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Logano speeds to third-place finish

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Joey Logano led the Coca-Cola Racing Family with a third-place finish Saturday night in the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway.

The 22-year-old driver of the No. 22 sprinted through the field on a green-white-checkered restart to finish third, the best showing of his young career at the .75-mile track.

Ryan Newman joined Logano in the top 15 by finishing 15th after running in the top five for a spell before a series of late cautions.

Tony Stewart also finished in the top 20 with his 18th-place effort.

A roundup on the six Coca-Cola Racing Family drivers:

Joey Logano (No. 22)

Penske Racing, Ford

Last week:
Logano may have kept his season on track at Richmond, taking advantage of a late caution and green-white-checkered finish to take third place. On the heels of a 39th-place showing at Kansas, the third matches his best finish of the year and gives the No. 22 team a jolt heading into a week in which the Penske Racing appeals are scheduled to be heard.
This week: In eight career starts at Talladega Superspeedway, Logano has two top-fives and four top-10s. In the past eight years at Talladega, Logano ranks 11th out of 50 drivers with an average place of 17.7.
Where he stands: Logano is 17th in the standings with 228 points.
What he said: "It wasn't pretty for a while, that's for sure. It looked like at the beginning of the race we were going to finish 20th. We were going backwards, but Todd Gordon made some good adjustments and got some speed back in the car. ? Getting to the bottom (at the end) and watching all these guys on old tires and new tires, everybody was rooting and gouging each other out of the way and I was able to just go to the bottom and pass cars and follow (second-place finisher Clint) Bowyer pretty much right through the whole pack."

Ryan Newman (No. 39)

Stewart-Haas Racing, Chevrolet

Last week:
Pit strategy allowed Ryan Newman to jump up to fourth place on Lap 320, but the No. 39 couldn't maintain his hold. He fell back through the field over the final 80-plus laps and finished 15th, exactly where he started.
This week: In 22 career starts at Talladega Superspeedway, Newman has four top-fives and eight top-10s. In the past eight years at Talladega, Newman ranks 30th out of 50 drivers with an average place of 21.8.
Where he stands: Newman is 16th in the standings with 229 points.
What he said
: "It was a long, challenging night. It certainly wasn't the finish we were expecting tonight at Richmond, but I've got to thank all the guys at Stewart-Haas Racing for all their hard work."

Tony Stewart (No. 14)

Stewart-Haas Racing, Chevrolet

Last week:
Luck finally appeared to be on Stewart's side Saturday night. Despite a previous spinout in Turn 1 of Lap 326 that also collected Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch, Stewart rallied and started fifth on the green-white-checkered finish. The No. 14, though, was bumped out of his groove by a hard-charging Kurt Busch and finished 18th, outside of the top 10 for the eighth time in nine races this season and outside the top 15 for the sixth consecutive race. An angry Stewart swapped paint with Busch on the cool-down lap.
This week: In 28 career starts at Talladega Superspeedway, Stewart has one win, nine top-fives and 13 top-10s. In the past eight years at Talladega, Stewart ranks seventh out of 50 drivers with an average place of 16.7.
Where he stands: Stewart is 22nd in the standings with 207 points.
What he said: "It hadn't been a great weekend, but we had made some adjustments and were actually going to leave here with a decent finish until everything that happened at the end."

Danica Patrick (No. 10)

Stewart-Haas Racing, Chevrolet

Last week:
Patrick started 30th and didn't get much better Saturday night. As low as 37th at one point, she finished 29th, four laps down.
This week: Patrick has no starts at Talladega Superspeedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Where she stands: Patrick is 26th in the standings with 169 points.
What she said: "We just couldn't loosen the car up enough to make the center work the way we needed to."

Greg Biffle (No. 16)

Roush Fenway Racing, Ford

Last week:
Historically, Biffle has not had success at Richmond. The No. 16 Ford qualified 33rd and didn't get much better throughout the Toyota Owners 400. A broken left front shock sent Biffle for a spin on Lap 233, bringing out the fifth caution of the race. He finished 36th and is out of the top six in the points standings for the first time since the third race of the season.
This week: In 20 career starts at Talladega Superspeedway, Biffle has two top-fives and five top-10s. In the past eight years at Talladega, Biffle ranks 26th out of 50 drivers with an average place of 20.6.
Where he stands: Biffle is eighth in the standings with 272 points.

Denny Hamlin (No. 11)

Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota

Last week:
An injured Denny Hamlin watched Brian Vickers drive his No. 11 Toyota to a 35th-place finish after getting into the wall multiple times. Hamlin's status for Sunday's race is uncertain.
This week: In 14 career starts at Talladega Superspeedway, Hamlin has three top-fives and five top-10s. In the past eight years at Talladega, Hamlin ranks ninth out of 50 drivers with an average place of 17.0. If Hamlin misses the race with an injury, his substitute will be Vickers. Vickers has one win, four top-fives and six top-10s at Talladega in 14 career starts. In the past eight years at Talladega, Vickers ranks eighth out of 50 drivers with an average place of 16.9.
Where he stands: Hamlin is 28th in the standings with 145 points.

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