Costly move by Harvick
While racing for the lead on Lap 161, Kevin Harvick turned Denny Hamlin, then the race leader, who slid down the track and then back up into Dale Earnhardt Jr.
An angry Hamlin tossed his HANS safety device at Harvick’s car as he came back around the track.
“I just wish I had some sort of car left so I could show him the favor back,” Hamlin said of Harvick. “We’re not even halfway, we’re racing for the lead – it’s just a misjudgment.”
Dale Earnhardt Jr. said he wasn’t sure how the wreck started.
“The first thing I saw was (Hamlin) hitting the inside wall. There was a little bit of smoke so it was tough to judge the speed of his car coming back up the track,” he said. “I thought I could go around the top and be alright, but I guessed wrong.”
He got caught up in a wreck on Lap 125 and repeatedly claimed there was so much damage to the car, he couldn’t drive it.
Late in the race, Busch again complained over his team radio, “I need a whole new right-front suspension” and said he was about to hit the wall.
His crew chief, Dave Rogers, replied over the radio: “Park it behind the truck and take your whiny little (self) to the bus.”
Busch ended up parking his No. 18 Toyota on pit road near Turn 2 and left the track while his crew arrived shortly thereafter and pushed the car to the hauler.
Team owner Joe Gibbs called the situation a “series of bad circumstances. ... Something like that happens (and) you can get frustrated,” he said.
“Top fives are good. We are happy about that,” Johnson said. “We had some issues on pit road and got nailed for speeding twice, which was totally on us. Just mistakes there that kind of hurt us a little bit.”
Five key moments
1. Logano moves into the lead for the first time, getting around Matt Kenseth on Lap 104.
2. Hamlin is wrecked while leading the race on Lap 161 in an incident that also collects Earnhardt.
3. Jamie McMurray takes the lead for the first time on Lap 238 and leads a race-high 148 laps but ends up finishing eighth.
4. Logano restarts sixth on Lap 438 but retakes the lead from Kenseth on Lap 456.
5. Brad Keselowski makes a last-ditch dive-bomb attempt at a pass on the last lap but Logano holds on for his third win of the season.