Joey Logano dominates, punches ticket to Chase


Joey Logano beat Chase Elliott off a restart with eight laps to go to win the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday. 

Elliott was tough in his quest to become the first NASCAR rookie to win at Michigan, leading 35 of the 200 laps, however, Logano was dominant as he led 138 laps during the main race.

Logano's victory was his first of the season, and the number 22 Pennzoil Ford driver clinched a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup in the process.

"We've been knocking on the door for a win all season," Logano said in his post-race interview on Fox Sports 1.

"We got the All-Star win, but it's nice to get that win and lock ourselves into the Chase."

Michigan is a coveted win on the Sprint Cup circuit because it is where manufacturers Ford and Chevrolet are based. It is also the home state of Roger Penske, owner of Logano's ride.

"Ford's backyard, Roger's backyard. This is a great place to win," said Logano.

Several other Chase contenders saw their bid for the checkers derailed early.   

While Martin Truex Jr spun out on lap 46, a few others would have taken his eventual 12th-place finish.  

Dale Earnhardt Jr's chances ended when he hit the wall after contact with AJ Allmendinger on Lap 61, and Kyle Busch's day was over when he blew an engine after 52 laps.