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Joey Logano planted his powerful Penske Racing Ford at the front of the field early in the weekend at Michigan International Speedway. He qualified on pole, dominated the first stage and was the fastest car throughout the race's 400 miles. The delayed win on Monday was his second of the season and confirms that the recent inroads team Penske has made on the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas weren't a fluke. Logano's only true challenge came in the middle of the race when Kevin Harvick's Ford made life a little more difficult for a few laps. A near perfect restart in overtime sealed his win, with Kurt Busch wishing he had just a bit more edge to make a challenge.
The series takes a well-deserved break this week and returns to action in two weeks at Sonoma Raceway. The time away from the track will give some organizations time to assess what they need to correct and where they can make improvements before the run through the summer heats up. Martin Truex Jr. won last time in California's wine country, and road course racing almost always creates an exciting show for fans and fantasy players alike.
Joey Logano – Logano was the car to beat throughout the 400 miles run Monday evening at Michigan International Speedway. He was the fastest in qualifying, starting the race from pole, and went on to lead 163 of the 203 laps run. The only real challenge he had throughout the distance was from