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MAR 31, 2024 | Ford Performance Staff

Logano Posts Runner-Up Finish in Richmond Cup Race

Logano Mustang on the track

RICHMOND, Va. - Richmond Raceway is one of Joey Logano’s best racetracks, so it wasn’t a surprise to see him finish second after battling for the win during an overtime restart Saturday night.

Logano, who finished fifth in Stage 1 and third in Stage 2, continued to run with the leaders as the laps wound down. When Bubba Wallace sent Kyle Larson sliding with two laps to go it set the stage for an overtime restart. Logano lined up third and was able to pass Martin Truex Jr., but he was never able to get alongside eventual winner Denny Hamlin to challenge for the lead.

The RFK duo of Brad Keselowski and Chris Buescher battled all night and finished eighth and ninth, respectively, while Josh Berry, who was ninth in Stage 1 and second in Stage 2, came home 11th.

The race began on wet weather tires as a light rain was present for much of the late afternoon, and they worked well as the field managed the conditions without incident until NASCAR threw a competition caution at lap 30 so teams could transition back to traditional slick tires.

The NASCAR Cup Series will continue on Sunday, April 7 at Martinsville Speedway (3 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN Radio, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

NCS RACE TOP-10 FINISHERS
1st –Denny Hamlin
2nd – Joey Logano
3rd – Kyle Larson
4th – Martin Truex Jr.
5th – Chase Elliott
6th – Christopher Bell
7th – William Byron
8th – Brad Keselowski
9th – Chris Buescher

10th – Tyler Reddick

REMAINING FORD FINISHERS
11th – Josh Berry
12th – Noah Gragson
18th – Chase Briscoe
19th – Ryan Blaney
21st – Todd Gilliland
23rd – Austin Cindric
26th – Michael McDowell
28th – Ryan Preece
31st – Kaz Grala
32nd – Justin Haley
34th – Harrison Burton

JOEY LOGANO, No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford Mustang Dark Horse –
ANYTHING MORE YOU COULD HAVE DONE TO CATCHT THE 11? 

“Not once he cleared the 19. I had a chance. I didn’t get a good enough restart. I really wanted to pressure them down into one and force them to work up Truex, but I spun my tires there just trying to stay with them and that ultimately cost me to be close enough to do something. I don’t know. It feels good to be towards the front again. We haven’t had a run like that in a while, but it also stings to be that close and not capitalize on the win. I guess I have mixed emotions. We had a really good car, a car that was capable of winning if we were in the front, but we didn’t execute everywhere else good enough to get there.”

WHAT DOES THIS DO FOR YOU AND YOUR TEAM? 
“This is definitely the hardest start to a season we’ve had, but last week we started scratching and clawing and got a little bit of momentum through the last three races and ultimately get to here to where we were in the hunt again. It feels good. It’s Richmond. It’s a unique racetrack. It’s our best racetrack as a team, so we expect to run good here. I don’t know if this completely takes us out of the deep end, but I think ultimately it’s a good momentum-builder for sure.”

JOSH BERRY, No. 4 SunnyD Ford Mustang Dark Horse –
“It was a solid night. We had a really good car and a really good practice. We didn’t qualify like we should have, but we were able to come up through there and get some track position back. It was just little things. We lost a little track position and got stuck in the back half of the top 10, but, all in all, it was a really good night. We have a lot to be proud of. It was a good points night and we’ll go to Martinsville.”

YOU WERE ESPECIALLY STRONG IN STAGE ONE ON THE WET WEATHER TIRES. HOW DID THAT FEEL? 
“It felt kind of normal, honestly. It was weird. I really had no expectations of how that was gonna be and just kind of drove. I think we just had a really strong car. Rodney had a good plan for that and the car took off really well and we were able to get a lot of track position really quick.”

BRAD KESELOWSKI, No. 6 BuildSubmarines.com Ford Mustang Dark Horse –
“That was respectable. I don’t think we had the speed to win the race, but we had the speed to run in that eighth to 12th range and we kind of did that most of the night. We ended up executing at the end to get an eighth, so it was respectable. We took a little step backwards, but we’ll learn from it and be better.”

WHAT WAS YOUR TAKE ON THE WET WEATHER TIRES? 
“It wasn’t that bad. I wish we would have run a little bit longer. They threw the yellow around lap 30 or 35 and I was just starting to get it figured out.”

CHRIS BUESCHER, No. 17 Nexletol Ford Mustang Dark Horse –
“That’s certainly not what we were hoping for. I was really excited coming back here. We had a good day, but nothing terrific to write home about. We’ll definitely dive into it and try to figure out what changed and see where we might be able to get better for the next go round.”

WHAT ABOUT THE WET WEATHER TIRES? 
“It was less of a circus than I expected, but I’m not a real big fan.”

NOAH GRAGSON, No. 10 Superior Essex Ford Mustang Dark Horse –
“We were just a little too disconnected from the start of the race compared to yesterday in practice. I felt like we had a really good car, but just kind of lost it. I don’t know if going to the night time was the difference, but I’m super proud of these guys. We kind of just maintained all day. We started 17th and finished 12th and could just never get a good handle on the car, but nobody quit. We kept our heads in it and I’m just appreciative of the opportunity.”

CHASE BRISCOE, No. 14 HighPoint.com Ford Mustang Dark Horse –
“It wasn’t our best night by any means. I feel like this was by far our worst race of the season. I guess it’s somewhat encouraging that we were still able to run top 20 even though that’s not really the goal. We just struggled all weekend. We could never really get the balance how we wanted and could never get the front to turn and then we would just unhook the back, so it was just a frustrating weekend to just try and get it to do what we wanted it to do. Honestly, the weather I thought probably helped us a little bit. We were able to leap frog some guys there and then with green flag pit stops we didn’t have the best night on pit road. It was just an up and down night for us, so we definitely have a lot of work to do, which is a little head scratching with how good we’ve been in the past. We’ve always kind of been in the mix, so we just need to go back and try to do our homework and come back better.”

KAZ GRALA, No. 15 N29 Capital Partners Ford Mustang Dark Horse –
“We were fighting the handling the entire race. Once the green-flag pit stops start, it’s easy to get caught a lap or two down and it just kind of snowballs from there if you don’t make big progress. I think we learned a lot and hopefully we can find something that will work better for us before we come back in August.”

JUSTIN HALEY, No. 51 Walmart Health & Wellness Ford Mustang Dark Horse –
“Our No. 51 Walmart Health and Wellness Ford Mustang Dark Horse was really good during the day. We struggled under the lights getting the balance right and just couldn’t seem to find the right adjustments to get it closer to where it needed to be. Our pit strategy in the second stage got messed up with that caution so maybe it wouldn’t have been quite as bad, but it was still a tough race. We at least have something to work with when we come back and the sun’s out. ”

NASCAR XFINITY Series (March 30 – Richmond)

  • Cole Custer led Ford with a 10th-place finish at Richmond.
  • Custer and a number of other drivers stayed out to save their final set of tires when caution came out with 76 laps to go, but others pitted and that proved to be the winning strategy.
  • Custer led seven laps when the race resumed, but was eventually passed by those on fresh tires.
  • Riley Herbst also stayed out with Custer and ended up 13th.
  • Custer is third in the series point standings while Herbst is fifth.
  • The Xfinity Series will run under the lights on Saturday, April 6 at Martinsville Speedway (7:30 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN Radio, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).