with Kyle Busch taking the third spot.
''I'm more surprised than anyone else here,'' 'This is one of my worst tracks. ... What a crazy finish.''
The race seemed to be marked by more "road rage" among the drivers than usual. In fact, tempers flared early in the race when Clint Bowyer rear-ended Kyle Larson sending him spinning into the wall on the first turn of lap 1, then blamed Larson for “cutting back down” on him, and (basically) accusing the rookie of wrecking himself from behind.” Other drivers, furious with the way Matt Kensett “ran every lane” blocking drivers in his quest to win, and causing at least three of them to ram his car in frustration when they trying to win, including Keselowski.
Tempers also spilled over into the garage when a confrontation between Marcos Ambrose and Casey Mears, who finished 18th and 19th respectively ended up in a slug-fest. According to witnesses, Mears punched Ambrose in the face, drawing blood and he was pushed out of the way by his rival. The incident is being investigated by NASCAR officials.
In the end, Jeff Gordon, who lead 173 laps finished second behind Logano, with Kyle Busch taking the third spot.