Logano rides Yoshi to 3rd Kentucky win: The Meijer 300 Review

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I have to admit, I’m a bit surprised.  For the second week in a row, the top three finishers were Cup drivers. 

Now I don’t know why I expected a new winner for this race, with defending and two time winner Joey Logano racing, I should have known he was gonna win. 

Don’t get me wrong I’m happy for Joey but he’s still a very young driver. 

I cycled through a few different drivers who I wanted to see win;  Brendan Gaughan, Michael Annett, Reed Sorenson, Scott Wimmer, and even Paul Menard looked strong. 

There was threat of rain that never came, and a flurry of crashes at the end of the race.  Kudos to Brian Ickler (is his name Ickler? Or Ike-ler?  I thought Ick, like gross, but the announcers kept saying Ike.  Like 'I Like Ike'.) 

Ickler got turned when Justin Allgaier spun the tires, then lost it himself and backed it into the wall, yet still finished 14th place.  Great job! 

Taylor Malsam showed that he can run with the big boys, right before he backed it into the wall. 

Jason Leffler got involved in the Paul Menard and Michael Annett crash.  It was strange to see so many crashes in such a short time.  It ended Reed Sorenson, Malsam, Menard, Annett, Ickler, and Mike Bliss’ great runs.  Bliss was second when he lost it himself.  After all that, you could really start to feel like Logano was voodoo cursing his way to the checkard.  Every car that challenged him would eventually crash.  It was a bit eerie. 

 Results, Points and more after the JUMP!

Fin Str Car # Driver Sponsor Laps Points Status
1 1 20 Joey Logano GameStop Toyota 200 195 Running
2 10 60 Carl Edwards Fanhouse.com Ford 200 170 Running
3 25 22 Brad Keselowski Discount Tire Dodge 200 165 Running
4 20 62 Brendan Gaughan AB Circle Pro Toyota 200 165 Running
5 7 32 Reed Sorenson Dollar General Stores Toyota 200 160 Running
6 16 66 Steve Wallace 5-hour Energy Toyota 200 150 Running
7 19 27 Scott Wimmer Red Man Moist Snuff Ford 200 151 Running
8 3 12 Justin Allgaier Verizon Wireless Dodge 200 147 Running
9 5 21 Scott Riggs Zaxby's Chevy 200 138 Running
10 13 16 Colin Braun # Con-way Ford 200 134 Running
11 12 99 Trevor Bayne Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 200 130 Running
12 15 04 Jeremy Clements Boudreaux's Butt Paste Chevy 200 127 Running
13 2 18 Brad Coleman Sandvik Toyota 200 129 Running
14 21 6 Brian Ickler CitiFinancial Ford 200 121 Running
15 4 7 Josh Wise JR Motorsports Chevy 200 118 Running
16 11 43 Scott Lagasse Jr. Baker Curb Racing Ford 200 115 Running
17 23 70 Shelby Howard Foretravel Chevy 200 112 Running
18 9 88 Coleman Pressley Rightway GPS Chevy 200 109 Running
19 36 34 Tony Raines Long John Silver's Chevy 200 106 Running
20 34 40 Jeff Green The Westerman Chevy 200 103 Running
21 37 01 Mike Wallace CBTS Chevy 200 100 Running
22 29 28 Kenny Wallace Tom Gill Chevy Chevy 200 97 Running
23 32 35 Jason Keller TriStar Motorsports Chevy 198 94 Running
24 6 33 Mike Bliss Rheem Chevy 198 96 Running
25 41 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports Chevy 197 88 Running
26 43 73 Derrike Cope Charter Dodge 197 85 Running
27 33 09 Sean Caisse RAB Racing Ford 197 82 Running
28 35 81 Michael McDowell MOBILE-Shop.com Dodge 196 79 Running
29 40 24 Eric McClure Hefty Odor Block Ford 196 76 Running
30 42 23 Robert Richardson HelpTruckers.com Chevy 196 73 Running
31 28 11 Brian Scott # AccuDoc Toyota 190 70 Running
32 8 98 Paul Menard CertainTeed/Menards Ford 157 67 Accident
33 22 38 Jason Leffler Great Clips Toyota 156 64 Accident
34 26 15 Michael Annett Pilot Travel Centers Toyota 156 61 Accident
35 31 10 Tayler Malsam Iron Horse Jeans Toyota 111 58 Accident
36 14 05 Willie Allen 31-W Insulation Chevy 72 55 Accident
37 39 89 Morgan Shepherd Victory in Jesus Racing Chevy 48 52 Engine
38 27 56 Kevin Lepage RaceDaySponsor.com Toyota 41 54 Overheating
39 18 91 Chase Miller D'Hondt-Humphrey Chevy 26 46 Electrical
40 24 49 Mark Green Jay Robinson Inc. Chevy 22 43 Overheating
41 17 90 Danny O'Quinn Jr. D'Hondt-Humphrey Chevy 15 40 Overheating
42 38 61 Matt Carter Specialty Racing Ford 7 37 Overheating
43 30 92 Dennis Setzer K-Automotive Dodge 6 34 Electrical

In case you may have not noticed, Edwards drove the FanHouse Ford to second place.  It could have been us, folks! 

