CP MOTORSPORTS - LOGANO MAKES MOVE TO WIN GRANDFATHER'S CLOCK
Joey Logano capitalized on a late race Green - White - Checkered to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kroger 250 on Saturday afternoon at Martinsville Speedway.
Driving for Team Penske teammate Brad Keselowski, Logano started on the pole leading 150 of 250 laps to capture his first victory in his first start of the season in the truck series. The win is Logano’s first of his career in the Camping World Truck Series.
"I just had a good restart," Logano said of his final run to the checkered flag. "My tires were hooked up well. I prepped them good down the back straightaway and made sure I had them clean enough. We got a good jump and then I just drove it in there and hoped for the best.
“It’s a lot of work here at Martinsville, they make you work for these things here."
A Green - White - Checkered finish was necessary after Cole Custer, driver of the #00 Haas Automation Chevrolet, was involved in an accident with former series champion Matt Crafton. Custer was the leader at the time of the incident.
Custer had just taken the lead from Crafton and Logano, who were battling hard during the last 32 laps, with a hard move towards the inside of the track.
Crafton, who led for 100 laps during the race, was the leader on the Green - White - Checkered restart. Logano restarted in third place but quickly made a move to the bottom to pass Crafton in turn one.
"The #29 (Joey Logano) got a huge – he lagged back big, big on us getting into the restart area,” Crafton said. “I knew it was going to be big because I saw him coming with that run and I couldn't do anything about it at that point.”
“I knew if I shut the door we were all going to get wrecked."
Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Erik Jones finished third in the race, which moved him to third in the series points standings, just six points behind points leader Matt Crafton.
"I wish I could have raced the 88 (Matt Crafton) for (thw win), I was looking forward to having a shot at it," Jones said. "Figured he (Logano) was probably going to do that. Thankfully it worked out and we were able to drop in third.
"The tires are just killed on this thing and we got too loose the last run."
Johnny Sauter finished fourth followed by Logano's Brad Keselowski Racing teammate Tyler Reddick, who trails Crafton in the series standings by just two points.
The Camping World Truck Series will return from another break in the schedule May 8th at Kansas Speedway.