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It was more than a year in the making, but Joey Logano returned to Victory Lane in Sunday's GEICO 500 after running up front the entire race. He was in firm command of the race for the final laps, and successfully prevented the rest of the field from mounting any serious challenge to his dominance on his way to victory. The win is his first of the season and allays his fears of potentially missing the playoffs for a consecutive season.
Sunday's race featured two signature Talladega Superspeedway multicar crashes, one of which took out Logano's teammate Brad Keselowski. In the end, the lead-lap cars just couldn't do enough to make a challenge for the lead, and that was all Logano needed to triumph. The series has to shift gears again this week for yet another completely different circuit in Dover International Speedway. The concrete surface and high banks make for fast and hard racing. Jimmie Johnson has been the man to beat at the track, and he will be this week's defending champion.
Joey Logano – Logano spent a significant amount of time running up front at Talladega and watched his mirror in the final laps as no one behind him could gather enough momentum to make a move during his waltz to his first win in more than a year. Ever since the team was slapped with an encumbered win last season they haven't had their swagger and strength, but all that returned on Sunday as he