DARLINGTON, S.C. (Might 8, 2022) – Executing a decisive bash-and-run on the next-to-last-lap of Sunday’s Goodyear 400 at Darlington Raceway, Joey Logano wrested the lead from William Byron and ended a NASCAR Cup Collection 40-race winless streak dating to March of 2021 at the Bristol Dust Keep track of.
Soon after Logano gave Byron’s Chevrolet a jolt coming into Transform 3 on the white-flag lap, Byron shot up the observe into the outdoors wall and fell back again to 13th at the end.
Driving a No. 22 Ford sporting the throwback paint plan of his to start with quarter-midget racer, Logano beat runner-up Tyler Reddick to the end line by .775 seconds to receive his initial victory at Darlington and the 28th of his job.
Logano now has received at the very least 1 race in 11 consecutive Cup Series seasons.
“Yeah, you are not heading to set me in the wall and not get just about anything again,” Logano mentioned, evidently referring to before contact from Byron’s vehicle. “That’s how that will work. Person, tremendous very pleased of the Shell-Pennzoil crew, having a victory right here in Darlington. You know what it’s like—I’ve never ever gained below in a Cup race right before.
“So happy of this race crew. Fantastic execution all working day long. I’ll explain to you what, the coolest thing is finding this automobile into Victory Lane. This is the auto where by it all started off for me back again in ’95 in a quarter midget. Seriously, honestly, all the young little ones racing out there ideal now—this could be you.”
An incensed Byron obviously thought Logano crossed the line with his aggressive maneuver.
“We were genuinely shut off of (Switch) 2, and I imagine it spooked him and obtained him tight, and he was ideal from the wall, and I got the direct,” Byron said of a restart on Lap 268. “He’s just an fool. He does this things all the time. I’ve noticed it with other fellas.
“He drove in there 10 miles an hour way too quick, and with these Upcoming-Gen cars and trucks, he slammed me so challenging it knocked the total appropriate side off the automobile, and no way to make the corner.
“Yeah, he’s just a moron. He just can’t acquire a race, so he does it that way. I do not know, we’ll… yeah, it was shut racing on the restart. We ended up speedier than him. Obviously, at the close the correct rear (of Byron’s motor vehicle) commenced to go absent, and, yeah, he did not even make it a contest.”
Justin Haley ran 3rd, adopted by Kevin Harvick, who posted his 13th straight leading-10 final result at the Woman in Black—a observe file. Chase Elliott began at the rear of the industry in a backup motor vehicle and concluded fifth.
A significant wreck off Switch 2 on Lap 261 of 293 took out additional than a handful of frontrunning vehicles and set up the closing restart. Martin Truex Jr., who had restarted on the inside of Row 2, lost momentum in the corner and slid back between the Chevrolet of Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and the Ford of Kevin Harvick.
Truex’s Toyota produced slight make contact with with Stenhouse’s Camaro in the outside—but more than enough to get started Truex spinning sideways. The wreck collected the automobiles of Kurt Busch, Bubba Wallace, Cole Custer, Denny Hamlin, Erik Jones, Chase Briscoe, Ryan Blaney and Elliott, which endured hurt ranging from minimum to terminal.
Unwell fortune led to the demise of a few of the strongest autos in advance of the race achieved the halfway level. On Lap 114 second-position starter Kyle Larson introduced his No. 5 Chevrolet to pit road and retired with motor failure.
Lap 167 brought the downfall of Kyle Busch, who experienced led 19 laps. The No. 6 Ford of Brad Keselowski pounded the outside wall in Convert 2 and gathered the Toyota of Busch, reducing each vehicles from the race.
Ross Chastain collected the 2nd stage win of his career in Stage 2, but his elation was short-lived. Times right after the subsequent restart on Lap 196, Chastain’s No. 1 Chevrolet spun to the inside of Hamlin’s Toyota near the exit of Transform 2 and nosed into the inside of wall, ending his race.
“We had been preventing the equilibrium all working day,” Chastain said. “We were racing with individuals men for the direct. I just imagined I could run the base there off of Switch 2 at the exit of the patch (of new asphalt). I just received free on the transition and spun out.”
By the time the race ended, 13 of the 36 cars previously ended up in the garage, equaling the quantity of DNFs previous thirty day period at Talladega.
Logano’s victory in a Ford saved Chevrolet winless at Darlington considering the fact that Harvick’s victory there in 2014.
–NASCAR Wire Service
2022 NASCAR Time
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