Nothing wrong with Joey Logano’s overtime restart — NASCAR official

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There was nothing "out of bounds" about Joey Logano's overtime restart Monday at Michigan International Speedway, according to Elton Sawyer, NASCAR's vice president of officiating.

Joey Logano led most of the way and won the first stage of NASCAR's Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway.

Logano was trying to hold on to a dwindling lead over Truex and Busch with five laps remaining, but around that time, Erik Jones went onto the grass, bringing out the caution flag that forced overtime.

Kurt Busch and Martin Truex Jr setup a final lap charge but came up just short of the win.

Logano took the green flag on lap 202 of this 203-lap race around the four-turn, 2.0-mile (3.219-kilometer) Michigan International Speedway oval in Brooklyn, Michigan on the outside lane as the race leader in his #22 Ford with Truex Jr.to his inside in second place in his #19 Toyota. It took a little more than 10 laps, but when the cycle was complete with 15 laps left Logano was back in front by almost a second over Martin Truex Jr. and Kurt Busch.

The controversy this week is about how the last two laps played out after an overtime restart.

Martin Truex Jr lost a spot in the final laps of the race. As he spun on the apron and back onto the race track, the caution was thrown. But Logano's was one of several cars that needed to make pit stops toward the end of the second stage, and it was left to Dillon and Kevin Harvick to compete for the lead.

"The 22 may or may not have jumped the restart there a little bit and got out and got clear", Kyle Busch said after the race, via AutoWeek.

During the broadcast, FOX Sports NASCAR analyst Jeff Gordon's immediate reaction to the restart was: "Logano with the big jump". "Before the restart zone and jumped it", Truex continued.

"Logano's vehicle was tough".

After finishing third, Truex wasn't happy about how those final laps played out. But he acknowledged it didn't necessarily matter because Logano, who started on the pole, had the fastest vehicle anyway, calling it a "moot point", Autoweek reported. "I thought we were suppose to go in the box". It is kind of a miracle that we got back up to sixth to be quite honest. I thought we'd rack them up there, you know green-white-checkered.

"I don't know what I did". Truex, who finished third, accused Logano of jumping "a whole auto length before the restart zone" as the field took the final green. So, I don't know how you get away with that. "But this time we had the speed and had the execution going along with it".

"A day like that, you don't get those days all the time", Logano said from victory lane.

Joey Logano won the pole in Saturday's qualifying.

"I was able to see it right in front of me".

"I hit it right when I got there". Had a good start, though. That was a good one. "That one felt good", Logano says with a smile.

Logano's crew chief, Todd Gordon, explained what he saw happen on the last restart on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio on Tuesday. He called the late caution a "letdown" because of the 22 team's dominance, leading 163 of 203 laps at MI.

"That's more than what I was hoping to see for damage", Busch said. We executed perfectly all the way through. That was a good start wasn't it?

However, the final restart has some attention.

You bet - but they might not have done anything differently if they were in Logano's situation at that moment.

"Early in the race, I kept getting runs, going underneath guys and beating them through the corner". "It's pretty monotone after that". "This is going to be a great race for everyone to watch"'. "It's exactly what I would have done in his position".

Throughout the race, Logano seemed untouchable in clean air. But NASCAR insisted Logano did not break any rules.

NASCAR said it reviews all restarts and did not find anything problematic with this one.

Unlike a lot of NASCAR feuds, probably nothing.