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Joey Logano Races To Third Sprint Cup Victory Of Year

BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Middletown native Joey Logano claimed his third victory of the season in the Irwin Tools Night Race NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event on Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Logano took the lead from Matt Kenseth with 44 laps remaining in the 500-lap race and remained up front for the win.

Kenseth lost second to Brad Keselowski with 31 laps remaining, and the Team Penske duo of Logano and Keselowski pulled away for a two-car battle between teammates.

Kenseth finished third, Jimmie Johnson was fourth and Kurt Busch rounded out the top five.

Kenseth was one of four drivers who stayed out during the final caution of the race inside the final 100 laps, inheriting the lead from Jamie McMurray, who headed for pit road during the yellow flag.

McMurray had taken the race lead before the halfway point. He lost the lead to Keselowski on pit road just before a restart on lap 270, but when the race returned to green, McMurray retook the top spot.

Kasey Kahne inherited the lead from Kevin Harvick by staying out during a caution just before the 200-lap mark. Kahne also lost spots to Keselowski and Johnson.

Harvick pitted for four tires under the caution and restarted 12th. His No. 4 was the class of the field for much of the first half of the race, though, leading the first 37 laps before losing the lead to Jeff Gordon.

Kyle Busch, Kenseth, Logano and Denny Hamlin also led laps before Harvick retook the top spot on lap 161.

Hamlin got off pit road first by taking only two tires during a caution just before lap 130. Harvick, on four fresh tires, moved into second on the restart. While racing Hamlin for the lead, Harvick clipped Hamlin, ending Hamlin's race efforts.

Busch's night was also cut short after leading the pack. He was caught speeding on pit road during a competition caution on lap 60 and then was collected in a wreck that also involved Aric Almirola and Brian Vickers.

NOTES: Kevin Harvick's pole was his fifth pole of the season. He set a new track record with a 14.607 second/131.362 mph lap in qualifying on Friday. ... Jeff Burton, once again, subbed for the still absent Tony Stewart. .... Matt Kenseth won last year's Bristol night race. ... The two Bristol races in 2013 were won by two drivers who headed into this Bristol race weekend winless on the season -- Kasey Kahne and Kenseth. .... Carl Edwards won at Bristol earlier this season. .... Winning at Bristol runs in the Busch family. Both Kurt and Kyle Busch headed into the weekend as five-time Sprint Cup winners at BMS. ... The Busch brothers' five wins apiece matched Jeff Gordon's Bristol win tally heading into the weekend. ... Kyle Busch became the youngest race winner at Bristol, winning at the age of 21 years, 10 months and 23 days in the March 2007 race.

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