MADISON, Ill. - Joey Logano watched helplessly as Kyle Busch drove away from him on a late restart Sunday, seemingly ending his hopes of delivering a much-needed win for Team Penske in the NASCAR Cup Series debut at World Wide Technology Raceway.
Kevin Harvick's wreck with five laps left gave Logano another chance.
He took advantage of overtime, too, winning a drag race with Busch into the first corner, then jockeying briefly for the lead, before pulling away in his Penske Ford from the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota to take the white flag and eventually his second win of the season.
"It doesn't get much better than that, racing for the lead like that with Kyle, one of the best, crossing each other back and forth," Logano said. "I knew it was coming. I did it to him. I knew he was going to do it to me."
Kurt Busch of 23XI Racing finished third in another Toyota, with Penske's Ryan Blaney fourth, Stewart-Haas Racing's Aric Almirola fifth and JGR's Martin Truex Jr. sixth. The highest finish for a Chevrolet driver was seventh-place Erik Jones for Petty GMS Motorsports.
"I'm way out of breath here," Logano said. "What a great car. Really fast."
By the end, he had watched Kyle Busch drive away on a restart with 13 laps remaining, only to get a reprieve when Harvick crashed with five to go. That led to a green-white-checkered finish at the 1 1/4-mile hairpin east of St. Louis, where Busch chose the outside lane as Logano drove his No. 22 car to the inside once again.
This time it was Logano that won the race to the first turn and moved in front of Busch, who crossed him over and took the lead into the sweeping third and fourth turns. That's where Logano went low and pulled ahead, gaining the space he needed to pull away when Busch got a little sideways coming out of the fourth tourn.
"We stayed in the running all day and fought hard," Logano said, "and thought maybe we could, and that was it."
World Wide Technology Raceway, nestled just across the Mississippi River from the Gateway Arch, produced a thriller for a sellout crowd of more than 60,000 who endured temperatures in the 90s.
The Cup Series heads to the road course at Sonoma Raceway in California's wine country next Sunday before taking a week off.
IndyCar: Power wins
DETROIT - Will Power closed IndyCar's Belle Isle era with a Team Penske victory, taking the final Detroit Grand Prix on the island park to regain the lead in the season points standings.
Power held off Alexander Rossi in the closing laps for his first win of the season. All three Penske drivers have a win through seven IndyCar races on the schedule.
Sunday's victory for the 41-year-old Australian was redemption from a year ago, when Power controlled the first race of a Belle Isle doubleheader. A late caution brought out a red flag, and Power's car couldn't start for the finish.
This year's Belle Isle finale was only one race, and the event will return to its original downtown street course layout in 2023.
Power beat Rossi to the finish by 1.0027 seconds. Scott Dixon was third for Chip Ganassi Racing and followed by Penske's Josef Newgarden, who started in pole position.
The victory was a celebration for Chevrolet, the race sponsor whose headquarters loom over the Belle Isle course. It gave Chevrolet its 100th victory since it returned to IndyCar competition in 2012.
And it was, of course, a celebration for team owner Roger Penske, a longtime Detroit resident and promoter of the race. For Power, the 41st win of his career moved him within one of Michael Andretti for fourth place on the all-time list.