Logano Richmond Win 001
Michael Johnson
Technical Editor
May 6, 2017

When a NASCAR race is sponsored by an auto manufacturer, racers from competing manufacturers are always wanting to spoil the party. Since you know the sponsoring manufacturer has a ton of employees, dignitaries, and invited guests in attendance, there’s nothing better than raining on their parade by winning the race. That happened at the most recent Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway.

Team Penske racer Joey Logano won the race, which was his 300th race in his career, and teammate Brad Keselowski finished second. Being in the Ford Performance fold, which uses Roush Yates Engines, the Team Penske cars utilize the Ford FR9 EFI race engine. Logano, because of a transmission change, started 37th, but worked his way up throughout the race for the victory.

“Congratulations to Joey, Roger and Team Penske on the win and the 1–2 finish,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Thanks to all the employees at our shops for their attention to detail and effort that was needed to win this weekend. To finish with four cars in the top five and have six Fords in the top ten is a testament to all the hard work, dedication, and leadership of Ford Performance teams. It all goes back to One Ford.”

Of the top 10 finishing cars, six were Ford Fusions, with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finishing fourth, Kevin Harvick fifth, Kurt Busch eighth, and Aric Almirola finishing in ninth. Of the race’s 400 laps, Ford Fusions lead 146 of those laps, with Logano leading the most important lap.