Joey Logano Wins From the Pole at Michigan
NASCAR Wire Service: Add another name to the Chase conversation. Joey
Logano started Sunday's Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race from the pole, and after a convoluted mix of strategy and racing incidents, it was Logano who claimed the victory and established himself as a contender for a berth in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. The victory was Logano's first of the season, his first at Michigan, his first for Penske Racing and the third of his career. Kevin Harvick ran second, followed by Kurt Busch, Paul Menard and Clint Bowyer. The victory moved Logano from 16th to 13th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings, 17 points out of 10 place. The youngest winner in MIS history also is in play for a Wild Card, with two spots available to the drivers in positions 11-20 in the standings with the most victories.
Up Next: Bristol Night Race
Race: Irwin Tools Night Race - Race 24 of 36
Race Length: 500 laps - 266.5 miles
Track: Bristol Motor Speedway - .533 mile
2012 Winner: Denny Hamlin
Radio: PRN Radio - Sat., Aug. 24 - 5:30 pm CDT
TV: ABC - Saturday, Aug. 24 - 6:00 pm CDT
Notes: With three races left in the Sprint Cup Series’ regular season, there is a big
battle for drivers to make the Chase. Right now, there is only a 31 point gap
between 8th and 15th in the standings. The Top-10 plus two Wild Cards get in.
Mark Martin To Take over No. 14 While Tony Stewart Recovers From Broken Leg
Jim Utter - Charlotte Observer:NASCAR veteran Mark Martin will take over the driving duties of Stewart-Haas Racing's No. 14 Chevrolet as soon as next weekend's Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol, multiple sources
confirmed to The Observer and ThatsRacin.com. Martin will drive the No. 14 while Tony Stewart continues to recover from two broken bones in his right leg, which he suffered in an accident in a Sprint car race earlier this month. Martin will remain the team's driver the remainder of the 2013 season if necessary, except for the Oct. 20 race at Talladega, Ala., sources said. An official announcement of the move is expected on
Monday. Martin was scheduled to run several races yet this season with Michael Waltrip Racing's No. 55 Toyota team, but Brian Vickers is expected to take over those races for the remainder of the season, sources said. Last week MWR announced Vickers would drive for the team fulltime beginning in the 2014 season.
Who's Hot: Brad Keselowski
Brad Keselowski has won two of the last four Bristol races. Brad has also led more laps than any other driver during that stretch.
Who's Not: Jeff Burton
Jeff Burton last won at Bristol in 2008. In the 10 races since though, Burton has led only two laps, with an average finish of 20th.
1 JIMMIE JOHNSON
2 Clint Bowyer -41
3 Carl Edwards -51
4 Kevin Harvick -64
5 Kyle Busch -107
6 Matt Kenseth -125
7 Dale Earnhardt Jr. -134
8 Brad Keselowski -146
9 Kurt Busch -148
10 Greg Biffle -150
WC Kasey Kahne 2 Wins
WC Marin Truex Jr. 1 Win