Joey Logano captures his first All-Star Race win at NASCAR’s hometown track, Charlotte Motor Speedway and takes home the $1 million dollar check. Brad Keselowski in his Team Penske Ford finished second for an unprecedented 1-2 finish since the inception of the All-Star Race. As the exclusive Ford Performance engine builder for NASCAR, Roush Yates Engines in partnership with Ford Performance designed, tested and built the winning engine that powered the No. 22 to victory lane in the drama packed night.
Logano, driver of the Team Penske No. 22 made an impressive statement in his sixth appearance under the lights in Charlotte, taking the lead from Kyle Larson in the last two laps of the final 13 lap shootout. The No. 22 was able to endure the mayhem that ensued from the new 50-50-13 format and green track conditions. Completing the last mandatory pit stop for four tires, the No. 22 came out fast in the Ford Fusion powered by the Roush Yates Engines FR9 Ford V8 race engine. Using his new tires and horsepower to make a dramatic inside pass on No. 42, Larson to take the lead. The night will forever be known as “Midnight Mayhem” as Logano took the checkered flag just after midnight in his special edition 50th anniversary Penske mosaic paint scheme. As an encore, the No. 2 of Brad Keselowski came in second to record in history the first Team Penske one-two finish in an All-Star Race. This also marks Ford’s 30th anniversary win since their first with Bill Elliott in 1986.
“I thought our car was fast the whole time, we just didn’t really show the speed in our car until the end. It was definitely a long-run car as well,” Logano stated. “We needed speed and perfect pits. Thanks to Ford and Roush Yates Engines, we burnt her down at the end of this thing.”
The Roush Fenway teammates of Trevor Bayne, No.6 and Greg Biffle, No.16 also captured wins on Saturday. Starting the day by each taking home a win in the first and second qualifying segments of the Showdown to advance them into the main event. Bayne showed that he had Roush Yates Engines’ power under his hood by pulling off one of the most fantastic passes of the weekend, taking it three-wide right up the middle to secure his position in the All-Star Race. Both wrapped up the day with strong top 10 finishes.
“This was a great weekend for Ford Performance, Team Penske and Roush Fenway Racing,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Joey and Brad both drove a great race and to see them come in first and second was exciting and provides great momentum going into the 600 next weekend.”
Roush Yates Engines and Ford Performance engineering teams have partnered together over the past 12 years to build superior NASCAR engines. Their dedication and drive to lead the motorsports industry in technological advances has evolved into the world class Ford FR9 V8 engine package. The result of which has earned Roush Yates Engines’ its 260th combined motorsports win.