Joey Logano beats Kurt Busch in two-lap shootout at Michigan

Nick DeGroot

Logano led a race-high 163 laps en route to the victory.

"You race this whole race and you keep building that notebook up. We had a great execution day, our pit crew was amazing, our race car was fast. T.J. Majors my spotter, spotted his butt off up there," Logano said after the race. 

"The race fans who stuck around until Monday - you guys are the best. Coming up here to Michigan, there's nothing like bringing a Ford to Victory Lane on their home turf and in one of Roger Penske's cars as well. There's no better feeling than that.

"This is a big one for us."

The final stage resumed on Lap 128/200 and Kevin Harvick took the lead with a bold three-wide move to the outside, helped with a push from Martin Truex Jr.

Behind them, Clint Bowyer got loose underneath Erik Jones and crashed into the outside wall, forcing a yellow flag.

With 66 laps to go, they went back green and the battle raged up front. Logano pushed Kyle Larson to the race lead, but took it for himself as Larson slipped up the track. 

Harvick and Logano would go back-and-forth in the battle for the lead until Kurt Busch arrived near the front, taking second briefly. They, Harvick and Truex would break away from the pack before green-flag pit stops.

Chase Elliott's day turned sour with wall contact that resulted in a flat right rear tire and an unscheduled pit stop. 

But with 28 laps remaining, the critical final stops began. Larson kicked it off with four-tire stop, followed by Harvick who did the same. However, most of the frontrunners opted for two tires, costing Larson and Harvick valuable track position.

In the closing laps, Logano appeared to have the win in hand despite a late charge by Kurt Busch and Truex, but a caution for a spin by Erik Jones forced an overtime restart.

On the restart, Logano got away with Truex sliding into second. Kurt Busch was able to fight his way around the JGR driver and it was between those three on the white flag lap, but no one could mount a real charge against Logano.

He took the win, his second of the 2019 season and third at MIS. Kurt Busch was second, Truex third, Daniel Suarez fourth and Kyle Busch fifth.

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Cla # Driver   Manufacturer Laps Time Laps Led Retirement Points Bonus
1 22 United States Joey Logano    Ford 203   163      
2 1 United States Kurt Busch    Chevrolet 203 0.147        
3 19 United States Martin Truex Jr.    Toyota 203 0.314        
4 41 Mexico Daniel Suarez    Ford 203 0.710 1      
5 18 United States Kyle Busch    Toyota 203 0.954        
6 2 United States Brad Keselowski    Ford 203 1.130 6      
7 4 United States Kevin Harvick    Ford 203 1.148 15      
8 6 United States Ryan Newman    Ford 203 1.317        
9 12 United States Ryan Blaney    Ford 203 1.332 1      
10 88 United States Alex Bowman    Chevrolet 203 1.439        
11 11 United States Denny Hamlin    Toyota 203 1.614 5      
12 8 United States Daniel Hemric    Chevrolet 203 1.705        
13 21 United States Paul Menard    Ford 203 2.063        
14 42 United States Kyle Larson    Chevrolet 203 2.085        
15 48 United States Jimmie Johnson    Chevrolet 203 2.165        
16 37 United States Chris Buescher    Chevrolet 203 2.191        
17 10 United States Aric Almirola    Ford 203 2.236 1      
18 24 United States William Byron    Chevrolet 203 2.667 2      
19 17 United States Ricky Stenhouse Jr.    Ford 203 2.864        
20 9 United States Chase Elliott    Chevrolet 203 2.880 1      
21 95 United States Matt DiBenedetto    Toyota 203 2.892        
22 13 United States Ty Dillon    Chevrolet 203 3.132        
23 32 United States Corey Lajoie    Ford 203 3.350        
24 36 United States Matt Tifft    Ford 203 3.680        
25 47 United States Ryan Preece    Chevrolet 203 3.709        
26 3 United States Austin Dillon    Chevrolet 202 1 lap 7      
27 34 United States Michael McDowell    Ford 202 1 lap        
28 43 United States Darrell Wallace Jr.    Chevrolet 201 2 laps        
29 00 United States Landon Cassill    Chevrolet 201 2 laps        
30 15 United States Garrett Smithley    Chevrolet 200 3 laps        
31 20 United States Erik Jones    Toyota 199 4 laps        
32 77 United States Quin Houff    Chevrolet 198 5 laps        
33 52 United States Josh Bilicki    Ford 197 6 laps        
34 38 United States David Ragan    Ford 195 8 laps        
35 14 United States Clint Bowyer    Ford 130 73 laps 1      
36 51 United States Kyle Weatherman    Chevrolet 69 134 laps