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Joey Logano and the Penske Team win the Pure Michigan 400 at M.I.S.

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BROOKLYN, MICHIGAN (WKZO) -- Joey Logano became the youngest driver to ever win at Michigan International Speedway at the age of 23, and gave his hopes of becoming the Sprint Cup champion for the first time a huge boost by winning Sunday's Pure Michigan 400.

Logano earned the pole with a new track record on Friday, grabbed the lead with less than four laps remaining when then leader Mark Martin ran out of fuel.

 The race may have been won on a calculator before the cars crossed the finish line.  Logano pitted for fuel with 41 laps to go, while Martin made his stop nine laps earlier.

Logano then held off Kevin Harvick at the finish by one second to claim his third career Sprint Cup Series victory.

With the win, Logano moved from 16th to 13th in the point standings. He is now 17 points behind 10th-place Greg Biffle, who finished ninth. Biffle was attempting to win at Michigan for the third straight time.

Logano is in his fifth full season in Sprint Cup competition but his first as driver of the No. 22 Ford for Penske Racing.

Jimmie Johnson, the current points leader and the only driver who has clinched a spot in the Chase, suffered engine failure in the early going and wound up finishing 40th.

 

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