Jeremy Clements took a car that I thought was a start and Park car and finished 12th.  Great story there. 

Logano proved yet again that he really should be driving full time in this series.  Keselowski continued to run away with the championship. 

Here's the points after Kentucky:

1 22 Brad Keselowski Discount Tire Dodge Roger Penske 2,306
2 60 Carl Edwards Copart/Fastenal Ford Jack Roush 2,034
3 12 Justin Allgaier Verizon Dodge Roger Penske 1,993
4 18 Kyle Busch Interstate/Z-Line Toyota Joe Gibbs 1,945
5 33 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John's Chevy Delana Harvick 1,852
6 98 Paul Menard Menards Ford Jack Roush 1,745
7 20 Joey Logano GameStop/Rudy's Toyota Joe Gibbs 1,593
8 66 Stephen Wallace 5 Hour Energy Toyota Rusty Wallace 1,536
9 62 Brendan Gaughan South Point Hotel Toyota Rusty Wallace 1,520
10 38 Jason Leffler  ABF/Great Clips Toyota Todd Braun 1,450
11 34 Tony Raines Long John Silver's Chevy Bob Jenkins 1,449
12 99 Trevor Bayne Aaron's Toyota Michael Waltrip 1,432
13 32 Reed Sorenson Dollar General Toyota Todd Braun 1,406
14 15 Michael Annett Hype Energy/Pilot Toyota Bob Germain 1,398
15 11 Brian Scott AccuDoc Toyota Harry Scott Jr 1,394
16 27 Greg Biffle (PC) Red Man Moist Ford Baker Curb 1,368
17 43 Scott Lagasse Jr Dr G Mall Ford Baker Curb 1,328
18 28 Kenny Wallace Blue Ox Chevy Jay Robinson 1,327
19 01 Mike Wallace Monster Deisel Chevy Lori Davis 1,276
20 33 Mike Bliss Charter Chevy Delana Harvick 1,249
21 81 Michael McDowell D.H. Griffin Dodge Pat MacDonald 1,196
22 24 Eric McClure Hefty Ford Ed Rensi 1,185
23 87 Joe Nemechek DAB Constructors Chevy Joe Nemechek 1,134
24 35 Jason Keller Upillar.com Chevy Mark Smith 1,079
25 6 Ricky Stenhouse Citi Financial Ford Jack Roush 934
26 7 Josh Wise JR Motorsports Chevy Rick Hendrick 930
27 88 Jamie McMurray Hellmanns Chevy Dale Earnhardt 906
28   James Beuscher     903
29 16 Colin Braun Con-Way Freight Ford Jack Roush 894
30 23 Robert Richardson Mahindra Tractors Chevy Robert Richardson 840
31 26 Brian Keselowski K-Motorsports Dodge Bob Keselowski 836
32 05 Willie Allen 31-W Insulation Chevy Wayne Day 789
33 70 Shelby Howard Foretravel Chevy Mary Louise Miller 755
34 21 Scott Riggs Zaxby's Chevy Richard Childress 741
35   Brian Vickers     733
36 21 Clint Bowyer Zaxby's Chevy Richard Childress 700
37 27 Scott Wimmer Red Man Moist Ford Baker Curb 678
38 10 Kelly Bires Toyota Todd Braun 673
39 49 Mark Green Chevy Mary Louise Miller 602
40 89 Morgan Shepherd Racing W/ Jesus Dodge Cindy Shepherd 594
41 88 Coleman Pressley Whiskey River Chevy Dale Earnhardt 533
42 38 Kasey Kahne Great Clips Toyota Ralph Braun 522
43 56 Kevin Lepage Revolucion Chevy John McNelly 514
44 04 Jeremy Clements Bourdreaux Butt Paste Chevy Johnny Davis 509
45 20 Denny Hamlin Interstate/Z-Line Toyota Joe Gibbs 502
46 21 John Wes Townley Zaxby's Chevy Richard Childress 484
47 73 Derrike Cope Asset Protect Dodge Derrike Cope 470
48 07 Danny Efland Shred 360 Chevy Thomas Efland 438
49 92 Dennis Setzer K-Motorsports Dodge Kay Keselowski 399
50 90 Danny O'Quinn MSRP Chevy DHM 392
51 40 Jeff Green (PC) BadBoyBuggies Chevy Curtis Key Sr. 391
52 1 Ryan Newman   James Finch 325
53 6 Brian Ickler Roush Fenway Ford Jack Roush 315
54 7 Steve Arpin JR Motorsports Chevy Rick Hendrick 310
55 09 Chad McCumbee RAB Ford Jay Robinson 298
56 23 Johnny Sauter R3 Chevy Robert Richardson 291
57 18 Brad Coleman SafeWay Driving Centers Toyota Joe Gibbs 279
58 91 David Gilliland MSRP Chevy DHM 277
59 7 Landon Cassill JR Motorsports Chevy Rick Hendrick 270
60 41 Stanton Barrett Fuel Doctor Chevy Rick Ware 269
61 83 Johnny Borneman III Red Line Oil Dodge John Borneman Jr. 244
62 10 David Reutimann Beringer Toyota Todd Braun 227
63   Parker Kligerman     225
64 16 Matt Kenseth Coupons.com Ford Jack Roush 207
65 4 Tony Stewart Ritz/Oreo Chevy Tony Stewart 195
66 75 Bobby Gerhart Lucas Oil Chevy Bob Schacht 191
67 09 Sean Caisse RAB Ford Jay Robinson 191
68 7 Danica Patrick GoDaddy.com Chevy Rick Hendrick 183
69 10 Taylor Malsam South Lodge/Iron Horse Toyota Todd Braun 163
70 73 Johnny Chapman Asset Protect Dodge Derrike Cope 144
71 91 Chase Miller MSRP Chevy DHM 135
72 20 Matt DiBenedetto Muscle Milk Toyota Joe Gibbs 134
73 0 Chrissy Wallace Chevy Johnny Davis 125
74 09 Patrick Sheltra RAB Ford Jay Robinson 114
75 02 Andy Ponstein Carlocate.com Chevy Corrie Stott 100
76 09 Jason Bowles Sunrise Ford Jay Robinson 88
77 3 Dale Earnhardt Jr (PC) Wrangler Chevy Richard Childress 81
78 05 Victor Gonzalez Jr 31-W Insulation Chevy Wayne Day 76
79 61 Matt Carter Specialty Racing Ford Charlie Shoffner 74
80 21 Casey Mears Zaxby's Chevy Richard Childress 70
81 87 Jarit Johnson DAB Constructors Chevy Andrea Nemechek 70
82 09 Hermie Sadler TNA Wrestling Ford Jay Robinson 67
83 10 Mikey Kile Toyota Todd Braun 64
84 05 David Starr 31-W Insulation Chevy Wayne Day 61
85 71 Justin Lofton Weekend Warriors TV.com Toyota Tom Deloach 52
86 31 Donnie Neuenberger Plan B Technologies Rick Ware 49
87 10 Chad Blount Toyota Todd Braun 43
88 52 Chris Lawson Quacker Castins Chevy Jimmy Means 43
88 52 Kevin Hamlin I-Hop Chevy Jimmy Means 40
89 04 Brad Teague Chevy Gene Vess 37

