Now out front, Logano put his No. 22 Ford in cruise control as he beat Harvick to the finish line by 1.019 seconds to score his third-career Sprint Cup victory. It was Ford’s 34th Sprint Cup victory at Michigan Int’l Speedway.
“This is unbelievable. What a great Shell/Pennzoil Ford,” said Logano, who started from the pole and led a race-high 52 laps. “Todd Gordon (crew chief), what can I say about him? He is awesome. He gave me a great piece. We started off and we weren’t very good. He tuned it in for me and got me something decent with great strategy. Now we’re here in victory lane.
“This is just so freaking cool right now,” Logano said.
Harvick’s second-place finish was his sixth top-five finish of 2013.
“We never really got out in front by ourselves today, but our Rheem Chevrolet was really good,” Harvick said. “I just mistimed that restart there. I was rolling pretty good on the 55 (Martin) and was going to beat him to the start-finish line so I had to check up and that allowed the 22 (Logano) to make it three-wide and get under me. Then we had to fight back from there.”
Kurt Busch finished third for Furniture Row Racing, followed by Paul Menard and Clint Bowyer. Martin, who led 23 laps, ended up finishing one lap down in 27th place.
“We knew we needed another caution to make it, but we had the speed to pull it off,” Martin said. “I usually hate seeing cautions come out, but I wasn’t worried about it. I could pull away pretty much at will.”
This could be Martin’s last weekend behind the wheel of the No. 55 Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing. MWR officials confirmed after the race that Martin has been contacted about driving the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet beginning next weekend at Bristol (Ten.) Motor Speedway.
No official decision has been made at this point because Martin is still under contract with MWR. Brian Vickers, who on Tuesday was named the 2014 driver of the No. 55, would likely drive MWR’s Toyota for the remainder of 2013 if Martin is allowed to drive the No. 14 Chevrolet.
Championship leader Jimmie Johnson started at the rear of the field after crashing in Happy Hour on Saturday, but failed to finish after an engine failure early in the race.