RICHMOND, Va. -- Joey Logano took the lead for the final time with four laps to go and went on to win the Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday night. With the win, Logano joins Kevin Harvick as the only two multirace winners in 2014 with two apiece.
"It feels great," Logano said. "I want to start winning some races in the Chase, now. These cars right now are so good and Penske is doing such a great job with these cars right now. I am just the lucky guy that gets to drive these things."
Jeff Gordon finished second, Kyle Busch was third, Brad Keselowski fourth and Matt Kenseth rounded out the top-five.
Kenseth had the lead with nine laps to go, but he was unable to hold off Gordon and Keselowski. As the three-car battle ensued, Logano passed them for the lead and the win.
"Yeah, it was a wild finish," Keselowski said. "It just came down to, really, a four-way battle between the 2 (Keselowski), the 20 (Kenseth), the 24 (Gordon) and the 22 (Logano), and we had a great car for the short runs and we got up there, challenging for the lead. The 20 car ran me off the race track, so I made sure to give him a bump and that was what Joey needed to win the race."
Gordon dominated through the second half of the race. He did give up the lead to Logano on lap 243 but got back to the front a few laps later. Dale Earnhardt Jr. also led a few laps late.
"Our car was really, really good the first 20 laps of a run," Logano said. "The 2 car (of teammate Keselowski) was the same way."
Kenseth took the lead for the first time with 39 laps to go and maintained the top spot through three late-race restarts before giving up the position to Logano in the closing laps.
Tire issues resulted in four cars catching fire when shredded tire rubber flew around under the hood. Clint Bowyer, Cole Whitt, Reed Sorenson and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. each saw their race efforts go up in smoke with flat tires.
Tire issues also hurt Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards, causing unscheduled pit stops under green that kept them from mounting a challenge.
Keselowski was the leader at the halfway point. He was the laps leader throughout the first half of the race, with Harvick and Gordon being the other two drivers who led significant laps.
"Tonight, we really didn't have a good short-run car; we had a really good long-run car," Gordon said. "For about 40 or 50 laps, it was about the best car out there. I had a blast. It was great short track racing here at Richmond."
Keselowski was the beneficiary from an incident between polesitter Kyle Larson and Bowyer on the first lap that handed the lead to Keselowski. He lost that lead to Harvick on lap 32. Harvick almost lost the lead to Kasey Kahne on lap 40, but a competition caution came out just in time to keep Harvick in the top spot.
Harvick did lose the lead on lap 56 to Keselowski. Keselowski then gave up the lead to Gordon on the next caution at lap 99. He also gave up four additional spots on pits on pit road.
But when the race returned to green, he raced his way back toward the front, moving up to second on lap 137 as Gordon continued to lead.
Keselowski then retook the lead shortly after a restart on lap 173. His Team Penske teammate followed him by Gordon to take over second.
NOTES: Rain canceled qualifying on Friday, putting Larson, the fastest in practice, on the pole. ... Harvick won the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Richmond on Friday night in dominating fashion, leading 202 of 250 laps. ... Goodyear brought a new tire to Richmond and tire wear was an issue throughout the weekend. ... Carl Edwards raced the same car he drove to the win at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway earlier in the season. ... Heading into Saturday night's race, Kyle Busch led active drivers with four Richmond wins. ... Edwards was the most recent race winner at Richmond, winning in September 2013. ... Harvick won at Richmond in April 2013.