Joey Logano grabs the checkered flag after winning the Firekeepers Casino 400 Monday at MIS. Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports.
By Jeff Steers
It seemed only fitting that the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway went into overtime.
The event was postponed on Sunday due to rainy weather and started more than 24 hours later on Monday.
Joey Logano led 163 of the 203 laps Monday afternoon, winning his third event at the Brooklyn speedway.
A late caution sent the race into overtime. Logano held off Kurt Busch in the green-white-checker finish.
Martin Truex Jr. finished third at MIS, Daniel Suarez placed fourth, and Kyle Busch was fifth.
Michigan native Brad Keselowski finished sixth – meaning a Michigan-born driver has not won a NASCAR Cup Series race at MIS in 100 tries.
Rounding out the top 10 were Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman, Ryan Blaney, and Alex Bowman respectively.
The win means Ford Motor Company won control of the manufacturer’s trophy.
Local fans may have noticed the Melling Engine Parts Ford entered in the FireKeepers race. Michael McDowell started 23rd in the race, but finished 27th overall.
Melling dominated races at MIS in the 1980s as Bill Elliott won four consecutive events at Brooklyn.
Elliott was at the track on Monday watching his son, Chase, finish 20th in the event.
NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series returns to MIS in August with the Consumers Energy 400.