BRISTOL — Joey Logano used the pick and roll to win Friday night’s Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Logano used lapped cars as a pick to get by leader Kevin Harvick on lap 215 and then rolled to victory in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race.
“That was the only way I was able to pass, to use the lapped cars,” Logano said. “I had a good enough car to put myself in a position to pass. It seemed like the high line was the best way to go.”
The winning pass came after a determined effort by Logano. He ran the low groove for several laps pressuring Harvick, who stayed in the lead by running on the high side.
Harvick fell out of contention laps later when he ran out of fuel coming to pit road. He finished 15th.
With Harvick out of the way, Logano pulled away from Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kyle Busch and Elliott Sadler on a pair of late-race restarts.
It was Logano’s series-leading sixth win of the season and the 15th of his career. His first Bristol victory came one year after Logano was edged by Busch on the final lap in the same race.
“I had some good restarts and was able to pull away enough so the 6 (Stenhouse) and the 2 (Sadler) couldn’t catch me,” Logano said. “I’ve led the most laps in this race three or four times, and I’m glad we finally got a win. This is Bristol, one of the top three or four race tracks to win at.”
Stenhouse finished second in a Ford after bumping Sadler up the track on the final restart. Busch finished third in a Toyota with the Chevrolets of Austin Dillon and Sadler rounding out the top five.
Stenhouse took blame for his and Sadler’s late-race contact.
“That was my fault,” Stenhouse said. “I felt bad getting into Elliott. I definitely didn’t expect to do that. That wasn’t what I needed to do racing him for a championship.”
Sadler, the series leader by 19 points over Stenhouse, said the racing between the two won’t be as gentlemanly over the rest of the season.
“He said he didn’t mean to hit us,” Sadler said. “I’m glad he didn’t wreck us. We deserved to be better. We should have finished second at worse. He just opened it up where we can race each other a lot different those last 10 races.”
Danica Patrick, making her third Bristol start, finished ninth. Starting the race in 34th place, the 25 positions she made up were the most by any driver in the field. She is now tied with Joe Nemechek for 10th place in the driver standings.
Knoxville driver Trevor Bayne, driving a No. 60 Ford with a special paint scheme to honor former University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt, started on the pole and ran in the top 10 most of the race. Running fifth with 10 laps to go, he hit the turn two wall after contact from Dillon.
With the back of his car damaged, Bayne finished 16th, the last driver on the lead lap.
“I thought we were gonna at least get a top five, which we were in position for,” Bayne said. “Then the 3 car just drove over his head and took us out. That’s all there is to it.”
Dillon, driving the black No. 3, said the contact was a combination of loose race cars and a slick track surface.
“There at the end, racing with Trevor, he kept slipping,” Dillon said. “I got loose and got into him. With the way everybody was slipping, somebody was going to be wrecked there at the end.”
Overall, the race featured seven lead changes among four drivers and nine caution periods for 59 laps. Pulling away from Stenhouse and the pack over the final four laps, Logano’s margin of victory was 0.503 seconds.