Martinsville, VA (SportsNetwork.com) - Joey Logano became a first-time race winner in the Camping World Truck Series after grabbing the lead following the last restart with just two laps to go in Saturday's Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway.
Logano, the winner of last month's Daytona 500, ran in third for the restart of a green-white-checkered finish but moved to the inside of the track and pull ahead of second-place Erik Jones and then leader Matt Crafton in turn 1. Logano crossed the finish line 0.431 seconds ahead of Crafton, the two-time defending series champion, for his maiden truck win in his seventh start. Jones placed third.
"I just had a great restart," Logano said. "The tires worked out well. I prepped them good down the back straightaway and made sure I had them clean enough. I got a good jump, a fourth-gear grab there, drove it in there and hoped I got past (Jones and Crafton). It was able to stick down there."
Logano, who started on the pole and led the most laps with 150, became the 26th different driver to win a race in all three of NASCAR's top three series. He has nine career victories in Sprint Cup and 22 in the Xfinity Series. Logano will start on the pole for Sunday's 500-lap Sprint Cup race at Martinsville. He drove the No. 29 Ford for Brad Keselowski Racing in the truck event here.
"It's kind of cool to say that I've won in all three series now," Logano added.
Johnny Sauter finished fourth, while Tyler Reddick, who is Logano's teammate and the winner of the truck season-opener at Daytona, took the fifth spot. Daniel Suarez, James Buescher, John Wes Townley, Matt Tifft and Justin Boston completed the top-10.
Cole Custer, making his first start of the season, bounced back from two pit- road speeding penalties to take the lead on lap 246 of this scheduled 250-lap race. While in a fierce battle with Crafton and Logano for the top position, Custer bumped into the back of Crafton, causing him and Logano to run wide up the track.
Crafton quickly caught up with Custer and bumped into him several times before Custer spun out on lap 248, forcing the ninth caution and therefore setting up the two-lap overtime finish. Crafton had led a total of 100 laps before Logano made his winning pass.
"I had the lead early, and there towards the end, the 4 (Jones) and the 29 (Logano) got by me," Crafton said. "I was just not that good on the short run, but it would keep coming to me and coming to me. I never touched the 29 earlier whenever I passed him, and then he just kept putting the bumper to me and I was like, 'Well, it's the race for the lead here,' and I wasn't going to move him. We got in there side by side, and I got a little bit loose in there, and the 00 (Custer) came in there and just pounded me. It's racing, I guess."
Custer, who is the 17-year-old son of Stewart-Haas Racing executive vice president Joe Custer, ended up finishing 16th, the last truck on the lead lap. He drove the No. 00 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports, which made its Truck Series debut in this race.
"I drove in too hard and couldn't stop, and I hit (Crafton) a little too hard," Custer said. "It worked, but I knew he was going to come back and nudge me a little bit. I was giving it everything I had to try and stay up there."
Jones was trying to give Kyle Busch Motorsports its fifth win in the last eight truck races at Martinsville. He is driving the No. 4 Toyota full-time for KBM in the series this season.
"(Logano) had to do what he had to do to win," Jones said. "I wish I could have raced the 88 (Crafton) for it. I was looking forward to having a shot at it."
With his second-place run, Crafton moved atop the point standings. He holds a two-point advantage over Reddick, while Jones trails by six. Sauter is 16 behind.