Joey Logano had never won on a short track until Saturday,he had a poor record at the track,recording only one top ten finish at Richmond in his six-year Sprint Cup career.
Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski,and Jeff Gordon had a battle for the last handful of laps, Keselowski tried a number of times to get past Kenseth and take the lead only for Kenseth to shut the door on him.
Keselowski didn’t appreciate this bumping Kenseth hard in the back, Logano took the opportunity he was given scooting past them both and leading the three other contenders for the checkered.
Gordon finished second followed by Kyle Busch in third,Brad Keselowski fourth,and Kenseth wrapping up fifth.
Keselowski wasnt done with Kenseth,at the end of the race Keselowski stomped on his breaks causing kenseth to run into him,this caused a chain reaction as a number of other cars running into them both.
“I had a shot at winning the race and I felt like he ran me off the track.
“You race to win the race and he was definetley racing to win.” “But you hope when the race to win the race they actually win the race if they’re going to wreck somebody or run you off the racetrack,”It was mind-boggling to me, but I made sure I got him back and made sure my teammate could win the race,”Keselowski said.
“He was mad because I ran into him a little going into turn 3,but were going for the win.I ran him upto the third groove or so,but ive witnessed him race that way a lot like he think he did to Jimmie Johnson at Texas a few years ago.
“I guess he’s upset about that. We were all going for the win,and that’s what were supposed to be doing”.
Jeff Gordon said the three-way battle created the opening for Logano.
“I was really just trying to battle with those guys to get the best finish that we could” Logano was in a great position while were sitting there sliding around battling it out” To come home second is still a great finish.” Gordon said
At the end of the race tempers flared between drivers Casey Mears and Marcos Ambrose,Mears grabbed onto Ambrose shoving him out-of-the-way,Ambrose retaliated by punching Mears squarely in the face. Crew members quickly got involved breaking up the fight. Neither driver would discuss the incident.