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Logano gets much-needed win at Pure Michigan 400

The Sports Network

8/18/2013 4:43:55 PM

Brooklyn, MI (Sports Network) - Joey Logano gave his hopes of making the Chase for the Sprint Cup champion for the first time a huge boost by winning Sunday's Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

Logano, who earned the pole with a new track qualifying record at this two- mile racetrack on Friday, grabbed the lead with less than four laps remaining when then leader Mark Martin ran out of fuel. Logano last pitted for fuel with 41 laps to go, while Martin made his stop nine laps earlier.

Logano then held off Kevin Harvick at the finish by one second to claim his third career Sprint Cup Series win but his first since June 2012 at Pocono (45 races ago). He also moved from 16th to 13th in the point standings with just three races to go before Chase begins.

The 23-year-old Logano is in his fifth full season in Sprint Cup competition but his first as driver of the No. 22 Ford for Penske Racing. On Saturday, A.J. Allmendinger drove Penske's No. 22 Nationwide Series car to victory at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Kurt Busch finished third, while Paul Menard and Clint Bowyer rounded out the top-five. Martin, who drives the No. 55 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota part- time this season, ended up finishing one lap down in 27th.

Jimmie Johnson, the current points leader and the only driver who has clinched a spot in the Chase, suffered engine failure in the early going and wound up finishing 40th. Johnson had to start from the rear of the field in a backup car after he wrecked his primary vehicle in Saturday's final practice.