As you can see, Keso has almost 250 points on Edwards. It's getting to the point where you can start to make a strong case for the need for a Chase format to the Nationwide series.  At this rate, Keso could clinch the championship with 4 races to go.  Maybe even 5.  That would be very bad for the Nationwide Series.  Trust me. 

The owner point battle for the top 30 stayed the same. 

Here's a look at the battle for the top 30:

28 87 Joe Nemechek/Jarit Johnson DAB Constructors Chevy Andrea Nemechek 1,204
29 81 Michael McDowell D.H. Griffin Dodge Pat MacDonald 1,196
30 24 Eric McClure Hefty Ford Ed Rensi 1,185
31 35 Jason Keller Upillar.com Chevy Mark Smith 1,154
32 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr./Brian Ickler Citi Financial Ford Jack Roush 1,083
33 05 Jeff Green (PC)/Willie Allen/Victor Gonzalez/David Starr 31-W Insulation Chevy Wayne Day 1,067

Ickler helped put the #6 Ford back in the hunt.  McClure could find himself outside the top 30.  Keller missed 3 races and he's still 31st in points.  That tells you how good Keller is.  If he could get a fulltime sponsor and get back in the top 30, Keller could really start running up front.

So I cannot stress this enough, make time next Saturday to watch the Nationwide Race.  If you can't Please DVR it, because the Nationwide boys will head to Road America for the first ever NASCAR race at what is a premier Road Course. 

Road America is in my home state of Wisconsin, and it will be a great race.  Marcus Ambrose is coming!  Tune in at 3:30 pm eastern on Saturday June 19th on ESPN2.  Watch it.  You will not be sorry. 

I will have a preview of the Bucyrus 200 later in the week.  Enjoy!

Joey Logano, who led 106 laps in route to his victory, leads Justin Allgaier during the Meijer 300 presented by Ritz at Kentucky Speedway via nascar-assets.americaneagle.com.   Credit: Andy Lyons/Getty Images


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