Kicking off the NASCAR Cup Series‘June schedule was the Enjoy Illinois 300 presented by TicketSmarter in Madison, Illinois on Sunday, and Joey Logano came out on top in overtime after a heated race.
With the win, Logano becomes the first driver to win a Cup race at Gateway.
Here are the top moments from Illinois:
Things got heated early in this one, as Chase Briscoe battled Austin Cindric for the first lead of the race, dodging lots of divebombs from the start.
trouble for the leader
Briscoe had a left rear tire go down that booted him out of the lead spot, which opened up room for Cindric to take over.
Stage 1 in the books
Cindric secured the opening-stage win, followed by Ryan Blaney, Tyler Reddick, Denny Hamlin and Ross Chastain rounding out the top five.
Hamlin got in the outside wall after some contact from Chastain, who Hamlin had been racing alongside for several lapses.
Sending a message
Hamlin hits the wall hard, breaking a toe link in the process. His team was able to repair it and get Hamlin back on track, and Hamlin wasted no time getting back up and running.
Caution for Blaney
The yellow flag came out when Blaney took a spin in Turn 2 due to a left rear flat tire. The green flag was back out at Lap 101, with Michael McDowell leading Reddick, Aric Almirola, Christopher Bell and more.
Spin off Turn 4!
Chastain got into Chase Elliott’s left rear. Harrison Burton and Bubba Wallace got caught up in the crossfire and became collateral damage.
With more than 20 laps led and counting, McDowell broke his career-high mark for laps led in a single race.
Wallace took a big spin in Turn 3, thanks to Ricky Stenhouse Jr., but the green flag returned at Lap 135.
Stage 2 done
Kurt Busch came out on top after a chaotic second stage, followed by Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson and Almirola rounding out the top five spots.
Trouble off Turn 2!
Reddick spun down to the inside of the track to being out another caution, ending a long green flag run.
On the move
The green flag was back out with 51 laps to go with Erik Jones leading — but not for long. Another caution came out when Briscoe got up and into the wall in Turn 4 and Stenhouse Jr. spun around off Turn 2.
Logano took the lead after putting a power move on Kyle Busch when things were green again.
Cole Custer spun and backed it into the outside wall in Turn 2, thanks to Todd Gilliland, bringing out the ninth caution of the day.
Stage 3 continues
Kyle Busch took the lead from Logano, who had led for 19 consecutive laps, at Lap 228, but things went into extra time after the yellow flag came out at Lap 237 when Kevin Harvick hit the wall in Turn 3 hard.
Logano pulled a crossover move and took the lead when the green flag was back, edging Kyle Busch by 0.655 seconds to secure the win.
Kurt Busch, Blaney, Almirola, Truex Jr., Jones, Chastain, Bell and AJ Allmendinger rounded out the top 10.
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