Joey Logano ran down William Byron and nudged him out of the best way with one lap remaining at Darlington Speedway to assert his first NASCAR Cup Sequence win of 2022.
Byron had moved into the lead for the primary time on Lap 268 of 293 however as the ultimate laps ticked down, Logano was shortly gaining on the chief.
With one lap remaining, Logano pulled up proper behind Byron’s #24 Chevrolet coming into Flip three, bumped him from behind and up the monitor to seize the lead.
Byron ended up hitting the wall on the ultimate lap and Logano held off Tyler Reddick by zero.775 seconds to win Sunday’s race at Darlington, snapping a 40-race winless streak.
Having began on pole, Logano held off a late cost from Ross Chastain to take the Stage 1 win, his first stage victory of the 2022 season.
The Penske driver held that lead by way of the opening flurry of laps within the second stage, with Chastain nonetheless in pursuit, however dropped behind Martin Truex Jr and Tyler Reddick throughout a cycle of green-flag pitstops.
After Chastain then took benefit of a Brad Keselowski incident – wherein the RFK Racing co-owner collected Kyle Busch to deliver out a warning – to dip into the pits and cycle out in entrance to take the stage two win, the Trackhouse driver crashed out at the beginning of the third stage whereas racing with Denny Hamlin.
Hamlin had the lead by way of the warning, however on the restart Logano retook management of the race – albeit for 9 laps as Hamlin then moved as much as the entrance as soon as extra.
Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing, FedEx Specific Toyota Camry
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However as soon as Hendrick’s Alex Bowman slammed into the Flip 2 wall on Lap 255 to deliver out the eighth warning of the race, all lead-lap vehicles got here in to pit – with Logano the primary to get out of the pitlane.
On the next restart Truex checked up on the exit of Flip 2, which triggered a multi-car wreck – as Byron was in Logano’s wheeltracks for the return to green-flag operating on lap 268.
Byron then powered to the lead out of Flip 2 after the restart as Logano dropped to second, and maintained a few half-second benefit with 5 laps left.
However Logano’s move on the climax of the race secured him his first Cup win in over a 12 months, his earlier victory being the Bristol Dust Race final March.
Kaulig Racing’s Justin Haley ended up third forward of Kevin Harvick, whereas Dover winner Chase Elliott was fifth, after having to start out the race from the rear of the sector in his back-up automotive. Elliott retains his lead of the factors standings.
Christopher Bell claimed sixth forward of Michael McDowell, as Ricky Stenhouse, Austin Dillon and Daniel Suarez accomplished the highest 10 – Suarez rescuing a stable outcome for Trackhouse after Chastain’s crash.
Byron was categorized 13th after his last-lap contact with the wall, behind Aric Almirola and Ty Dillon.
NASCAR Cup Darlington race outcomes – 293 laps