Joey Logano claimed his second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career win by beating veteran Mark Martin in a close finish at Pocono.
The Joe Gibbs Racing driver started from a record-setting pole, led the most laps and set the fastest race lap but despite all that he did not quite dominate Sunday's 400-miler.
NASCAR's elite series' youngest winner, who had last been to victory lane 104 races ago, had to fend off reigning champion Tony Stewart in the closing stages and then attack the field's longest-serving driver – Mark Martin – after losing the lead to him on the final restart.
Logano, 22, got in Martin's draft with four laps remaining and then seemed to hit the back of the No. 55 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota, getting him slightly sideways before getting past to reclaim the lead.
"Mark was getting better every restart and he got me in the last one," said Logano. "He made a mistake off [Turn] 3 and I was able to get a big run coming to him there.
"Went into [Turn] 1 and tried to outbrake him. He was taking the bottom and I was trying to stick my nose in there and we got really close. I'm not really sure if we touched each other or not but I know I got him aero-loose at least."
Martin, 53, came a few laps short of becoming the most experienced winner in Cup history and despite Logano's "bump-and-run," he was glad of claiming his best result of the season so far.
"It has been acceptable in this racing for a long time," said Martin about Logano's move. "It's not how I would have done it, but certainly if I'd have had a fast enough car, he would have got a return. But I couldn't quite keep up with him."
For a while Stewart looked in the best position to win, following the fifth caution of the day which came out shortly before the target lap the top runners had for their final fuel stop.
The reigning champion, one of the best at fuel-saving tactics, had a few more gallons onboard than those ahead of him when the race resumed with 32 laps to go but he was unable to get any further than third as the next caution would put those ahead of him inside their fuel windows.
Jimmie Johnson (Hendrick) kept his momentum for yet another week, finishing fourth ahead of Denny Hamlin. The JGR driver led early on and then recovered from running out of fuel while in a bittersweet day for the Toyota squad, Kyle Busch retired with engine failure, his second in the past two weeks.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. led 36 laps while running different tire strategies to the opposition but then had to charge from 16th on the penultimate restart following a stop for fuel 24 laps from the end. The Hendrick driver made in into the top 10 in the end, moving up to second in the standings behind new leader Matt Kenseth, who finished right ahead of him. Kenseth's Roush teammate Biffle led for 19 laps but suffered with engine-related issues and finished as the last car on the lead lap.
A total of 22 penalties were issued for pit road speed violations, the majority occurring close to pit exit. Following the track's resurfacing, the timing lines used by officials to measure average speeds were repositioned, leading to confusion among teams.
Results - 160 laps:
Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap
1. Joey Logano Gibbs Toyota 3h03m12.000s
2. Mark Martin Waltrip Toyota + 0.997s
3. Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Chevrolet + 1.717s
4. Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Chevrolet + 1.852s
5. Denny Hamlin Gibbs Toyota + 2.967s
6. Clint Bowyer Waltrip Toyota + 5.114s
7. Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Ford + 5.328s
8. Dale Earnhardt Jr Hendrick Chevrolet + 5.720s
9. Paul Menard Childress Chevrolet + 6.887s
10. Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Chevrolet + 7.808s
11. Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Ford + 8.423s
12. Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Chevrolet + 9.762s
13. Marcos Ambrose Petty Ford + 9.909s
14. Kevin Harvick Childress Chevrolet + 10.627s
15. Jeff Burton Childress Chevrolet + 11.903s
16. Regan Smith Furniture Row Chevrolet + 12.073s
17. Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Chevrolet + 13.033s
18. Brad Keselowski Penske Dodge + 13.039s
19. Jeff Gordon Hendrick Chevrolet + 13.440s
20. Martin Truex Jr Waltrip Toyota + 13.464s
21. David Reutimann Phoenix Chevrolet + 14.525s
22. Bobby Labonte JTG Daugherty Toyota + 15.342s
23. David Gilliland Front Row Ford + 15.375s
24. Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Ford + 18.889s
25. Dave Blaney Baldwin Chevrolet + 1 lap
26. Travis Kvapil BK Toyota + 1 lap
27. David Ragan Front Row Ford + 1 lap
28. Aric Almirola Petty Ford + 2 laps
Kasey Kahne Hendrick Chevrolet 139 laps
Kyle Busch Gibbs Toyota 76 laps
AJ Allmendinger Penske Dodge 64 laps
Tony Raines Baldwin Chevrolet 47 laps
Stephen Leicht Circle Sport Chevrolet 39 laps
Michael McDowell Parsons Ford 37 laps
Casey Mears Germain Ford 36 laps
JJ Yeley BK Toyota 33 laps
Joe Nemechek NEMCO Toyota 30 laps
Mike Bliss Humphrey Smith Toyota 26 laps
Stacy Compton Turn One Chevrolet 24 laps
Scott Riggs R3 Chevrolet 19 laps
Reed Sorenson FAS Lane Ford 12 laps
Josh Wise Front Row Ford 12 laps
Landon Cassill BK Toyota 1 lap