Joey Logano had a fast No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion, led 25 laps and drove to a solid third-place finish on Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway. Logano started on the pole – his 15th-career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole and his fifth of the season – and jumped out to the lead and led the first 14 laps of the event before falling back to second. Logano ran in the top two for the first 120 laps before falling back through the field after staying out on older tires during an early pit stop. Logano dropped as far as 11th before eventually settling down and climbing back into the tail end of the top-10. Once Logano was able to pit and get fresh tires, he began to make his charge back toward the front, working his way to fifth by lap 230 and third by lap 280. Logano got back to second following a round of pit stops on lap 292 and battled eventual race winner Matt Kenseth for the lead over the remainder of the race. Unfortunately, Logano couldn’t make a pass for the lead to stick and slipped to third on the final restart, picking up his 16th top-five finish of the season. Based on his three wins this season, Logano will now start the 2015 Chase for the Sprint Cup as the fourth seed and will be just three points back of the leaders heading into Chicagoland Speedway next weekend.

“It was a really great run for us tonight. I thought we were decent in practice but didn’t think we would be that good. We weren’t in the beginning part of the race but then as we kept going I felt like we got our Shell Pennzoil Ford faster and Todd made great adjustments. We got behind on a strategy call when we stayed out and we hung pretty good and I think we were 10th at the end of that run and then worked our way back toward the front. We had a shot at the win at the end but those restarts. We don’t know what the rules are on the restarts because they are different every week. Once week it is not okay to jump the start and the next week it is okay to jump. I try to understand the rules but I can’t figure it out. We will all be lost together.”