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article imageNASCAR: Logano's second win means it's time to 'have some fun'

By John Duarte     Apr 27, 2014 in Sports
Richmond - Joey Logano made his move at precisely the right time and then drove away from the field to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota Owners 400, at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday night.
Logano was sitting fourth during the final restart of the night. He tried to be patient while watching Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski battle for the lead for a couple of laps.
“Any time you're down to the end of the race there is really no patience,” said Logano. “Obviously, I was able to see (what was happening) in front of me and wanted to make sure I was close enough when something happened and I was able to take advantage of it.”
Then, with four laps to go, Logano made is move. While the three cars in front of him jockeyed for position, Logano dropped to the inside of the track, slipping by them all and sprinting for the checkered flag.
“It comes down to the end of the race,” he said. “Patience is out the window. It's all about just go for it. Everyone is 'the heck with it.' If we crash, we crash. We're going for wins.”
The final battle took it's toll on Keselowski and Kenseth. Keselowski took issue with Kenseth's driving tactics and made his point clear.
“The 20 car (Kenseth) ran me off the race track, so I made sure to give him a bump,” Keselowski said.
Kenseth said it is all about racing.
“He was mad because I ran into him a little bit getting into (Turn) 3,” he said. “I guess he's upset about that. We were all going for the win. That's what we're supposed to be doing.”
Gordon, who ended up finishing second in the race, said emotions can run high during the final laps. He watched the Kenseth-Keselowski spar develop and simply ran his own race. He added he thought Keselowski had the better race car on the night, but defended Kenseth's actions on the race track as those of a driver trying to win a race.
“I think as good as that (car No.) 2 (Keselowski) there at the end, I think the 2 was probably going to win,” Gordon said. “I think Matt (Kenseth) did what he felt like he needed to do and probably didn't make the guys behind him very happy, but I can't say he did anything wrong.”
In the end, the on track jostling ended up costing both drivers. Keselowski finished fourth and Kenseth fifth.
Logano said winning his second race of the season after only nine races will have a huge impact on how he approaches races the rest of the way. Logano first win came three weeks ago in Texas, a superspeedway track very different from Richmond International Raceway.
“At this point, we really have nothing to lose. We're going to have some fun,” he said. “Having a couple of wins this early in the season, and on two completely different racetracks, makes you very confident for the rest of the season. It's all about going for wins (now) and having fun out there and making sure we're ready for when the Chase starts.”
Logano latest victory all but secures his place in the Chase for the Sprint Cup at the end of the season. Wins are the first criteria, under the NASCAR ranking format, in deciding the 16 drivers who will be part of the Chase, the final 10-race shootout for the Sprint Cup title. Logano and Kevin Harvick are the only drivers to win multiple races so far this year. In the overall Sprint Cup standings, Gordon has a five-point lead on Kenseth, but neither driver has won after the first nine races this season.
Next on the NASCAR schedule is the Aaron's 499. The race will be held on May 4, 2014, at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama.
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