BROOKLYN, Mich. Joey Logano boosted his chances of reaching the Chase for the Sprint Cup, winning for the first time this season in a fuel-mileage race at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday.
Logano, the pole sitter, and Kevin Harvick breezed past Mark Martin with just over three laps to go in the 200-lap race. Martin had been trying to stretch fuel, but when he faltered, Logano held off Harvick.
With three races left before the Chase, Logano is in 13th place in the standings, seven points behind Martin Truex Jr. for the second wild card.
Logano has had an eventful season. He and teammate Brad Keselowski were docked 25 points each after NASCAR inspectors confiscated parts from the rear suspensions of their cars before the April 13 race at Texas. More recently, he posted back-to-back 40th-place finishes.
"A roller coaster, to say the least," Logano said. "We've just got to keep that momentum going. It just goes to show as long as nothing goes wrong knock on wood we've been pretty good."
The race began with 10 of the first 17 laps under caution. There were nine cautions in all, and Logano and Kurt Busch led for 94 of the 200 laps.
Martin charged late, bidding for his first Cup win since 2009, but his fuel didn't hold up. He finished 27th.
"We saved a bunch of gas, but we needed one more yellow," Martin said. "One more yellow and we would have been in good shape."
Points leader Jimmie Johnson lasted less than 60 laps before engine trouble knocked him out. He finished 40th and is now winless in 24 Cup starts at MIS. His lost weekend began when a crash in practice Saturday forced him to use a backup car and start at the back of the field. He quickly made his way into contention before the engine problem.
"You know, this track is hard on engines, and these guys will figure out what went on there," Johnson said.
NHRA in Brainerd, Minn. Ron Capps won the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals for his third Funny Car victory of the season.
Spencer Massey collected his fourth Top Fuel title this season, and Mike Edwards posted his fifth Pro Stock title this year.