“That we can win a championship,” Logano said of what he took from the race. “I really feel like we can do that. That is the message I want to put out there, and I want to put it out there for my team – that we are strong enough to do it this year. I think we showed it.”
“It was just frustration on my part,” said Hamlin, who finished seventh. “I’m trying to fight – do everything I can – to keep up with the Hendrick engines. I’m side-drafting down the straightaway, doing everything I can. Not things I frown upon when I see other drivers do them.
“(Earnhardt) got a little upset that I was (doing that), so he crowded me up to the wall in Turn 4. I was a little disappointed, but that’s part of it.”
“Oh, it was just normal Ryan Newman stuff,” Johnson said. “Anybody who has watched this sport long enough or has been in a race car out there understands the frustration that comes along with racing Ryan.”
Five key moments
1. Joey Logano, starting second, takes the lead from pole-winner Jeff Gordon on the first lap.
2. Kyle Larson hits the wall on Lap 98, setting his car on fire. Larson is OK.
3. Logano takes the lead back from Ryan Newman on Lap 108, staying ahead of the pack for 32 laps, the longest lead of the day for any driver.
4. Brad Keselowski, who had briefly led, wrecks in Turn 1 on Lap 169, causing caution No. 6.
5. Kurt Busch hits the wall on Lap 179, forcing a caution. With 17 laps left, Gordon beats Logano on the final restart and cruises to the victory.
Unofficial results and points standings