Darlington-Win-Banner

Start: 1st
Finish: 1st
Laps Led: 107

Stage 1 Finish: 1st
Stage 2 Finish: 3rd
Point Standings: 4th (-79)

race review

Joey Logano started from the pole and raced all the way to victory lane in Sunday’s Goodyear 400 at Darlington Raceway, collecting his 28th NASCAR Cup Series victory. The win in the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Mustang had an extra sentimental factor as the paint scheme replicated Logano’s first quarter midget. Logano showed late-run speed, passing Kyle Busch with 11 laps remaining in the opening stage to cruise to his first stage win of the year. Logano continued to run inside the top-three, taking turns in the lead before finishing third in Stage 2. In the final stage, the field would work through an entire green flag pit cycle. Logano would survive a late race shootout with William Byron to power to victory.

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“Just an incredible race there at the end with William (Byron). I don’t know if he meant to get into me and fence me, but he did and at that point I felt like it was game on and was able to get back to him there the last few laps, pushing really hard, and just knew that was my shot to win the thing and I had to take it. Man, I’m so proud of this team. It’s so cool to win in this car. This is my first quarter midget. This is the beginning and to see it in Victory Lane, I’m just so proud. My family is here. My mom, my dad. Happy Mother’s Day. My sister is here. Everybody is here. My wife is not here, unfortunately, and my kids, but this is a very special day to be able to get this one in Victory Lane and celebrate with a few of us here.”