While the world of NASCAR was keeping an eye on Dale Earnhardt Jr this weekend at Richmond International Speedway after announcing his retirement earlier in the week. One little stat was out there dangling and looking for attention. Team Penske’s driver Joey Logano was celebrating a career 300th start in the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series. While Jr didn’t have the day he wanted, it looked like Logano might have the same result after having to start from the back due to a transmission change after qualifying. Pole sitter Matt Kenseth driver of the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota lead the way and won Stage 1, his first for the season.
Stage 2 went caution free and we saw some great three and sometimes four wide racing that fans have desperately been waiting to see for some time. Brad Keselowski driver of the No. 2 Team Penske Ford led 37 laps to take the Stage 2 win.
At the end of the day and some exciting racing for the lead and in the middle of the pack, it was Joey Logano driver of the No. 22 Team Penske Ford who was able to snag his 18th overall win and 2nd Checkered Flag win at Richmond. Logano’s 1st win of the season makes him eligible for the playoffs. Next week we are on to Restrictor Plate racing at Talladega Motor Speedway, one of Dale Jr’s favorite tracks and again, he will most likely be the favorite to win.