Instead, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series made a rare Monday afternoon appearance in Brooklyn, Michigan.
Prior to last Sunday's race at Pocono Raceway, the race that most recently resulted in the all-time NASCAR Cup Series pole-to-win drought record being broken took place in June of 2012 at Dover International Speedway.
To get it, he had to survive the overtime restart and hold off a winless and determined Kurt Busch of Chip Ganassi Racing. It has been the love of NASCAR racing and the thrill of a great time for race fans and drivers alike for 50 years. That's two fewer than Penske had all of a year ago, when Logano won the series title. The previous mark of 162 was set in 1989 by Rusty Wallace - although Logano's race was extended by the overtime. Kurt Busch 3. Martin Truex Jr. 4.
Joey Logano claimed his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win of the season.
Did other drivers have an issue with the final restart?
Truex ended up third at the checkered flag, followed by Daniel Suarez and Kyle Busch. However, nobody seems too bent out of shape about it, as Logano clearly had the best vehicle in the field. I was just going to push Truex straight through the 22 (Logano). "I had a good restart there, didn't I?" Bowyer was out of it after he went into the wall early in the final stage. That's what changed the complexion of the race. "It's exactly what I would have done in his position". He came home 3rd to Logano.
With just over 25 laps to go, the field began taking its final green flag pit stops.
"I felt like before that we were going to finish second no matter what". I don't know how you get away with that.
"We had a solid race auto".
One problem, though, and it's a significant one: While the new rules package allowed cars to stay bunched up, run wide open and draft all the way around the track, it didn't actually produce much passing.
"Early in the race, I kept getting runs, going underneath guys and beating them through the corner. It's frustrating at times".
"That's the way it goes". They didn't call it. Cars were fastest with drafting partners and could sustain major runs.
"Well, I was able to see it right in front of me", Joey Logano referred to his front row restarting position in the media center after the win. "Winning at MI means so much to Team Penske and Ford, being able to pull into this victory lane and see everybody means so much". Had a good start, though. That was a good one.
Make of all that what you will, but it's pretty clear how Logano feels about all this.
"I think there's a lot of advantages to winning the pole here in MI. I was able to put some notes together of certain cars can and can't do".
NASCAR reviewed the restart after the race and concluded no violation occurred. He did not jump the start in the eyes of the officials.