DARLINGTON, S.C. — After William Byron squeezed him in opposition to the wall on a last restart, Joey Logano knew what he’d do if were given the danger to regain the lead.
Logano bumped Byron from at the back of at the next-to-last lap to win the Goodyear 400 at Darlington Raceway on Sunday. Byron hit the wall in flip 3 and Logano went directly to his first win of the season and primary on the observe “Too Tough To Tame.”
“There’s something to be said for an angry race car driver,” stated Logano, who broke a 40-race winless drought.
Logano, who began from the pole, had probably the most most powerful vehicles all day and was once in entrance popping out of the pits sooner than a restart with 25 laps left. However Byron, who began low, compelled Logano into the wall and out of the lead.
“If someone’s going to be willing to do that to you, then the gloves are off,” Logano stated.
Byron was once no longer pleased with the maneuver, calling Logano an “idiot” and a “moron” who has raced others questionably all over his occupation.
The enthusiasts at Darlington let the Staff Penske driving force know what they concept, booing the 2018 NASCAR champion when he were given out of his automotive.
“I’ve been called a lot of things, a lot worse than moron,” Logano stated.
Byron, who signed a freelance extension with Hendrick Motorsports, appeared as though he’d stay up his workforce’s dominant season over the overall laps. As a substitute, Logano broke a 40-race winless drought.
Tyler Reddick was once 2nd adopted via Justin Haley, Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott, Christopher Bell, Michael McDowell, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Austin Dillon and Daniel Suarez.
Byron fell to thirteenth. He stated the restart was once simply shut racing and Byron did not deserve a troublesome hit at the rear bumper so just about the top.
“He slammed me so hard, it knocked all the right side off the car and sent me into the corner,” Byron stated. “He’s just a moron. He can’t win a race, so he does it that way.”
Logano led 108 of the 293 laps and reached Victory Lane for the primary time since successful at the dust at Bristol in 2021.
It was once the primary time the brand new Subsequent Gen automotive was once took on NASCAR’s oldest superspeedway and the effects had been blended. The racing was once robust, even though a number of of the highest competition did not final to the top.
Reigning NASCAR champion Kyle Larson was once out with engine failure after 112 laps. Previous champions Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski had been additionally out smartly sooner than the end.
ODDS-ON FAVORITE?: Larson was once the making a bet favourite to win for the primary time at Darlington. However the protecting Cup collection champion endured his difficult success at NASCAR’s oldest superspeedway. Larson, beginning 2nd, led 30 of the primary 32 laps sooner than spinning out on lap 54 and falling to twenty ninth.
Larson had labored his manner into the highest 10 early in level two sooner than returning to the pits the place his group popped the hood. They could not get the auto refired — “I’ve got, like, no power,” Larson instructed them — and rolled him into the storage.
It is been that roughly stretch for Larson, who was once 2nd in his previous 3 races at Darlington. At a tire check right here final month, Larson hit the wall two times early on.
It is the fourth time in 12 races this season Larson was once out sooner than the top.
“Bummer,” Larson stated. “But the positive is we were really fast.”
PARKING SPOT: Kyle Busch’s day ended after he could not steer clear of working into Brad Keselowski after the Roush Fenway racer tagged the wall proper in entrance of Busch. A annoyed Busch rode his No. 18 automotive to pit street and left it there, strolling off into his trailer.
A tow truck needed to hook up the Joe Gibbs Racing system and transfer it to the storage. Busch had led 19 laps early within the race.
Ultimate yr, Busch was once fined $50,000 via NASCAR when on the Southern 500 right here he drove his broken system into the storage, knocking over a number of cones and inflicting folks within the trail to scatter temporarily.
Busch was once requested why he stopped the place he did. “Just couldn’t make the corner,” he countered.
UP NEXT: The collection strikes to Kansas Speedway, the place Kyle Busch is the development’s protecting champion. Kyle Larson gained the October race in Kansas.