Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Duck Commander 500 Won by Joey Logano

FORT WORTH, TEXAS – The Duck Commander 500 was run at…. What, Duck Commander?  What the heck is that?  Yep, The Duck Dynasty clan is now the official sponsor of a NASCAR race.  Can’t get more redneck than that!  I Digress…. Texas Motor Speedway.   It was a nice run for Joey Logano and the Team Penske who won the race following a strategic pit stop during the final caution period of the race.  "We've been in contention every race this year to win, and I'm proud to be a part of that," said Logano, who extended a streak that has produced seven different winners in as many Sprint Cup races. "I felt very confident about this race. For some reason, I told Todd, I said, 'We're going to win this week,' and I was mad when we didn't get the pole. But I felt like we had a car that could win today."

Logano and teammate Keselowski were running 1-2 when Kurt Busch played chicken with the wall in turn 2.  During the caution, the Penske cars chose to change 4 tires while Hendrick driver Jeff Gordon switched only their outside tires.  With a green, white checker restart, the quicker pits top got Gordon out in front, from sixth place, but the fresh rubber allowed Logano to run quicker and passing Gordon after two turns.  "I got a pretty good restart, so I was happy about that. Got through (Turns) 1 and 2. I was shocked I was leading off of 2, to be honest. I wish I would have run a little bit higher down (Turns) 3 and 4. I'm sure Joey was going to go wherever I didn't. Probably would have been a little bit better off on the top. He crossed over and got into the back of me pretty good. At that point I was just thinking, 'I want to finish.' Looked out my mirror, those guys were racing hard behind me. A great second-place finish for me."

Keselowski denied Penske a 1-2 finish earning a penalty for speeding in pit lane dropping him to 15th.  "That last caution was a shame," said Keselowski, driver of the No. 2 Miller Lite Ford. "I was just trying to get a little too much on pit road and wanted to get us out front to be able to win the race and tried a little too hard. We're in it for wins. We're not in it for finishing second."

With Dale Jr. crashing on lap 12 dropping him to 43rd, Gordon has climbed to first place in points.  

Redneck or not, the grid girls are nice!

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