Monday, June 13, 2016



Race Recap

FireKeepers Casino 400
Michigan International Speedway – Brooklyn, Michigan
Sunday, June 12, 2016

Race Winner: Joey Logano
Age: 26
Team: No. 22 – Shell Pennzoil Ford
Owner: Team Penske
Crew Chief: Todd Gordon

IN THE WORDS OF THE WINNER – “First off, I didn't win, we won as a team.  You know, it was an amazing team effort from Friday or when we unloaded with this rules package.  You don't know what you're up against when you barrel down into Turn 1 the first time, and you say, oh, my God, they weren't kidding about that small spoiler on the back of it, and you start to -- everyone started working on the car, able to put the thing on the pin to start the race and be able to stay up in the top two the whole race.  It goes to show that not only did we have a fast race car, you've seen a lot of times a fast race car doesn't win the race all the time, you've got to execute throughout it.  Seeing the strategy that Todd had, the execution of the pit crew to keep us up front, the way the restarts went and able to maintain the lead and keep that clean air, everyone did their job the way we were supposed to.  It feels good to be able to do that. When you lead that many laps, it's more of a relief when you win than anything because you feel like you're supposed to when you have a car that good. It felt really good to pull our car into victory lane, get that win.  I consider it our second win of the season.  I know you guys don't.  But I think we've celebrated twice this year, so it's nice to be able to know that we're locked into the Chase and we can race even harder than we do now.”

-       Joey Logano


·         Joey Logano won the 48th annual FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway Sunday afternoon. For Logano, it was his 15th victory in 271 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.  It is his first victory and ninth top-10 finish of 2016.  It was the third straight race in which he finished in the top 10.

·         The victory snaps a string of 18 consecutive races without a win for Logano. Prior to today, his last win came on October 25, 2015 at Talladega Superspeedway.

·         This is Logano’s second victory and 10th top-10 finish in 16 races at Michigan International Speedway.

·         Logano’s win today is the 100th for Roush-Yates Engines in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

·         Chase Elliott (second) posted his first top-10 finish in two races at Michigan International Speedway.

·         Elliott’s second place showing was his best performance of the year. It is Elliott’s sixth straight top-10 and sixth top-5 finish of 2016.

·         Kyle Larson (third) posted his second top-10 finish in six races at Michigan International Speedway.

·         It is Larson’s fourth top-10 and third top-5 finish through 15 races this season.

·         Brad Keselowski finished fourth, giving him his 10th top-10 finish of the year. It is also his third consecutive top-5.

·         Kevin Harvick’s fifth place finish on Sunday was his 12th top-10 and seventh top-5 showing of 2016.

·         Kevin Harvick (526) leads the 2016 Sprint Cup points standing by 30 points over Kurt Busch (496).  The following are the top five drivers in points through the first 15 races:

Driver                                           Wins               Points
Kevin Harvick                                 1                       526
Kurt Busch                                     1                       496
Brad Keselowski                            2                       480
Carl Edwards                                 2                       472
Joey Logano                                  1                       455

·         With the win, Joey Logano becomes the tenth driver to qualify for the 2016 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, a list which also includes Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth and Martin Truex Jr., all of who have taken checkered flags this year.  The Chase culminates with the Ford EcoBoost 400 championship race on November 20 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

·         In seven career Sprint Cup starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Joey Logano has compiled two top-10 finishes. Logano’s best showing at Homestead-Miami Speedway came on November 22, 2015 in the Ford EcoBoost 400 where he finished fourth and led 72 laps.

·         Starting this year, the XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series will feature championship races at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 19 (NXS) and November 18 (NCWTS).  Four drivers will compete amongst a full field for their respective title. The following are the top drivers thus far in the XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series:


Driver                                           Wins                    Points
Daniel Suarez                                  1                        452                         
Elliott Sadler                                    1                        434          
Ty Dillon                                           0                        416
Erik Jones                                        2                        397              
Justin Allgaier                                  0                         388

Camping World Truck Series

Driver                                           Wins                    Points
Matt Crafton                                     2                           194
Timothy Peters                                 0                           176
William Byron                                   2                           171
Daniel Hemric                                  0                           168
John Hunter Nemechek                   1                           153
Johnny Sauter                                 1                            151