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Logano surges past Kenseth for first victory at Bristol
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Joey Logano celebrates winning a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn. - photo by Wade Payne

Bristol Race results

1. (5) Joey Logano, Ford, 500 laps, 133.8 rating, 47 points.
2. (9) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 500, 122.8, 43.
3. (16) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 500, 115.1, 42.
4. (6) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 500, 106.8, 40.
5. (7) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 500, 107.1, 39.
6. (21) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 500, 80.1, 38.
7. (3) Carl Edwards, Ford, 500, 100.4, 37.
8. (18) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 500, 116.8, 38.
9. (17) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 500, 85.3, 35.
10. (8) Greg Biffle, Ford, 500, 89.4, 34.
11. (1) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 500, 116.3, 34.
12. (40) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 500, 78.6, 32.
13. (11) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 500, 92, 31.
14. (22) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 500, 82.1, 30.
15. (25) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 499, 80, 29.
16. (2) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 499, 87.9, 29.
17. (14) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 498, 66.7, 27.
18. (28) Michael McDowell, Ford, 498, 63.7, 26.
19. (19) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 497, 71.9, 25.
20. (23) Martin Truex Jr., Chevrolet, 497, 68.4, 24.
21. (15) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 497, 71, 23.
22. (39) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 497, 57.9, 0.
23. (29) David Ragan, Ford, 496, 52.9, 21.
24. (36) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, 496, 52.2, 20.
25. (32) David Gilliland, Ford, 495, 49, 19.
26. (43) Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 495, 44.6, 18.
27. (24) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 493, 45.2, 17.
28. (26) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 493, 35.6, 16.
29. (30) Josh Wise, Chevrolet, 492, 42.8, 15.
30. (34) Cole Whitt, Toyota, 492, 38.1, 14.
31. (41) David Stremme, Chevrolet, 491, 33.5, 13.
32. (27) Alex Bowman, Toyota, 489, 53.9, 12.
33. (37) J.J. Yeley, Ford, 489, 37.4, 0.
34. (10) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 480, 53.8, 10.
35. (12) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 477, 79.6, 10.
36. (4) Kyle Busch, Toyota, accident, 442, 68.4, 9.
37. (33) Ryan Truex, Toyota, engine, 338, 38, 7.
38. (38) Michael Annett, Chevrolet, accident, 243, 29.9, 6.
39. (20) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, accident, 176, 68.6, 5.
40. (13) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, accident, 160, 79.5, 5.
41. (42) Aric Almirola, Ford, accident, 123, 43.7, 3.
42. (31) Brett Moffitt, Toyota, engine, 78, 30.8, 2.
43. (35) Dave Blaney, Chevrolet, overheating, 37, 24.8, 1.

Race Statistics
Average Speed of Race Winner: 92.965 mph.
Time of Race: 2 hours, 52 minutes, 0 seconds.
Margin of Victory: 0.390 seconds.
Caution Flags: 9 for 64 laps.
Lead Changes: 16 among 9 drivers.
Lap Leaders: K.Harvick 1-37; J.Gordon 38-54; Ky.Busch 55-62; K.Harvick 63; M.Kenseth 64-103; J.Logano 104-132; D.Hamlin 133-160; K.Harvick 161-197; K.Kahne 198-237; J.McMurray 238-265; B.Keselowski 266-311; J.McMurray 312-360; J.Logano 361; J.McMurray 362-432; J.Logano 433; M.Kenseth 434-455; J.Logano 456-500.
Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Led, Laps Led): J.McMurray, 3 times for 148 laps; J.Logano, 4 times for 76 laps; K.Harvick, 3 times for 75 laps; M.Kenseth, 2 times for 62 laps; B.Keselowski, 1 time for 46 laps; K.Kahne, 1 time for 40 laps; D.Hamlin, 1 time for 28 laps; J.Gordon, 1 time for 17 laps; Ky.Busch, 1 time for 8 laps.
Wins: D.Earnhardt Jr., 3; J.Gordon, 3; J.Johnson, 3; B.Keselowski, 3; J.Logano, 3; C.Edwards, 2; K.Harvick, 2; A.Allmendinger, 1; A.Almirola, 1; Ku.Busch, 1; Ky.Busch, 1; D.Hamlin, 1.
Top 12 in Points: 1. J.Gordon, 845; 2. D.Earnhardt Jr., 818; 3. B.Keselowski, 776; 4. J.Logano, 761; 5. M.Kenseth, 751; 6. J.Johnson, 726; 7. K.Harvick, 721; 8. C.Edwards, 716; 9. R.Newman, 710; 10. C.Bowyer, 699; 11. G.Biffle, 694; 12. K.Larson, 668.

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Joey Logano surged past Matt Kenseth with 44 laps to go and won for the first time in his career at Bristol Motor Speedway, foiling Kenseth's gambling attempt to secure a spot in NASCAR's playoffs.

Logano became the fifth driver this season to win three times, joining the Hendrick Motorsports trio of Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. and teammate Brad Keselowski, who finished second.

"It's awesome," Logano said in Victory Lane. "I've never won more than one race in a season, and now I've won three."

Kenseth elected to stay on the track when most of the field pitted after a caution flag with 67 laps to go, picking track position and fresh air over new tires. It seemed like a strategy that could work, especially if he could stay in the high racing groove that gave drivers decidedly more speed off the corners.

But the Penske Racing teammates quickly proved it faulty.

"I just knew that clean air was going to be worth more than new tires," Kenseth said of his decision after finishing third. He said he also felt his car wasn't as strong as he liked on fresh tires. "They cleared everybody way too fast."

He still remains in great position to make the playoffs, standing fifth in the points race and first among non-winners.

Jimmie Johnson, slowed early by two pit road speeding penalties, rallied to finish fourth, his best result since mid-June at Michigan, and Kurt Busch was fifth.

Gordon remained the points leader despite a 16th-place run. He's 27 clear of Earnhardt and 42 ahead of Keselowski.

With 100 to go, it looked possible the series might get a 13th winner of the year.

Jamie McMurray, who led a race-best 148 laps, was leading, followed by Kenseth, and Ryan Newman was ninth. As the final laps clicked off, though, McMurray faded to eighth and Newman, once as high as seventh, dropped to 13th.

Kasey Kahne, another driver desperate for a victory or a surge in the point standings, led the race for 40 laps, almost to the halfway point. He then pitted under green with a loose wheel and went two laps down. He wound up 35th.

It was another rough night for Aric Almirola, who has had six of those in a row since his first career victory at Daytona made him one of the unlikeliest drivers to secure a spot in the upcoming Chase.

Almirola, who started 42nd after crashing in qualifying, completed just 37 laps before crashing.

"What an amazing race car these guys brought me — two of them — and to go out like that is certainly disappointing. But that's racing at Bristol," he said. "You get caught up in other people's wrecks."

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