Joey Logano wins Cup Series return to dirt, Bristol Results

Joey Logano led the final 61 laps to claim the first NASCAR Cup Series race on dirt since 1970.

During the race, Bristol Motor Speedway executive and general manager Jerry Caldwell announced during the race that NASCAR will return to the Bristol dirt in 2022.

Logano took the lead on lap 193 of the scheduled 250 lap race, holding it though the second stage break and three laps of overtime.

“Man, it’s incredible,” said Logano, who won the second straight race for Team Penske and the 27th of his career, extending his streak of at least one victory per year to 10 years. “How about Bristol on dirt? This is an incredible, unbelievable race track—great job by everyone that prepped the track. Obviously, a lot of work over here the last few days (because of rain that forced postponement from Sunday). We did a lot of work in the dirt department here the last few weeks…

“Great car, obviously, to be able to execute the race that we did and get a win. I was getting nervous. There were so many first-time winners and different winners than there has typically been. I said, ‘We’ve got to get a win to make sure we get in the Playoffs,’ so it’s amazing to get this Shell/Pennzoil Mustang into Victory Lane at Bristol. There’s nothing like winning at Bristol, but putting dirt on it and being the first to do it is really special.”

NASCAR Cup Series Race – 61st Annual Food City Dirt Race

Bristol Motor Speedway Dirt

Bristol, Tennessee

Monday, March 29, 2021

  1. (10)  Joey Logano, Ford, 253.
  2. (13)  Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Chevrolet, 253.
  3. (2)  Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 253.
  4. (18)  Daniel Suarez, Chevrolet, 253.
  5. (14)  Ryan Newman, Ford, 253.
  6. (8)  William Byron, Chevrolet, 253.
  7. (27)  Tyler Reddick, Chevrolet, 253.
  8. (3)  Ryan Blaney, Ford, 253.
  9. (24)  Erik Jones, Chevrolet, 253.
  10. (26)  Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 253.
  11. (20)  Brad Keselowski, Ford, 253.
  12. (16)  Michael McDowell, Ford, 253.
  13. (12)  Matt DiBenedetto, Ford, 253.
  14. (11)  Chris Buescher, Ford, 253.
  15. (6)  Kevin Harvick, Ford, 253.
  16. (28)  Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 253.
  17. (4)  Kyle Busch, Toyota, 253.
  18. (22)  Ryan Preece, Chevrolet, 253.
  19. (5)  Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 253.
  20. (25)  Chase Briscoe #, Ford, 252.
  21. (9)  Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 252.
  22. (7)  Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, 252.
  23. (32)  Stewart Friesen(i), Chevrolet, 252.
  24. (21)  Cole Custer, Ford, 252.
  25. (33)  Quin Houff, Chevrolet, 252.
  26. (39)  Ty Dillon(i), Toyota, 252.
  27. (19)  Bubba Wallace, Toyota, 251.
  28. (34)  JJ Yeley(i), Chevrolet, 249.
  29. (1)  Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 248.
  30. (37)  Josh Bilicki, Ford, 247.
  31. (38)  Mike Marlar, Toyota, Accident, 244.
  32. (31)  Cody Ware(i), Chevrolet, 242.
  33. (36)  Chris Windom, Chevrolet, Engine, 62.
  34. (15)  Christopher Bell, Toyota, Accident, 54.
  35. (17)  Ross Chastain, Chevrolet, Accident, 52.
  36. (23)  Aric Almirola, Ford, Accident, 39.
  37. (35)  Shane Golobic, Ford, Accident, 39.
  38. (30)  Corey LaJoie, Chevrolet, Accident, 39.
  39. (29)  Anthony Alfredo #, Ford, Accident, 39.

Average Speed of Race Winner:  46.313 mph.

Time of Race:  2 Hrs, 43 Mins, 53 Secs. Margin of Victory:  0.554 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  10 for 37 laps.

Lead Changes:  5 among 5 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   K. Larson 0;D. Hamlin 1;K. Busch 2-8;M. Truex Jr. 9-134;D. Suarez 135-192;J. Logano 193-253.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  Martin Truex Jr. 1 time for 126 laps; Joey Logano 1 time for 61 laps; Daniel Suarez 1 time for 58 laps; Kyle Busch 1 time for 7 laps; Denny Hamlin 1 time for 1 lap.

Stage #1 Top Ten: 19,24,11,99,12,22,23,6,47,17

Stage #2 Top Ten: 22,99,11,19,6,47,23,43,8,9

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