Joey Logano won his second race of the season at Richmond International Raceway. No one will be talking about that in the morning, the drivers who finished 18th and 19th stole the headlines. And that’s saying something considering the way the race ended.
After the race Casey Mears and Marcos Ambrose got into an alteration that included Mears pushing Ambrose and Ambrose punching Mears in the eye. NASCAR Vice-President of competition Robin Pemberton says NASCAR will review the incident, though neither driver was called to the NASCAR hauler after the race.
“We’re just taking a look at it,” said Pemberton. “It doesn’t seem to be much, but we will take our time Monday and Tuesday and look at it some more.”
The “punch” overshadowed a dramatic finish to the race, that saw Logano take advantage of a three wide tangle between Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth and Brad Keselowski to jump from fourth to first in the final laps.
"This isn’t a very good race track for me in the past, but we had a really good Shell Pennzoil Ford today, and we were able to put it in Victory Lane,” said Logano. “This is so cool to win two races already this season, and it’s just going to be one heck of a season, and I can’t wait to get to the race track next week."
Gordon finished second, followed by Kyle Busch, Keselowski and Kenseth. Keselowski was also not too pleased with Kenseth after the race. No punches, but plenty of finger pointing and words between the two after the race.
"With me and Brad (Keselowski) specifically, I don’t know he was mad because I ran into him a little bit getting into (turn) three, but we’re going for the win,” said Kenseth. “I ran him up to the third groove or so, but I’ve witnessed him racing that way a lot like I think he did to Jimmie (Johnson) at Texas a few years ago. I thought once we got to the straightaway I left him enough room unless I wasn’t clear, I need to re-watch it. I guess he’s upset about that and we were all going for the win, that’s what we’re supposed to be doing.”
Early in the race it looked like fire, specifically flat right front tires catching fire might be the story. Reed Sorenson, Cole Whitt and Clint Bowyer were among the drivers who feel victim to the tire trouble. Kansas native Bowyer finished 43rd as a result.
“It was on fire. What a bad night,” said Bowyer. “I hate this for AAA. This is our first race with them and was really proud to have them on board with us tonight. It was just one thing after another and not a very good night.”