Logano Overcomes Untimely Late Caution to Become Seventh Different Winner in 2014

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Just as the Duck Commander 500 looked to be over, a game changing late yellow-flag made for a wild final restart. Joey Logano led prior to the caution, but strategy by other teams on pit road led to Logano having to restart third. However, his four tires prevailed over Jeff Gordon and Brian Vickers’ two, allowing Logano to save a win that almost got away.

Regardless of the race being run a day late due to rain, a great show was still put on Monday afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway. The action started early on as wild circumstances began the day.

Under the green and yellow flag conditions that started the race, many teams faced hood and roof flap problems. As the jet dryers finished drying the track, the powerful air hit the cars, loosening up some flaps which forced drivers to pit to have the damage evaluated.

The second caution featured a vicious wreck by Dale Earnhardt Jr. While racing through the dog-leg shaped frontstretch, Earnhardt Jr. got too low on the track and had part of his car go through the grass. That ripped his front bumper severely and sent him hard into the outside wall. The No.88 caught fire soon after, but it was extinguished quickly. Earnhardt Jr. was okay.

Jimmie Johnson was running behind Earnhardt Jr. at the time and suffered some front-end damage. Johnson was able to continue, but the damage hurt his performance throughout the race.

Logano kept creeping towards the front throughout the middle portion of the race. On Lap 227, he was able to get around teammate Brad Keselowski to take his first lead of the day.

The No.22 car remained out front from that point until the final caution came out. Logano was feet away from taking the white flag before Kurt Busch got into the wall and spread debris across the track.

The final pit stops then changed the restart order as Gordon and Vickers led the field to green with two laps to go.

As Gordon pulled out to the lead, Logano stalked him from behind and was able to make his move for the top spot on the white flag lap. There was no stopping Logano from that point on as he was able to grab his first victory of the season.

With Logano’s victory, the streak of different winners continues and is now at seven. NASCAR heads to the Darlington Raceway next where good hard racing could produce an eighth different victor.

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Results via ESPN.com

POS DRIVER CAR MANUFACTURER LAPS MONEY START LED PTS BONUS PENALTY
1 Joey Logano Ford 340 10 108 48 5 0
2 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 340 12 40 43 1 0
3 Kyle Busch Toyota 340 29 10 42 1 0
4 Brian Vickers Toyota 340 23 0 40 0 0
5 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 340 14 0 39 0 0
6 Greg Biffle Ford 340 4 0 38 0 0
7 Matt Kenseth Toyota 340 26 0 37 0 0
8 Clint Bowyer Toyota 340 25 1 37 1 0
9 Paul Menard Chevrolet 340 13 0 35 0 0
10 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 340 1 74 35 1 0
11 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 340 32 0 33 0 0
12 Aric Almirola Ford 340 17 0 32 0 0
13 Denny Hamlin Toyota 340 6 20 32 1 0
14 Carl Edwards Ford 340 5 0 30 0 0
15 Brad Keselowski Ford 340 2 85 30 1 0
16 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 340 8 0 28 0 0
17 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 340 15 0 27 0 0
18 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet 340 18 0 26 0 0
19 Trevor Bayne Ford 339 7 0 0 0 0
20 Marcos Ambrose Ford 339 9 0 24 0 0
21 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 339 20 0 23 0 0
22 David Gilliland Ford 339 39 0 22 0 0
23 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 339 33 0 21 0 0
24 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 339 22 0 20 0 0
25 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 338 16 0 19 0 0
26 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 338 31 0 18 0 0
27 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 338 24 0 17 0 0
28 Casey Mears Chevrolet 338 21 0 16 0 0
29 Michael Annett Chevrolet 337 27 0 15 0 0
30 Michael McDowell Ford 335 28 0 14 0 0
31 Cole Whitt Toyota 335 42 0 13 0 0
32 Alex Bowman Toyota 335 30 0 12 0 0
33 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 334 38 1 12 1 0
34 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 334 40 0 0 0 0
35 David Ragan Ford 334 43 0 9 0 0
36 Josh Wise Chevrolet 333 41 0 8 0 0
37 Travis Kvapil Ford 332 37 0 7 0 0
38 David Reutimann Ford 332 34 0 6 0 0
39 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 327 11 0 5 0 0
40 Parker Kligerman Toyota 313 36 0 4 0 0
41 Dave Blaney 77 Ford 272 35 0 3 0 0
42 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 28 3 1 3 1 0
43 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 12 19 0 1 0 0
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