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Joey Logano Wins Grandfather Clock In Epic Kroger 250 Finish

Joey Logano Wins Grandfather Clock In Epic Kroger 250 Finish

by March 28, 2015 0 comments

Photo Credit: Tyler Goodson

By: Hunter Thomas
Twitter: @HunterThomas08

RIDGEWAY, Va. – After a wild, three-wide move for the lead on a green-white-checkered restart in the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday, Joey Logano held off Matt Crafton and Erik Jones to claim his first victory in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Logano sat on the pole for the event and led 150 laps en route to the victory. Brad Keselowski Racing now has two victories this season. Tyler Reddick won at Daytona International Speedway back in February. On Saturday afternoon, Joey Logano became only the 26th driver to win a race in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

“I always wanted to run this race,” Logano said. “I’ve been watching it for the last seven years, and I always wanted an opportunity to run something else besides a Cup car here at Martinsville. It’s definitely a lot of fun. We had a great Cooper Standard Ford from when we unloaded.”

The Kroger 250 saw 14 lead changes between 5 different leaders. Logano led the most laps (150), followed by Matt Crafton who led 100 laps. The race had nine cautions, but most were for single truck spins. At one point, there was even a 74-lap stretch of green flag racing.

With only six laps to go, Matt Crafton pushed Joey Logano up the track in Turn 3 to capture the lead. The two drivers battled each other down the frontstrtech, but as they entered Turn 1, it was Cole Custer who dove into the corner and got around both drivers to take the lead.

“I felt like the first half of the race I raced everybody clean,” Crafton said. “The 29 (Joey Logano), I passed him earlier and didn’t put a mark on him and whenever he got back to me later on, he was beating my bumper off. Inside of 10 (laps) to go, I said that it was every man for himself at that point. I wasn’t going to wreck him, but I was definitely going to put a bumper to him here and there, but I definitely wasn’t going to wreck him. Then the 00 (Cole Custer) just came in there and pile drove us both. It’s racing.”

At that point, it appeared as if Custer was going to run away with the victory, but Crafton was able to run him down. Crafton got underneath Custer in Turn 4 for the lead. Custer lost control and spun down the frontstretch, bringing out the final caution on lap 250. Custer finished a disappointing 16th.

“I didn’t know that there were so many laps left,” Custer said. “I thought there were only a couple of laps left, so I thought if I could get in front, I could stay there. Matt was just a little better than us and could catch us. I deserved to get punted back.”

On the green-white-checkered restart, Matt Crafton started on the inside with Erik Jones beside him on the high side. As the field headed into Turn 1, Joey Logano dove underneath Crafton and Jones to take the lead and eventually the win. Matt Crafton finished second, followed by Erik Jones, Johnny Sauter and Tyler Reddick.

Matt Crafton leads Tyler Reddick by only two points in the championship point standings.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series won’t be back in action until Friday, May 8 when the series visits Kansas Speedway. Coverage for the event will be live on FOX Sports 1 at 8:30 p.m. ET.

Kroger 250 Results:
1.) #29 Joey Logano
2.) #88 Matt Crafton
3.) #4 Erik Jones
4.) #98 Johnny Sauter
5.) #19 Tyler Reddick
6.) #51 Daniel Suarez
7.) #31 James Buescher
8.) #05 John Wes Townley
9.) #25 Matt Tifft
10.) #54 Justin Boston
11.) #13 Cameron Hayley
12.) #14 Daniel Hemric
13.) #07 Ray Black Jr.
14.) #23 Spencer Gallagher
15.) #33 Brandon Jones
16.) #00 Cole Custer
17.) #7 Gray Gaulding
18.) #17 Timothy Peters
19.) #11 Ben Kennedy
20.) #02 Tyler Young
21.) #75 Brad Keselowski
22.) #15 Mason Mingus
23.) #08 Korbin Forrister
24.) #10 Jennifer Jo Cobb
25.) #35 Tommy Regan
26.) #63 Jake Griffin
27.) #50 Cody Ware
28.) #6 Norm Benning
29.) #8 John Hunter Nemechek
30.) #92 David Gilliland
31.) #99 Bryan Silas
32.) #1 Travis Kvpail

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Top-10 Point Standings:
1.) #88 Matt Crafton
2.) #19 Tyler Reddick -2
3.) #4 Erik Jones -6
4.) #98 Johnny Sauter -16
5.) #31 James Buescher -28
6.) #05 John Wes Townley -38
7.) #07 Ray Black Jr. -39
8.) #13 Cameron Hayley -44
9.) #23 Spencer Gallagher -44
10.) #11 Ben Kennedy -45

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

Follow Hunter Thomas on Twitter by following, @HunterThomas08

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